Nectar Soundlabs is reinventing the Bluetooth headset, with help from the crowd

Just when you thought Bluetooth headsets couldn't be improved, or make you look cool, Nectar Soundlabs is trying to buck the trend! They are using Christie Street to help fund a line of attractive, comfortable headsets that might change how you feel about Bluetooth headsets.

First, the Nectar headsets are different because they fit inside your ear, instead of using a loop around your ear. I wear glasses, so I've never been happy with headsets that have an ear loop.

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Next, they embrace their position on your head. Instead of trying to be small and unobtrusive, these headsets are a showpiece. The 'daisy' flower model looks like you might be wearing a flower in your hair! The skull and crossbones model could be a tattoo or earring, and it even lights up! There is no attempt to be subtle with that one.

I had the chance to try it out at CES and I found it very comfortable, and it stayed put as it should. I'm looking forward to an extended test, in a variety of conditions.

They have plans for a wide variety of attractive in-ear headsets, and im really looking forward to their unique designs. But they need your help via Christie Street, a boutique e-commerce site specializing in crowd sourced gadgets.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.