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Posted on February 4, 2018. Filed under: BLOGGING CONTEST, contest, INDIBLOGGER | Tags: |

It is fitting that indiblogger came up with the great contest with great prizes from BOSE in the month of January. This is the month when we as Indians take pride in honouring one of the greatest sons of India, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary on the 23rd. Then on the 26th of the month we celebrate the Republic Day. But this contest relates to another BOSE which has Indian origins and is synonymous with great innovations in the field of sound which also finds favour with space travellers.


It was more than ten years ago that I got my first mobile phone and it amazed me. There was no touchscreen, there was no expandable memory, there was no camera but it has the power to replace my wrist watch and the alarm clock. But I wanted more. Then after some years, I got my first true smartphone which came with all things that all the bells and whistles. It had a music player, a good camera and a touch screen. No longer I had to go to the computer to check my mails. Also, life became much more exciting with the things called ‘apps’ (applications) that could be downloaded and installed on the phone.

In course of time, the mobile phone became even smarter with an operating system that had the power to take the battle to the ones that powered our computers. The mobile phone spelt the death for devices like the digital cameras and the portable music players. I was happy to carry with me just one device in place of different gadgets. The apps have truly become indispensable and the touchscreens have become more responsive. Yet there was something missing. One still had to wake the phone up and go through the menus and the apps to get it to work. The fingers had to work overtime with the taps, touches and the swipes !

Then entered the virtual assistant from Google called unsurprisingly Google Assistant that promised to give the fingers much needed respite. The virtual assistant just needs to hear commands and like the genie that obeyed its master, this too does the trick. But we are not so easily satisfied.

There are times when it is too much of a pain even to press one key or even squeeze the phone to activate the genie, i.e. the virtual assistant. This prompted BOSE to introduce the Quiet Comfort 35 Wireless Headphones II. In the past BOSE launched many great headphones and earphones. So what is the difference now? The QC35 is truly smart with the Google Assistant built-in to make life easier for the master. The new headphones are truly like the lamp that held the genie. But this genie cannot go outside.

Now while I am doing something, there is no need to wake the phone to go through the messages, alerts and reminders or even calendar entries. A simple touch to the headphones will activate the Google Assistant. In a way that does not attract the attention of the others, the Assistant shall read me out what I want.The great innovation is future ready. Of course, the QC 35 continues in the BOSE tradition of providing great sound to the ears.

In future, there might not be need to even touch the headphones to start the assistant. A simple voice command will suffice as in case of smart speakers of today.






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