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08-30-2011, 09:16 PM #1Hands-Free Calling Finally Here for iPad?
Jawbone announces Icon HD headset with improved audio, 'Nerd' adapter for making PC-based VoIP calls -- Engadget
Could it finally happen? CCK + this non-bluetooth proprietary dongle = Hands-free audio calling goodness?
08-31-2011, 09:54 AM #2
There is no mention of the USB dongle working with an iPad. Since iOS has very limited USB support (with the camera connection kit) I highly doubt it will work. The camera connection kit also doesn't supply enough power to even work with most USB keyboards.Devices: iPhone 3GS iOS 5.0.1 (old boot ROM), iPad 2 64GB/3G/4.10.01 iOS 4.3.3, Android and WM phones as well
09-05-2011, 05:01 PM #3
If you check Youtube, there are plenty of people that plug in generic audio devices to the iPad through the CCK (microphones, for instance) and the device works just fine because its generic: no special drivers needed. Also, there's a big difference in terms of power requirements between a keyboard (most of the lower-end ones have been shown to work fine with iPad through CCK if you check YouTube) and a small wireless dongle. I'd imagine the dongle would sip fewer watts.
In particular, the part of the press release that caught my eye was "As soon as you plug The NERD into any USB port, it will automatically register as a USB audio device and connect to your ICON HD headset so that you can listen to music, watch videos, play games or take VoIP calls – no software downloads required, no hassle of Bluetooth setup. " which suggests this may very well be the VoIP unicorn that iPad users have been looking for.
Last edited by NessLookAlike; 09-05-2011 at 05:06 PM.
09-05-2011, 08:09 PM #4
Can you not just use a regular blue tooth headset? Like one without a dongle that you just pair with your device? I don't use blue tooth headsets, but I'm surprised if you can't.
09-05-2011, 11:02 PM #5
So you can pair up a bluetooth headset with an iPad or iPod, but the microphone will not work! All you can do with it is listen to audio from the iDevice. Suppose you have a SIP application and everything is set up to make calls from the iPad or iPod.. to make a call, you'll have to hold up your ear to the speaker on the bottom and speak into the mic on top! And trying to use an iPad as a phone is awkward at best.. without a headset solution, which is what this Jawbone product may represent.
09-09-2011, 12:40 PM #6