Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.

Remember those early wireless headsets, the ones that made people look like they had been assimilated by The Borg? Few would seek to return to those days for the benefit of bridging a handset and one’s ears. But what if one could also bridge a handset and one’s eyes? That’s essentially the promise of Looxcie, a Bluetoooth headset that integrates a video camera to enable passive video capture.

Looxcie’s creators note that using the device requires less encumbrance than even a Flip camcorder. Still, there’s no getting around it — the Looxcie is no spy gadget. Accepting the state of the technology for what it is, the designers chose to embrace its size rather than try to minimize it. The protuberance that houses the boom mike and lens of the product swells toward an end that includes a red recording light. The extension in a glossy white, perhaps an homage to massive telephoto zoom lenses like those from Canon.

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