Ever since the State of California passed its car--using my iPhone's earbuds and mic., I've actually started making more phone calls--in and out of my
I guess the law made me more aware that I actually have a mic on my earbuds and walking down the street while seemingly talking to yourself is a great way to freak people out. Although not so much in San Francisco anymore.
Damn tangents. Anyway, the earbuds and mic are great for phone calls, but what about e-mail and voice messages? Well, IMS is saying it has you covered. On Wednesday, the company announced the North American availability of iLane, which we previously covered .
iLane hooks up directly to the "majority" of smartphones (the iPhone, Blackberry 8000 series and newer smartphones running the Blackberry OS 4.1 included) and allows you to control your smartphone through voice command alone. No hands required.
The device comes with a Bluetooth headset, and reads e-mail, voice messages, and scheduled meetings out loud in what seems to be a synthesized female voice. Unfortunately, the voice has an American instead of a British accent, but I guess you can't have everything.
Like we needed another reason to work even more hours during the day. Well, at least now we won't have to risk our lives to do it.
The device is now available in North America at a suggested retail price of $599, plus $7.99 ($6.48) per month for the service.
Check out the demo here.