Maybe it's just me, but I think Bluetooth earpieces - you know, the ones that too many people stick in one ear to talk on their cell phones - are the ugliest and stupidest gadgets ever invented.

Maybe it's just me, but I think Bluetooth earpieces - you know, the ones that too many people stick in one ear to talk on their cell phones - are the ugliest and stupidest gadgets ever invented.

And even if, by some chance, I should fall, hit my head on the sidewalk and begin to believe that Bluetooth earpieces are actually OK to use, I wouldn't walk around with one of those things blinking its nonstop blue light from my ear hole when I wasn't on the phone.

C'mon, people, is it asking too much to put these things in your pocket when they're not in use?

Every time I see someone walking down the street wearing one of these gadgets, I'm truly repulsed. They make their owner look like they're starring in a cheesy remake of Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica.

Please don't misunderstand. I love Bluetooth and use it in over a dozen ways. I also think headphones are a great way to conduct a cell phone call or listen to music. No wires, for one thing.

And it's considerate to the people around you, not to mention mindful of your own safety - leaving your hands free to do other things, like, say, drive a car down the highway at 65 mph while staying in full control of the vehicle.

I suppose that if I were an operator in a call center, I would probably want and wear an earpiece. But going through life waiting for my next call with a piece of plastic in my ear is not my idea of fashion.

Finally, there's a solution to end the madness of those offensive speaker-microphone gizmos. And it took Jabra, one of the most prolific makers of these unsightly gadgets, to offer that solution. The Jabra Halo Headset (available for $130 at jabra.com) promises to return style, not to mention sanity, to the world of Bluetooth devices.

The Halo wirelessly connects via Bluetooth to your iPhone, iPod Touch, other cell phones and MP3 players so you can stream your calls and music to both ears while your favorite gadget stays safely in a pocket or purse. And like the earpiece you may have been using, you'll still be aware of other sounds as you walk around.

As an added bonus, the Halo also has a cord for those occasions when the gadget you want to use it with isn't Bluetooth-enabled. Controls on the headset make taking phone calls as easy as pushing a button.

So please, do the right thing. If you're using a Bluetooth earpiece, place your order today for the Jabra Halo Headset. If not for me, do it so people will stop looking at you as if you're the biggest dork in the world.

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