Even Bluetooth Headsets Have an App Store! Are High Tech Toilet Apps Next?

It was bound to happen sooner or later. There is now an app store for a Bluetooth headset…

CNET: Aliph Jawbone Icon boasts industry-first software platform

Matt Miller over at ZDNet (who has been nice enough to participate in a couple of podcasts here) has had it for a couple of days and has a review of it here…

Review: Jawbone ICON brings style and intelligence to a Bluetooth headset

Matt put the $99.99 ICON through its paces and tried out a couple of apps with varying but mostly postive results. One of the less than glowing aspects was the iPhone 3GS’ apparent inability to route music to the headset instead of its own speaker. The Nokia N97 mini was able to perform this task correctly according to Matt. So, the iPhone’s less than spectacular Bluetooth implementation was the issue in that test.

One ICON feature that looks very useful is the ability of the ICON to work with its iPhone app to provide its battery level as a icon on the iPhone’s screen. It can also alert you about a low battery condition with an audible message in its own ear piece.

You can learn more about the Jawbone ICON here…

Jawbone ICON (product page)

And, its app website is found here…

Jawbone MyTALK Beta

So, what gadget will get an app store next? Perhaps those high tech toilets in Japan? Here’s an ancient one (circa 2004) that still looks future tech to many of us in the US. The photo comes from an article I wrote for O’Reilly Media way back in 2005. You can find that article here…

Japan Primer for the Mac Techno-Tourist

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