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Parrot car products

Mark Peters
CES report
Saturday 5th, January 2008
Posted by: Mark Peters

Parrot, a leader in wireless peripherals around the mobile phone, introduced two new innovative and ground-breaking hands-free cell phone systems- one for drivers of cars and trucks, and the other for motorcyclists. The Parrot SK4000 is a Bluetooth Stereo (A2DP)-enabled helmet headset for motor-cyclists that features an FM RDS radio and a wireless mobile remote control for the handlebar, while the Parrot RK8200 is a full-featured Made for iPod FM/AM RDS car stereo that has all the connections necessary to play digital and analog music. Both units offer Parrot’s premium hands-free cell phone capability while providing a long list of benefits for the car driver or motorcyclist - all standard.

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Parrot RK8200 Bluetooth car stereo
The Parrot RK8200 is a full-featured Made for iPod FM/AM RDS car stereo that has all the connections necessary to play digital and analog music and that also incorporates a Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone kit. Boasting sophisticated cell phone functions, the Parrot RK8200 stands out with powerful performance, a user-friendly design and the broadest set of features available on the market.

Parrot car products - RK8200
“Consumers today enjoy music from many different sources - from iPods and MP3s, to mobile phones and FM stereo - so our new Parrot RK8200 stereo receiver accommodates every popular source,” says Ed Valdez, president and COO of Parrot, Inc. “It elevates the car stereo to become a multifunctional audio hub for the car while bringing the best combination of music and mobility. Its full range of audio effects will delight the music lover, while the advanced Bluetooth features provide a smart choice for hands-free cell phone usage while driving.”

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Bluetooth A2DP wireless technology
Powered by a 4 x 45-watt amplifier, the Parrot RK8200 offers an iPod-specific connector, a USB port for flash drives and MP3 players, a line-in socket for analog sources, an SD card reader and streaming audio via Bluetooth A2DP wireless technology. The Parrot RK8200 also sports an internal memory that can store over 300 MP3 tracks. Hidden behind the removable faceplate is a handy storage compartment in which to keep an iPod, mobile phone, MP3 player or USB flash drive.

Parrot Voice synthesis
As a car kit, the Parrot RK8200’s capabilities are unsurpassed, bringing the most advanced hands-free functions together in a simple and easy to use interface. It features automatic phonebook synchronization, complete call records, a total storage capacity of 8,000 contacts, and hands-free call functionality through voice recognition and special Parrot voice synthesis (Text-to-Speech) that reads contact names directly to the user.

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Parrot RK8200 car stereo Availability
To ensure crystal-clear conversations, the Parrot RK8200’s dual microphone makes use of echo cancellation and Parrot’s innovative new Dynamic Choice of Best Microphone (DCBM) noise reduction technology. DCBM detects the position of the person speaking and dynamically chooses the best microphone to use. Like all Parrot car-kits, the Parrot RK8200 is compatible with virtually all Bluetooth mobile phones on the market. The Parrot RK8200 will be available in Europe and the US in the second quarter of 2008. MSRP to be announced.

Parrot SK4000 for motorcycles
The Parrot SK4000 is an award-winning Bluetooth hands-free motorcycle kit that features FM RDS radio and wireless mobile remote control. The Parrot SK4000 uses innovative noise reduction and echo cancellation technology and provides the widest range of features available in this market segment. Motorcyclists can now switch between their favorite songs-whatever the format-and answer calls with the clip-on wireless remote fixed to the motorcycle’s left handlebar. The Parrot SK4000 offers the motorcyclist the ability to listen to streaming music via Bluetooth A2DP, or via the FM radio (RDS inside) or from analog sources via its mini-USB line-in connector.

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Multi-user voice recognition software
The Parrot SK4000 uses Parrot’s new multi-user voice recognition software, which eliminates the need to record voice tags; the kit will recognize the contact’s name spoken by whoever is using the kit and will dial the number automatically. Also, the unique Text-to-Speech (TTS) voice synthesis feature reads contact names from the user’s phonebook through the earpiece and will also audibly identify radio stations to help the rider select a station without taking his or her hands of the handlebar.

Hands-free kit for motorcycles
The Parrot SK4000 kit mounts easily in most motorcycle helmets and its rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 10-hours of talk-time. The handle-bar mounted wireless remote control allows the rider to select the sound source, handle calls and choose music. The kit also has automatic volume setting which adjusts to the surroundings and automatic phone book synchronization to allow for voice-activated dialing.

Parrot SK4000 Price & Availability
The Parrot SK4000 has been awarded an iF Design Award 2008 for its smart form and functionality. Since its introduction in 1953, the iF Design Award has been a consistent hallmark of outstanding quality. Like all Parrot car-kits, the Parrot SK4000 is compatible with virtually all Bluetooth mobile phones on the market. The Parrot SK400 will be available in Europe and the US in the second quarter of 2008 with a suggested MSRP of $189.99 in the US.

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