Use your Bluetooth headset as a walkie-talkie

Dragon Bluetooth headset by Callpod

The new Dragon Bluetooth headset ($119.99, available now) by Callpod not only provides noise-cancellation features and simultaneous pairing between a Bluetooth mobile phone and a PC using Skype, but the coolest feature may be that it can pair with a second Dragon headset for two-way radio communications over a 250,000 square-foot area. Software within the headset allows for the walkie-talkie functions - users can press the multifunction button on the headset and talk with a second Dragon owner in the same area. Furthermore, the company plans to come out with the Callpod Phoenix (no availability details yet), which will be able to link up to 5 headsets in a group conference or push-to-talk environment. Companies that only need two-way communications for team members (albeit a small team) could consider these headsets as alternatives to walkie-talkies or push-to-talk cell phones. In addition to the two-way features, the Dragon offers noise-cancellation features for regular Bluetooth cell phone calls. The headset features proprietary dual-microphone noise suppression technology, isolating the user's voice and removing background noise. The company says it does this through new Bluetooth technology, such as enhanced audio channels called eSCO, with SCO links also being supported. The headset also supports ranges up to 328 feet (100 meters) from the Bluetooth device, and can also connect to a Bluetooth-enabled PC for Skype calls simultaneously, letting users switch between a PC and mobile phone by pushing a button. The Dragon includes two reversible earwraps for custom-ear fits. The rechargeable battery provides up to eight hours of talk time and up to 300 hours in standby mode.

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