Hands-free car kit combines navigation and phone chat

16 Feb 2011

The Parrot MINIKIT Smart has launched in Ireland, offering a hands-free charging smartphone holder with navigation and telephone capabilities.

It has a docking bay for smartphones from 56mm to 70mm wide and its Bluetooth connectivity allows the MINIKIT Smart to simultaneously manage hands-free conversation and navigation applications.

The hands-free kit is compatible with all navigation apps and all mobile operating systems.

Smartphones can be charged with the kit using one of the USB cables included.

The MINIKIT Smart synchronises and updates its phone book once paired with a device. It can store up to 10 phone books – 2,000 contacts per smartphone.

Its voice synthesis of names and voice-recognition system can make access to the phone book available without having to operate the smartphone. To call a contact, users need to press the green button, say a name of a contact and the MINIKIT Smart will call the number.

If several numbers are associated with a contact, the MINIKIT Smart will offer the choices, which the user can confirm by voice.

Parrot MINIKIT Smart

The kit can also be rotated for portrait or landscape mode, so that the screen of the phone can be seen by the driver.

It operates for a week on standby and 10 hours during talk time. It can also be recharged using the cigar lighter of the vehicle.

The Parrot MINIKIT Smart is available in O2 stores for €99.