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Helium Digital's HDBT-990
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Beam Me Up Scotty!
Helium Digital's HDBT-990

The Star Trek age is coming to be with this latest wristband communicator. Helium Digital has introduced into the market a gadget that could revolutionize handsfree communication. Here is a bluetooth headset that you actually wear on your wrist, hence the name Digital HDBT-990 Bluetooth Wristband Communicator. It’s a combination of bluetooth headset, speakerphone and boyscout wrist band.
The HDBT-990 Wristband Communicator is a stylish, lightweight wristband designed to provide handsfree communication on the go. The vibration notification will silently notify you of incoming calls, allowing you to take your calls directly from the wristband.
The HDBT-990 provides handsfree communication for an active lifestyle. It is perfect for use while running, biking, golfing, or many other activities for which a standard Bluetooth headset may not be suitable. The microphone of the HDBT-990 is optimized to be used at a distance of 12 – 18 inches, which means it does not need to be held to your mouth during a conversation. This allows you to keep your hands free for more important activities, such as keeping both hands on the steering wheel while driving, providing a safe and efficient method for handsfree communication.
hdbt-990If you’re wondering what’s the purpose of Helium Digital HDBT-990 Bluetooth Wristband Communicator I can tell you: it’s for people that look silly wearing a headset on their ears all the time. Yeap, it’s for everyone! You don’t have of course the luxury of confidentiality, as everyone around you is gonna hear what you have to say, but it can be used comfortably in conditions where a tight fit is required.
As usability goes, the HDBT-990 Wristband Communicator is easy to use: press the big button to answer a phone call (which is signaled with vibration), or press the volume up to hear Caller ID in cases you don’t know who’s calling and talk holding the band closer to your mouth to make yourself head. If you want to look James Bond/Special Service cool roll over the wristband so that the speaker faces the same side as your palm.
Needless to say that the lack of a small screen to show who’s actually calling makes it difficult to operate, especially when the phone is not around but you can get used to this. The Helium HDBT-990 Wristband Communicator charges through a microUSB adapter and lasts up to 4 hours talk time and 160 standby, which are pretty good numbers. It’s even A2DP compatible so you could listen to some tunes, but the small speakerphone doesn’t make this action too enjoyable.
What you might not like about this gadget is the price, situated around the $80 mark (you can buy it from Helium’s website, but for an innovative gadgets with Star Trek like features I believe is worth it.

Specifications of the HDBT-990 are as follows;
• Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR
• Audible Caller ID
• Incoming Call Vibration Alert
• Out of Range Vibration Alert
• Up to 4 hours talk time, and 160 hours standby time.
• Supports A2DP (Stereo), Headset, and Handsfree Bluetooth profiles.
• Echo elimination and noise cancellation to optimize call clarity.

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