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06. 10. 2008

Parrot in your car: hands-free speakerphone

Starting July 1st, all drivers have to be hands-free in California. (Watch the video of Gov. Schwarzenegger announcing the bill here.)

Personally, I wonder what took them so long. As the Terminator said, "The simple fact is it’s dangerous to talk on your cell phone while driving. CHP data show that cell phones are the number one cause of distracted-driving accidents."

So being the law-abiding citzen that I am, I was thrilled to see this Bluetooth Hands-free Parrot MiniKit because I'm not crazy about looking like an alien, and really don't find headsets comfortable.

The compact Parrot is Bluetooth compatible, and works with practically all Bluetooth mobile phones, including my iPhone.

The site says It features the "very latest generation of DSP-2 signal processing algorithms and a high-definition 2W speaker for crystal clear conversations in any situation" which, simply translated, means you get clear transmission.

True plug-n-play, it took me less than 5 minutes to synch with my phone and select the language. I also like the compact size -- you could stick it into your purse if you wanted to (though why would you?).

With an omnidirectional microphone, you can be almost anywhere in the car and carry on a conversation (for instance, if you're in the back seat and you want to chime in). A handy clip attaches it to the car visor.

Not that I've set this up yet, but it does come with built-in voice recognition software. Talk time is 10 hours; standby time is over 275 hours, and it comes with a car charger and a home charger.

The price point is very reasonable at $89.99 at (Parrot) or $61 at Amazon. A perfect gift for Father's Day.

Now, when is the Governor going to announce legislation outlawing putting on make-up while driving?

Posted by Evan    Category: cars | cell phones | devices | gift guides 2008
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