Hands-free calling using Bluetooth earpieces has become - shall we say - controversial over the years, as we've all seen that annoying guy at Starbucks trying to close the deal as he orders his cappuccino. But the latest receiver from Tokyo Flash, the Kisai Escape C, might just have enough features to offset the Bluetooth douche-factor.

As with most receivers, yes, you can pair the Escape C with your mobile phone to make and receive calls hands free. But the earpiece looks much like a normal earbud, so if you decide to take your phone conversation public the only giveaway is your voice. The microphone is integrated into the Escape C which can be worn around the neck like a necklace.

By pairing the device with your mp3 player you can also get your favorite music in stereo sound. The Escape C also has control buttons on its body that you can use to skip ahead or adjust volume if necessary.

For anyone who frequently makes calls using their PC via Skype, AIM, Windows Live Messenger, or iChat, the Escape C gives you the freedom to get up and move around while still on the call. The communication range is 33 feet (about 10 meters), giving you plenty of leash in your home or office.

The battery allows you up to six hours of talk/music time, and in standby mode it can go as long as 180 hours. There is also a mini 5 pin USB charging port that enables the li-polymer battery to be charged when you're at the desk. And like many Tokyo Flash products, the Escape C has a cryptic way of telling time via blue LEDs that will either impress friends or annoy them completely.

The Kisai Escape C can be purchased via the company website for US$103 plus shipping charges.

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