I was reading an article on IntoMobile over the weekend where it listed some stats that really surprised me. The research firm Strategy Analytics found that only 26 percent US headset owners use their Bluetooth device every day. That is pretty low if you consider the fact that last year the number was at 43%. Maybe it is just not that cool any more to walk down the street talking to yourself. The numbers are a little higher in Europe but only time will tell if Europe does follow the US.
This lead me to believe that what Bluetooth headsets are lacking is the coolness factor. Maybe those extra 17% were using their headsets for the look at me factor. Now that practically every phone has Bluetooth and headsets can be had for sub $20 prices it may no longer be cool.
So you might ask what the solution may be. The guys at MobileCrunch spotted the Bluetooth Rings concept design from bck. Seriously these are two rings that you wear and actually talk to your hand! I guess they will have to rename it from hands-free to hand-full and I cannot imagine driving while using one of these… 🙂 Still the novelty is amazing.
What do you think? Are you using your Bluetooth headset less?