Parrot unveiled the RKi8400 at the Frankfurt Auto Show today. It’s a single DIN, iPhone friendly car stereo head unit that provides up to 200w of audio power. iPhone and iPod users can store their devices behind the RKi8400′s faceplate and stream music and phone calls via Bluetooth. It’s not clear if there is an Apple serial port hookup in the storage area, but it also features an SD card slot, USB input as well as a double line-in socket for analogue sources. Two on board mics cancel out any unwanted noise during telephone calls and start/restart play when a call is detected or ended. To scroll through the iPhone’s menus, Parrot has included a 2.4-inch LCD that is compatible with phonebook, music library and album cover information.
The RKi8400 should be on sale any day now for $399.99
Full release after the ‘leap’
Parrot RKi8400: A Fully Integrated Car Stereo Dedicated to iPhone(TM) With Bluetooth(R) Hands-Free System
RKi8400 fully-integrated car stereo will debut at Frankfurt Auto Show
Parrot’s latest car stereo gives you access to all iPhone(TM) functions. Travelers can listen to music stored on their iPhone(TM) or iPod while benefiting from Parrot’s expertise in digital acoustics for in-car phone conversations and voice recognition.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Parrot, leaders in wireless peripherals for mobile phones, will launch the Parrot RKi8400, a car stereo system for both the iPhone(TM) and the iPod, at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The new device continues Parrot’s groundbreaking development of hands-free Bluetooth(R) communication systems.
Parrot RKi8400 is an FM/AM RDS car stereo that features multiple connections for digital music, including USB port for portable hard drive or USB key, SD Card reader and a double line-in socket for analogue sources. It also offers advanced hands-free telephony functions. One of its unique features is the practical storage compartment located behind the removable front panel, ideal for protecting and recharging an iPhone(TM) or iPod(R).
Equipped with a 200W MOS-FET amplifier, the Parrot RKi8400 is a fully-integrated car audio system. Music and conversations are played through the vehicle’s speakers for optimal listening and music experiences.
“Made for iPod”, “Works with iPhone”
Parrot RKi8400 features a connection dedicated to iPhone(TM) and iPod(R), achieving the double official Apple license ‘Made for iPod’ and ‘Works with iPhone’.
The user interface menu software is particularly convenient for using iPhone(TM) and iPod(R) in car. A large dial and full-color screen to view album covers stored in the iPhone(TM) enable easy navigation of playlists. When the cell phone rings, the system automatically switches to hands-free mode.
Parrot RKi8400 Bluetooth wireless technology also enables users to play music sent from the iPhone 3.0 and from other Bluetooth mobile phones or players, via Bluetooth Stereo A2DP.
Additionally the Parrot RKi8400 features a USB port for portable hard drive or USB key, SD card reader and a double line-in socket for analogue sources.
Parrot expertise in hands-free systems
The Parrot RKi8400 benefits from Parrot’s expertise in hands-free systems and advances integrating Bluetooth technology. It features speech synthesis automatic synchronization with the phonebook and makes the user experience even easier, thanks to training-free voice recognition.
The Parrot RKi8400 is equipped with a double microphone, which eliminates background noise both inside the vehicle and outside. Finally, as with all Parrot systems, the Parrot RKi8400 is compatible with all Bluetooth mobile phone brands available on the market.
“With the RKi8400, Parrot allows users to take advantage of the iPhone in car through a system that is easy to use and fully integrated in any vehicle,” said Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “All iPhone functions — music, navigation of the music directory and playlists and Bluetooth phone capabilities — have been adapted for in-car use. Parrot’s application of its renowned acoustic quality and voice recognition capabilities to the iPhone is sure to please even the most discerning listeners.”
The inclusion of a removable front panel in the Parrot RKi8400 resulted from an in-depth ergonomic study of the preferences of car stereo users. The device is equipped with magnets for simple insertion and removal of the front panel with one hand. This technology is patented by Parrot.
All information, phonebook, music library, album covers, etc. are displayed on a bright 2.4-inch TFT color screen.
Like all Parrot solutions, Parrot RKi8400 will benefit from regular software updates, available for free at www.parrot.com/uk/support/downloads and downloadable on USB keys for an easy update.
NB. << Parrot Software Update Tool >> is automatic software developed by Parrot and available on the download page of the Parrot Web site to guide users during the update process of their Parrot product.
Price and availability
Parrot RKi8400 is available for $399.99 USD.
Parrot, a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, stands on the cutting edge of innovation. The company was founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux as part of his determination to drive the inevitable breakthrough of mobile phones into everyday life by creating high-quality, user-friendly wireless devices for easy living. Parrot has developed the most extensive range of hands-free systems on the market for cars, motorbikes and scooters, including wireless multimedia products geared towards audiovisual applications. In 2008, Parrot launched a new prestige line of high-end products bearing the hallmark of renowned artists. Parrot, headquartered in Paris, currently employs 450 people worldwide and generates 85% of its sales overseas.
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