Sony Ericsson’s latest hands-free kit sets out to solve one of those annoying in-car problems: knowing who’s calling you without having to pick up the phone itself to glance at the display. Instead of relying solely on a secondary screen, the HCB-150 features text-to-speech, so the Bluetooth unit simply tells you who is interrupting your commute.
Battery life is impressive too, with 700hrs standby and up to 25hrs talktime. The HCB-150 has touch-sensitive controls and does, in case you’re afraid of talking gadgets, feature an OLED display for visual Caller ID. Once paired with your cellphone (in fact, up to 5 different handsets) the speakerphone sucks out all the contacts, and there’s a handy jog dial to scroll through them.
The Sony Ericsson HCB-150 should be available globally from Q2 2008.