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STEREO: Parrot announced the MK6100 Hands Free A2DP enabled Bluetooth Car-Kit
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 26.03.07 - 00:01:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 17258x
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Following 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 Parrot MK6100.

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 Smith…Paula Stone…Peter…". 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 parked.

The Parrot MK6100 will be available worldwide for around 190 Euro at the end of Q2 2007.

Cheers ~ Arne

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