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BlueAnt releases headset for motorcyclists

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.






By Electronista Staff
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  1. MyRightEye

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2008

    +3

    110MPH...

    Man, I gotta get me a job working in your QA labs...

  1. danviento

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    Re: lab job

    It might have been cheaper and safer to test that sort of thing in a local wind tunnel, or even with a giant fan to simulate windspeed.

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2007

    +1

    Yeah!

    This is good news! Sadly, it is priced about the same as its competition, but It's good to see someone building something other than YACR (yet another clock radio).

  1. Fast iBook

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    Joined: Mar 2003

    +1

    I want.

    I bike (pedal).

    How does it work exactly, if it mounts on the outside of the helmet? I don't quite get that part..

    - A

  1. jeniffer

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    dont like

    I am quite dissapointed after using f4 with my own iphone ,I could not be able to connect with my rider pal while listening songs. I had to disconnect the connection every time, when I wanted to listen songs. also the voice quality over 60km is ordinary- I would not recommend it

  1. facebook_Jia

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    so short battery life

    I looked also at BlueAnt last night . I wouldn't mind if the life was projected at 10 years, but when they said as short as two years depending on use, that was just too little for me. Having had many cell phone batteries go TU in the 2-3 year time frame, I'm not buying an intercom for that kind of money with a battery type with a 2-3 year lifespan and then have to throw out the entire unit. That is just insane in my opinion, but apparently enough people are buying them to keep the makers in business.

  1. facebook_Hira

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    not good

    I got one of the F4’s after owning the original interphone. I thought they would have improved the quality. They haven’t – the quality of the conversation above 60 is not good.

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