updated 01:15 pm EST, Tue December 8, 2009
BlueAnt outs motorcycle BT headset with A2DP
BlueAnt today introduced its Interphone F4 motorcycle headset on Tuesday. The device lets riders communicate through most any Bluetooth phone by pairing it to the Interphone F4 as well as listen to streaming music from an A2DP compatible handset or device. The BlueAnt device can also be used as an intercom to talk to a passenger or other riders with the F4 that are within 1,640 feet.
It improves on regular headsets by connecting to the outside of a helmet, and is weatherproofed, allowing riders to use it even in the rain. Voice recognition software will answer incoming calls when "Hello" is spoken, and users can voice-dial and redial numbers, as long as their handsets also support such functionality.
BlueAnt claims the DSP along with an automatic volume sensor will let riders hold clear, intelligible conversations at speeds of up to 110MPH. Riders can also listen to turn-by-turn directions from compatible GPS devices that support bike systems such as BlueAnt's.
Up to eight Bluetooth devices can be stored in the F4's memory, while multipoint technology lets it connect with two devices at once, and answer calls from whichever phone is ringing. The integrated battery is rated at up to 10 hours of talk-time and up to 700 hours of standby time.
The Interphone F4 is now available for $225.