Monday, December 29, 2008
Parrot Minikit Chic offers voice dialing
I haven't seen one of these "hands free" kits that pairs with your bluetooth phones, but thought I'd pass the information along since I know there are readers out there with disabilities who look for less expensive alternatives in mainstream technology than those offered with the "disability" label attached.
This bluetooth " hands free" kit does, however, have buttons, so as for it being completely hands-free, I don't think that's true. But its versatility and adaptability offer unique uses: this device, which sells for around $109, can be used in your car, home or office. After pairing it with a bluetooth phone nearby, it synchronizes its phonebook with the phone's contacts and, when you say the name, it will dial the number without requiring any training. It pairs with up to five devices, allowing the user to take it from one location to another for use with different phones.
Made by Parrot (who also make some serious voice recognition microphones and headsets), it offers a highly sensitive microphone. It features audio output via a vibrating panel. For more information, visit their site. If you can manage a few buttons, this device might work for you. Here's a description of the buttons over at Tracy & Matt's technology blog:
The Parrot MINIKIT Chic requires only three buttons to operate it. There are two rectangular buttons to make and end the call plus the round button in the middle that serves as a menu button and volume control. As there is no screen on this MINIKIT the menus are accessed by voice prompt which allows you to change things like the language setting, volume settings and Bluetooth pairing. In practice I don’t think you’ll need to use the menus at all.
For their review click on the above link.
[visual description : The minikit chic is shown. It is 4.33 inches long by 2.36 inches wide, 1.14 inches thick and weighs just under 3 ounces. It has a black background with a floral design and silver trim]