Earshot Innovations, a commercial-grade telephony manufacturer in Thousand Oaks, Ca. has now developed working prototypes for the 1st 16kHz, digital wireless headset!
It's probably germane to note this isn't a batch of machinery with a headset attached.. this is a true headset, self-contained, transmitting a 16kHz digital wireless signal. In fact, they are actually taking an original 32khz signal and truncating it back to 16kHz for a more robust voice transport.
Chameleon notes they are also proud to point out several of their rivals have tried and failed... at the very same holy grail. The headset's architect is a very smart engineer out in Redmond, Oscar Murillo, and they also note they thank Rob Chambers and Mike Plumpe for being patient and more supportive than we could possibly have asked in it's development along the way. The unit will also offer some extremely useful features for speech recognition users and/or road warriors who use headsets and have critical stuff they need instantly available..
We'll post more on that later.
Nonetheless, their headset will give Vista's terrific recognizer the signal it needs to really shine; (not that it doesn't perform like no other already, with only "toll quality" signal :-).
Of course, we're hoping this wireless headset, optimized for unprecedentd accuracy in wireless speech recognition, will open the floodgates for Vista users across the world to shed the keyboard for the most part, and make Bill Gate's predictions come very true, in a very big way.