Bluetooth first for Gitex

Gitex will host the worldwide launch of the first Bluetooth 1.2 enabled wireless headset when Jabra introduces its BT800 product at the show.

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By  Gitex Times Staff Published  September 28, 2004

Gitex will host the worldwide launch of the first Bluetooth 1.2 enabled wireless headset when Jabra introduces its BT800 product at the show. Vincent H. Peña, country manager, EMEA Key Venture Markets, spoke exclusively to ITP.net about the firm’s forthcoming BT800, which he claims is the first Bluetooth device to utilise version 1.2 of the wireless Bluetooth standard. This follows Jabra’s being the first firm to be granted a Bluetooth 1.2 license. "Our brand new 1.2 Bluetooth headset is the BT800, which incorporates DNP (Digital Signal Processing) noise cancellation technology," says Peña. "We're globally launching the BT800 at Gitex. It will then go on sale in this region at the end of October or early November." Jabra’s BT800 features a blue backlit LED display for caller ID and uses a jog wheel to access menu options. Users can select their favourite ringing tones in the headset or use the built-in call-vibrate feature. The BT800's DSP (Digital Signal Processing) noise reduction technology is designed to improve audio clarity in noisy and windy environments, and automatically adjusts the device’s volume level in response to background noise. The BT800 weighs just 25 grams and according to Jabra’s pre-launch press information, offers six hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby time. Jabra is exhibiting at its partner Alpha 55’s stand in hall four and will also showcase its recently launched SP100 speakerphone at Gitex. Though largely designed for car use, the device can also be placed on a desktop for use in the home or office. "The Jabra SP100 Bluetooth speakerphone is the first high-quality cordless mobile speakerphone that enables consumers to stay productive while on the go or in the office," Peña claims. Bluetooth Specification Version 1.2 is an updated version of the core wireless Bluetooth technology. 1.2 includes new features such as Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH), which has been designed to reduce interference between wireless devices that share the 2.4GHz frequency, such as microwave ovens and ‘g’ and ‘b’ standard wireless IT products.

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