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May 2, 2008
July 1 isnt that far away. When California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation about a year and a half ago forbidding cellphone use without a headset while driving in the state, it seemed far enough into the future to not think about. Not that I make a habit of talking on the cell when Im operating my motor vehicle, but its helpful when Im running late to let someone know Ill be there eventually. And more than once when Ive been stuck in traffic on my commute, I figure, why not give Mom a call?
I realize that keeping both hands on the steering wheel at all times is probably the safest way to drive. But Ive avoided headsets as long as using them was voluntary. Most gadgets are just encumbrances to me. And I hate stuff in my ears.
But now its down to the wire. The cut-off date for having cellphone in hand while behind the wheel is rapidly approaching, and theres no grace period (believe me, I checked). So, the fact theres now a solar-powered Bluetooth on the market caught my attention. Anything to get me excited about the prospect of committing to a headset.
The Iqua BHS-603 SUN has the courtesy of charging itself. At $100, its not cheap, but its also not the priciest Bluetooth-enabled headset either. And it is eco, isnt it?
Sorta, my husband, Dave, said. (I consult with him on all things technological; hes the kind of guy who assembles his own homemade electrical switches.) It doesnt take much power to charge or use a headset, Dave told me. But every bit of power we get from the sun rather than from fossil fuel is an environmental bonus. Continuing to look on the sunny side, he added that its a good sign if this product is part of a trend making solar-powered technology more available.
So much for scoring the first solar-powered Bluetooth headset as an impulse buy. But I havent given up on it either. Ive got a few weeks yet to decide.