announced the arrival of the Iqua SUN (BHS-603) solar-powered Bluetooth wireless headset in the U.S. Following its successful launch in Europe last year, the Iqua SUN will have its debut at next week's 2008 CES in Las Vegas and will hit U.S. store shelves and online retail sites in January.
Based on one of the top-selling headsets in Europe, the Iqua Vogue, the stylish new Iqua SUN is small and lightweight. Even though it measures less than two inches and weighs under an ounce, it incorporates a photovoltaic cell that uses any available light - outdoors and indoors - to extend the talk and standby times of the headset.
"The Iqua SUN is the first of its kind, and the response, around the globe has been very positive, both in terms of environmental innovation and solid performance," said Iqua's CEO, Juha Reima. "Unfortunately, we've only been able to supply the European market until now. We've recently added capacity in order to meet the strong demand in Europe and support the introduction of the product in other markets including North America."
Selected as a CES "Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award" honoree, the Iqua SUN delivers up to 12 hours of talk time depending on available light conditions and standby time can be infinite, based on available light.
Multifunction and volume control buttons enable Iqua SUN users to conveniently activate voice dialing; answer, mute, end, and reject calls; switch between multiple Bluetooth-enabled devices; redial the last number; and switch calls between the phone and the headset. And with crystal clear sound and superior connectivity, the headset gives users the freedom to roam up to 32-feet away during VoIP and mobile phone calls
The Iqua SUN is compatible with any Bluetooth-capable phone that supports headset profiles or hands-free profiles, including models by Nokia, Siemens, Motorola, Samsung, Apple, Sharp, Toshiba, and Blackberry. A built-in mini USB port gives users the option of recharging the device via a desktop computer or laptop at home, in the office, or on the road.
The Iqua SUN includes interchangeable earplugs for universal comfort, and a wall-charger, carrying strap and earhook adapter. It will be available in January at a $99.99 MSRP. At CES, the innovative product will be show in the Las Vegas Convention Center by Iqua's distributors, Superior Communications and D&H Distributing, in Booths #9014 in the Central Hall, and Booth #35112 of the South Hall 4, respectively.