last week's posting about
the new Windows Mobile 6 hands free Bluetooth profile compatibility, during last
week's CeBIT, Parrot, one of the global leaders in wireless mobile phone
peripherals, announced the new Parrot MK6100, a hands free car kit with the
capability to play MP3 files on your car's speakers from any Bluetooth Stereo
(A2DP) source, e.g. mobile phones or a MP3 players. It follows on from
last year's announced Parrot
MK6000, the industry's first hands free "musikit" launched in September 2006
and now includes a removable antitheft OLED display for viewing phonebook and
music file information, a new feature in Parrot's music in-car kit range.
A wireless RF remote control that you can position wherever you want
(directly on the wheel, on the dashboard or any other place) gives you easy and
safe access to all the kit's functionalities, whilst keeping your hands on the
wheel. Once paired, your mobile or MP3 player will connect automatically to the
PLAY on the kit's remote control to start reading the MP3s and let the
digital Class-D 30W amplifier transform your car into a virtual concert hall.
Bluetooth-based streaming means no tangled wires or worries about having the
right size jacks or adapters.
"Parrot continues to offer consumers affordable solutions and the latest
innovations. With the Parrot MK6100, they can now benefit from the
best-in-breed technologies to fully use new mobile phone applications in
their cars." says Henri Seydoux, CEO and founder of Parrot.
In addition to audio streaming, the new Parrot MK6100 features two other
groundbreaking Parrot innovations: Parrot 'Beamforming' technology for
exceptional voice quality whilst phoning and a 'text-to-speech' (TTS) function
that will use vocal synthesis to read the phone book listings to you.
Parrot 'Beamforming' is an advanced signal processing technique that measures
and compares the difference in sounds as they are heard, much like two human
ears. The unique double microphone system - integrated into the car kit screen -
isolates the driver's voice whilst cancelling out background noises such as
wind, sirens, road
construction and other conversations in the car.
The 'text-to-speech' function allows you to simply select a letter in the car
kit's phone book and listen to the names being spoken one after the other. For
example: "Paul SmithÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Paula StoneÃ¢â‚¬Â¦PeterÃ¢â‚¬Â¦". Press the button to validate your
choice and the kit initiates the call. For often called phone numbers, directly
pronounce the name of your correspondent and the built-in voice recognition
composes the number for you.
Like all Parrot car-kits, the Parrot MK6100 automatically synchronizes the
names and phone numbers in your mobile with its phone book. When you receive a
call, the name and the number are displayed on the screen.
To have a conversation in a discrete mode, simply switch communication
instantaneously towards your Bluetooth headset, or your telephone if your car is
The Parrot MK6100 will be available worldwide for around 190 Euro at the end
of Q2 2007.
Cheers ~ Arne