I’ve found a Bluetooth recorder that, once I receive it, will probably make my life quite a bit easier. Recording conversations on cell phones has been “problematic” to say the least. There are no wires really (except a USB cable) to tap into during the conversation, making recording both sides of the conversation extremely difficult. Bluewire ™ solves these issues simply and elegantly. Let’s take a look at this little wonder, shall we? First, I’m going to clear a few things up about why you might want or need to record a phone call.
Why Would You Need This Bluetooth Recorder?
Let me put this out there right up front so I don’t forget: recording phone calls without informing the other party is technically illegal in many states. This is why you’re told that your call to “tech support” might be recorded for training purposes. Technically you need to inform the other party that they’re being recorded, but I usually only hear corporations mentioning it.
There are quite a few reasons why you would want or need to record a cell phone call using this Bluetooth recorder. Imagine this scenario: You’re driving to meet a friend and they call you to give you directions and you can’t pull over to write them down. With Bluewire, you can simply activate the recorder and review the directions when you have a chance to do so safely. Bluewire also works with your car’s internal Bluetooth system.
For someone like me that occasionally interviews people for the article I write, it means I don’t have to furiously scribble notes or learn shorthand. I can simply hold a conversation with my interviewee and let the recorder handle the note-taking and not worry about missing anything important. I like that idea.
Other Call-Related Features of Bluewire
One of the things I like about Bluewire is that you can transfer recorded conversations from the device to your phone using NFC-Near Field Communications. Simply tap the Bluewire against the back of your NFC-enabled phone and the conversation automatically transfers. The headset has enough internal memory to record up to 1000 hours of conversation. There’s also a voice memo recording function.
Bluewire Works with Virtually Any Voice Application on Your Phone
Bluewire works to record both sides of any conversation held on your mobile phone, apparently as long as you can use a Bluetooth headset with the application. It also works for IP-based communications mediums such as Skype on your computer if your computer is Bluetooth-enabled (Most Macs have it built in; for PCs a small dongle is required.). This means the device is more useful than most accessories.
Bluewire Allows You to Be Comfortable While Talking
The other cell phone recording devices that I’ve seen are all corded, which means that you have to remain within a few feet at most of your phone. Since Bluewire is Bluetooth, you can wander fairly freely as long as you remain within Bluetooth communications range-about 33 feet.
Bluewire Does More than Record IP-based Conversations
Even if the Bluetooth recording feature was the only thing Bluewire was capable of, it would be something I could very easily recommend, even with a close to $200 price tag. However, Bluewire comes with a small case that doubles as a keychain and it contains an accelerometer. If you lose your keys you can shake the Bluewire and your phone will ring. If you misplace the Bluewire, press the “Find Bluewire” button in the app on your phone and it will ring, making it easy to locate.
The accelerometer also turns the device into a rudimentary burglar alarm. Simply hang the device on the arm of a lever-style doorknob, which most hotels have, and if it moves, an alarm will sound. The “key finder”/”Find Bluewire” feature is also something that pet owners might find useful, Place the device on their collar and you can easily find them. I know, but the guys at Senss, the manufacturer, make mention of it.
The Bluewire Bluetooth Recorder Also Charges Wirelessly
The guys over at Senss have also made charging your Bluewire simple. It uses the Qi charging system. In order to charge your headset you simply need to place it on the charging pad for a couple hours. No cords, no cables, no mess.
What do you think? Is Bluewire something you’d find useful? Drop me a line in the comment section below and let me know what you think.