Parrot is a company which, despite being a top notch business for many years, has only really come into the public consciousness in the last year. It is funky new products like this however which show why…
The MK6000 is the first hands-free mobile car kit I have seen which also provides a streaming audio capability to enable users to play their favourite MP3s through a car stereo.
It works using Bluetooth 2.0 EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) and automatically pairs your mobile phone and digital audio player (providing it has a Bluetooth adaptor) when you start your car. Music can be controlled directly from the MK6000 and incoming/outgoing calls automatically mute it.
As for the MK6000’s phone functionality itself, this has been upgraded from previous models to include what Parrot is dubbing ‘Beamforming’ technology. This is an advanced signal processing technique that measures and compares the difference in sounds as they are heard by two separate microphones (above) in order to identify and emphasize the driver’s voice while filtering out background noise.
Furthermore a new ‘Text-to-speech’ function can be set to read the contents of your phone book to you as you scroll through entries, meaning there’s no need to take your eyes from the road.
The MK6000 struts into store in January and can be yours for £124.99. Only problem is you need to spend serious cash on a new car cool enough to install it.