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Bluetooth stereo headphones: Look, Mom, only one wire!


Etymotic's Ety8 looks like the first practical Bluetooth in-the-ear earphone set.

It's not quite cordless, for it needs a thin cable from left to right (or vice versa), but with the radio receiver, controls (volume and song selection buttons), and battery within the earpods themselves, this is the first small, practical self-contained Bluetooth earset for phones, iPods, and MP3 players.

Other Bluetoothed earsets are already in the market, but they have dangling cords to a bat-belt pack or a pocketed controller. The sheer practicality of the Ety8 design for folks who have to crawl around racks and under desks for our living is unmistakable.

The entire kit includes a case, charger, and multiple tips for different sized ears, plus a Bluetooth adapter for dockable iPods.

Did you click through to look, and is this more appealing than dangling wires everywhere?

4 comments
Don Ticulate
Don Ticulate

It is like wearing a set of matchboxes on the side of your head. Not for me thank you!

Absolutely
Absolutely

I don't like it. Since there is a wire connecting right & left anyway, I would have put the controls, and both amplifiers on the other ear, onto a single unit that could clip to the top of your shirt, or nose ring, or whatever you have that's clippable in that neighborhood.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Very nice idea, indeed, and a lot more trendy than the chain between the ear and nose, which was popular in the '80s. Do you think anyone would notice? ;-)

K7AAY
K7AAY

Is this design more appealing than wires dangling everywhere?

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