Parrot has announced the Minikit+, a Bluetooth hands-free
speaker for your car which is able to handle two phones simultaneously as well
as reading out your text messages and SatNav directions.
The Minikit+ is the latest version of its Bluetooth speaker line
we first saw way back in 2006. The new version of the speaker adds quiet a few
features, most notably the ability to pair with two handsets at once thanks to Dual
Mode multipoint technology (in fact up to 10 phones can be paired with the
device at once).
The Minikit+ lets the driver choose one main telephone out
of the two connected and the device associates different ring tones to each –
which is a neat solution. It will automatically synchronise its phonebook with
the connected mobile phones, and can store up to 2,000 contacts.
As with all Parrot hands-free systems, the Minikit+ is
compatible with all brands of Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and smartphone on
the market. Answering a call is just a matter of saying “answer” without the
need to take your hands off the wheel.
Parrot’s TextFriendly service will let users hear their text
messages and emails read out through the speaker rather than reading them while driving.
To use the TextFriendly service you’ll need to subscribe and register the
number of the service in your phonebook. It will even let you dictate emails or
text messages as you drive using your voice.
The Parrot Minikit+ also lets you stream music located on your
phone using the A2DP Bluetooth profile as will as listening to SatNav
directions from apps on your phone.
The Minikit+ is designed to be attached to your sun visor
and is fitted with a vibration sensor which detects when the car door opens
and automatically switches on and reconnects to remembered phones.
The Parrot Minikit+ will be available from November costing