Motorola is launching a few new accessories to go with its new smartphones. The Moto Hint is the smallest Bluetooth headset you’ve ever seen, and Motorola is positioning it as more than just a tool for talking on the phone. It’s also a sort of voice-activated remote control for your phone.
Meanwhile the new Motorola Power Pack Micro is a tiny, keychain-friendly portable battery that you can use to charge your phone on the go… or at least partially charge your phone.
The Power Pack Micro should be available soon for $40, while the Moto Hint will run $150 at launch this fall.
Walking around with a gadget stuck in your ear has never looked particularly cool. Motorola’s hoping to change that with a device that’s smaller than a typical Bluetooth headset so that it almost hides in your ear and it’s available with a range of back plates in that come in different colors and patterns for folks who want their ear-holes to look their best.
The Moto Hint turns on automatically when you place it in your ear and turns off when you take it out. It’ll work with any Bluetooth-enabled phone and let you make or take calls.
But you can also use the Moto Hint to do more than talk. You can use a phrase to wake it up and dictate a text message, ask for navigation directions, or perform other actions. You can use the classic “OK Google” to get started, or set your own phrase.
The Moto Hint can also read text messages out loud to you, give you weather forecasts, or whisper other sweet nothings in your ear.
The Moto Hint only gets about 3.3 hours of battery life during active use, but it comes with a tiny case that has a built-in battery that can recharge the Moto Hint up to two times.
Power Pack Micro
Portable battery packs are about as sexy as… well, Bluetooth headsets. But Motorola’s trying to offer one that you’ll actually carry around with you by offering a tiny battery that’s small enough to fit comfortably on a keychan.
Unfortunately with small size comes… small capacity. The Power Pack Micro has a 1500mAh battery which is probably only going to be enough to give a half charge to a typical smartphone.
That said, it weighs just 1.7 ounces and if you don’t usually need a spare battery to get through a whole day… but might want the security of knowing you can occasionally get a few extra hours of battery life from your phone without plugging it into a wall, the Power Pack Micro might be worth considering.
There are certainly cheaper portable batteries, but few are more convenient. This little guy measures 2.4″ x 1.6″ x 1.7″ and includes a micro USB connector so you can plug the battery directly into your phone without using a USB cable.
It comes in several colors including black, white, yellow, blue, red, orange, and magenta.