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New Communications Headset Uses Light for Charging

The set uses indoor or outdoor lighting to self-charge.

Kristen Kazarian

January 3, 2024

2 Min Read
3M communications headset
The new headset offers many benefits for safety, connectivity, and productivity.Image courtesy of 3M

If your plant uses cell phones or two-way radios as a means of communications either indoors or out, you might be interested in the new innovative headset by 3M.

The company has come out with the world's first self-charging protective communications headset that converts outdoor and indoor light into clean electrical energy.

The headset uses a patented solar cell technology called Powerfoyle that recharges a built-in lithium-ion battery and eliminates the need for single-use batteries. So, whether you are working outdoors in the sun or inside with artificial light, your headset will continuously charge.

3M partnered with Swedish tech company Exeger to optimize the Powerfoyle solar cells by using 3M's film technology. Exeger's manufacturing of Powerfoyle runs on 100% clean energy at its two Stockholm locations.

"This technology is a real game-changer," said Peter Berghamn, business director of 3M PELTOR. "3M is relentlessly focused on inventing for tomorrow and the advanced engineering and materials science woven into these headsets has created a perfect blend of performance, design, protection, and sustainability. With more than 70 years of experience in communications equipment, our 3M PELTOR brand has pushed to offer an ever-evolving range of product solutions to meet customers' needs."

In addition to light-harvesting capabilities, the 3M PELTOR WS ALERT XPV Headset includes many advanced features that allows workers to stay safe, connected and productive.

It can connect with Bluetooth technology-enabled devices and offers a noise-cancelling microphone to enable easier and clearer conversations, even in noisy work environments.

The PTL (Push-to-Listen) feature allows users to hear their surroundings without removing the headset by pausing Bluetooth streaming and activating the ambient/environment microphones to listen to nearby colleagues and sounds.

Users can quickly adjust the settings using the headset's glove-friendly push buttons and receive voice confirmation of the changes without ever having to remove the hearing protection.

"I am extremely proud to see this world's first brought to market by3M," saidGiovanni Fili, CEO and founder of Exeger. "The environmental benefits of replacing single-use batteries alone will have a significant positive impact for the industry and help set a new standard in convenience and sustainability.3Mis one of the most influential brands in the world and has been an incredible partner for us in this journey."

The headset also comes with the 3M Connected Equipment app, which allows you to adjust settings and monitor solar cell energy levels, as well as statistics from energy used. It is also partly produced with recycled plastics and electronics and supports Over-the-Air (OTA) firmware updates to help prolong the product lifetime.

The new headsets are expected to be available for purchase in March 2024.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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