Sound ID let us know they have released a new application called EarPrint which lets you control and personalize your Sound ID Bluetooth headset. For now it looks like it is limited to the Sound ID 510 Bluetooth headset but I am hoping they will expand it to newer and even older models. This kind of reminds me of the Jawbone custom firmware apps but without the need of a PC. The EarPrint app provides you with the following controls:
- PersonalSound – With the free EarPrint app, users can customize and save listening preferences via Personal Sound. While on a call, simply drag the ID icon across the phone screen to change the audio parameters and enhance the listening levels.
- Choose the audio parameters for three listening modes: Phone, Music and Pass-Thru.
- Pass-Thru – Enhances hearing ability so soft surrounding sounds can be heard while wearing the headset and not on a call.
- Visual Battery Indicator – Provides battery life status.
- Find Me – Help to locate a missing 510 – press the “Find Me” icon on the phone and the headset will start emitting a beeping sound and the LED will begin to flash.
- Sound Level Meter – Provides audio details in real-time so users know when sound reaches levels that could potentially damage hearing.
- In Call Tools – Allows users to have the green LED flash when on a call or remain off.
So far EarPrint works with the BlackBerry Torch 9800, BlackBerry Storm 9550, BlackBerry Storm 9530 and BlackBerry Storm 9520 (the Blackberry Bold and Curve will be added by the end of December). You can learn more about the EarPrint app at this link on Sound ID’s website or if you already own a Sound ID 510 you can pick up the app in App World.
As I mentioned before it only works with the Sound ID 510 which includes an impressive feature set:
- A2DP Technology – Enjoy listening to music, GPS navigation, webcasts and more.
- Voice Announcements – Provides connection and status announcements.
- 3X NoiseNavigation – Three microphones, a fine scale noise-cancelling algorithm and advanced sound processing help eliminate background noise
- Multi-Point Technology – Allows users to securely connect with two Bluetooth-enabled phones.
- RealComfort™ EarLoops 2.0 – Scientifically engineered for comfort and to better channel sound into the ear for enhanced listening.
- Touch Sensor Volume Control – Offers easy volume adjustment by simply sliding a finger across the headset.
- On/Off Switch – Helps to conserve battery life and avoid accidental pocket-dialing.
The only downside is that the headset is currently only selling at AT&T Wireless, Fry’s Electronics, Best Buy Canada or at www.soundid.com for $129.99. I am not sure why they did not include mass retailers like Amazon but hopefully they will expand. On the other hand there are some refurbished ones selling on Amazon for $34.95.