The 100% hands-free challenge

Saunders-45X64.JPGPosted by Alec Saunders
In April of this year the Ontario Government passed hands-free legislation. It is likely to go into effect some time this fall, and when it does all forms of handheld devices that can be used in a car will be banned – this includes GPS receivers, satellite receivers, iPods and other gadgets. Penalties will be stiff, including fines of up to $1,000 and up to six demerit points.
Recently I’ve been using the Contour Design SurfaceSound Compact Bluetooth Speaker in my vehicle. This speaker clips to the visor above the driver. The microphone is on a small swing down arm, which also activates the bluetooth radio. When receiving a call, you simply swing the arm down. In a second or so the bluetooth connection is made, and you are able to speak. When finished the call, swing the arm back, and the unit turns off.
The battery life is outstanding when used as I described. Since last November, when I acquired the SurfaceSound Compact, I have charged twice. That’s right – two times.
Sound quality is also good. The 2”x3” speaker allows good volume and reasonable quality audio. With a little practice, the microphone arm is easily placed where you can be heard, without interfering with your driving.
The biggest challenge is in placing a call. iPhone makes this very difficult because it has no support for voice dialing – a major omission. Click here to read more of Alec's post.

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