Callpod Phoenix Provides Bluetooth Conferencing With Headsets

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We talked about this briefly in our review of Callpod's Dragon Bluetooth headset, but the company (who also brought you the Chargepod) is coming out with a conferencing solution as well. Instead of hooking up two Dragon headsets directly to each other, you can connect a bunch of them through a Phoenix, which serves as a teleconferencing base without making everyone crowd around a table with a Polycom on it. In fact, people don't even have to be in the same room—you could walk to the bathroom and take a leak and nobody would even know. [Callpod]

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@myotheralt: I think the idea is that you are conferencing with people who are in a different physical location. Which is the whole point of a teleconference. As the post pointed out, there are times when tabletop conferencing units suck.

"In fact, people don't even have to be in the same room-you could walk to the bathroom and take a leak and nobody would even know."

I was once at a conference where during the Q&A sections, a guy would hand a wireless microphone to whoever was called on by the presenter. It turns out that he was also the guy who was running the PA system, and when he went to the bathroom, during one of the presentations, he forgot to turn off the microphone. So we're all sitting there and all of a sudden we hear shuffling and grunting and then the obvious sound of a stream hitting a urinal (Yeah, I'm glad it wasn't anything worse). After that, we heard him pause at the mirror long enough to say "mmmm, handsome devil" and then leave without washing his hands. Needless to say, the next Q&A session was a bit sparse.