Moto’s secret agent hands-free

Now call us geeks, but we’ve always aspired to owning one of those cool in-ear headsets that secret agents wear in films. Not so we could be instructe

Now call us geeks, but we’ve always aspired to owning one of those cool in-ear headsets that secret agents wear in films. Not so we could be instructed to take a bullet for the President - we just wanted to chat with our mates without anyone else noticing.

Seems Moto’s scientists have been thinking the same. The H5 Miniblue is, at heart, just another Bluetooth headset. Except the phrase headset doesn’t really do it justice – what we’re looking at here is the start of a new genre of chat accessory, the in-ear phone, the invisible hands-free. It’s about the size of a hearing aid – the dimensions are roughly 33 x 41 millimetres – and makes the miniature Nextlink Bluespoon look positively megalithic.

As well as being discreet enough to visibly disappear, the design has a very practical benefit too: it should work even in exceptionally loud environments, like gigs at the Brixton Academy.

How so? Well, you’ll be able to hear the caller because the H5’s speaker is lodged into your ear canal in the same manner as a noise-isolating headphone, keeping other sounds out. And the caller will be able to hear you too since the mic works by picking up your voice through your ear canal. Yep, via the bone. Quicker than travelling out your mouth and round to your ear, eh?

The only bum note is sounded by the battery life. 1.5 hour talktime is pretty poor by most normal headset standards – they’re up to 6 or more now - but Motorola is planning on selling the H5 complete with a small portable charging station.

It’s due before summer for a price that’s TBA.