On every version of Bluetooth headsets, there will be a button that will turn it on and off, and this button will essentially answer and end phone calls. Learn about power-saving devices in Bluetooth headsets with help from a digital media specialist in this free video on Bluetooth headsets.
I know, no I'll pick that up on the way home, no that sounds good, I'll talk to, I know, I got to go. Oh hey, hi, it's Rokosz, your digital lifestyle expert here telling you a little bit about how to use one of these Bluetooth devices. Well first of all let's talk a bit about Bluetooth. These are common devices, it's a common protocol licensed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group out of Germany, it also represents a signal hopping protocol. It's a small RF frequency that can actually break things up upon up to 79 different packets and send them out. All you need to know is it's a great way for to communicate between hand held or ear devices like this that we normally think of Bluetooth, but communicating between laptops and desktop computers, laptops and cellphones, laptops and ear pieces, it's basically a low cost, low power consumption, small range broadcasting protocol that allows video, data and audio to go through the air and be picked up. And it's also a nice protocol because it's been standardized meaning that Josh, they could come up with so many different ways to broadcast between these devices but Bluetooth offers one where you can buy, hey I got a Bluetooth enabled product and I buy another Bluetooth enabled product and they should talk to each other. So let's get right down to it. On the Bluetooth headset there's really a couple of parts here. I've got a common one here by Motorola and in the other ear I've got one by Apple made for any phone but developed specifically for the iPhone. They all have basically the same pieces. There is going to be one button somewhere on the units, OK? And that is going to be your on and off button as far as answering or denying calls go. Now it also can act as an on off button depending on long you hold it down. This particular model here has got a power saving device where it flips open and the unit doesn't become activated until it's flipped open, becomes a little bit larger as you put it up to your ear and get the microphone a little bit closer to your mouth, but if you don't need it and slip it in your pocket it's not always in the on mode. In the older versions it was a little bit more difficult because you'd stay and you'd hold the button down for a second until you saw the blinking light and then you knew you were good. Here when you're done using a flip out model like this, you're done, you flip it closed like the old flip phone and then throw it in your pocket so you don't look, well you know how you look if you just leave this thing hanging out of your ear everyone you go. Convenient yes, friendly not so much. This particular model has a few of the extra add-ons that you would see in a full function Bluetooth headset. The first being the fact that you can control the volume with buttons on either the top or bottom of the unit, very common. Motorola is one of the more prolific manufacturers of Bluetooth devices and make some excellent ones also. And here if we were to receive a call, we would simply, well we'd first of all, step one would be to activate this to turn it on then we'd put it up to our ear. If we were to receive a call, again with one finger simply click the button, hello, and you're ready to go. Now if your phone is voice activated too, one of the things you can do is hit the button, hear the phone say here listen, would you like to make a call? You say yes, call Bob and then most likely you'll say call Bob, Bob, call Bob, Bob, where's my phone. So you can certainly do that through it also and then to hangup it's simply push it again. This particular model on most of them, it's either close to turn off or hold down the button until it does. This one is recharged using a mini USB so you can go ahead and charge it up there and some of them like the Apple, go figure, have a custom cradle to deal with. So I'm Rokosz, your digital lifestyle expert giving you a little information on how to use that Bluetooth device.