A Bluetooth headset can be very helpful for many reasons, especially if you have one of those newfangled giant, “phablet” phones, as I do.  With the push of a button on most Bluetooth headsets, one can initiate a compatible phone’s voice commands to dial a number, send a text, and answer a call.

But what do you do if you cannot push the button due to a disability such as quadriplegia?

The NoButtonsHeadset could be your solution!  This is a standard BlueAnt Q2 Bluetooth Headset that has been adapted with a magnet proximity switch where the button used to be.  To activate it, one simply sweeps the headset near another magnet of any type mounted to a standard wheelchair mount or Velcroed to a shirt collar.  Once activated, the headset wakes up and greets you with, “Say a Command”.  You say, “Phone Commands,” and it will activate your basic or smart phone’s built-in voice commands. 

At this point, what you can do is based on the type of phone you have, and what its built-in voice commands allow you to do. When using my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, I was able to make and receive calls, create and send texts, create memos and calendar entries, check my schedule, open the camera and take pictures, and many more activities….. all by voice.  See here for more of what Samsung’s S-Voice can do.

The NoButtonsHeadset was originally created by a man for his son who was injured in an accident. You can see him in a video here using an older version of the NoButtonsHeadset.  You will note it takes him a few seconds to activate the older headset where the new one I used in the video below, requires just a quick pass by the magnet.  In addition to your particular phone’s voice commands, the headset itself has commands including, “Call Back”, “Cancel”, “Check Battery”, “Redial”, and More

In all my trials with this device, it worked very well and consistently, as you can see in the video below.  So if you are looking for a way to control a cell phone hands-free, this headset is definitely worth a shot!

We have the NoButtonsHeadset in our IPAT Equipment Loan Library, available for short-term loan, so you can try before you buy from the company   Please call 1-800-895-4728 or email for more information.

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Jeannie Krull is the Program Director for ND Assistive (formerly IPAT). She is an ASHA certified speech/language pathologist and a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional, who has worked with people with disabilities of all ages since 1991.