You may have overlooked the smallest product that Motorola unveiled last night/this morning. It’s called Moto Hint, and while it looks like a typical Bluetooth headset, it’s actually not. Motorola doesn’t even like the term “Bluetooth headset.” They prefer to call the Hint a “wireless earbud.” It’s not just for getting phone calls, like Bluetooth headsets from the Cretaceous period. It does much more.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Hint is the size. It’s about the same size of a quarter, which makes it look like some piece of Star Trek technology. It fits comfortably in your ear, and is smart enough to know when it is. The Hint only powers on when it detects being in your ear. While very small, it’s still not undetectable. That’s why Motorola has made several different colors and materials available.
So what makes the Hint more than a typical Bluetooth headset? Lots of things. It can speak directions, do voice searches, dictate text messages, read your to-do list, unlock your phone, and more. The Hint works with any Android device, but it works especially well with the new Moto X and G. That’s thanks to the new and improved “Touchless Control.”
No longer are you required to say “OK Google” to do a command. You can call it whatever you’d like. With the Hint in your ear you can interact with your phone without even taking it out of your pocket. That’s what makes the Hint more of a wearable than a simple Bluetooth accessory. It’s an extension of your smartphone right inside your ear.
Battery life for the Hint is around 3 hours, but it has one more trick up its sleeve to improve that. It comes with a special carrying case-like device that works as a battery pack. You can get up to 10 hours of battery life if you use the case to keep the Hint topped off. If all of this sounds cool to you (of course it does) you’ll be able to pick one up later this Fall for $149.99. Will you be buying one?