Texting and driving has been successfully banned in 39 out of 50 states in America. Therefore, Bluetooth control and “hands free” systems are becoming the standard. For example, Ford Sync by Microsoft is being placed in many of their newer cars. The price recently dropped to $295 which makes SYNC “the most capable and most affordable system on the market”. However, if you are not going to be purchasing a new Ford anytime soon, or you are looking for a less expensive option, Parrot's Minikit Neo might be the choice for you.
The device has a simplistic and sleek design that attaches to the sun visor in your car. Then, it connects with up to 2 devices over Bluetooth. Not only will this device turn on and off when you enter and leave the car, but it will also do the smaller tasks. It responds to texts and phone calls telling the sender that you are driving. Furthermore, the Minikit gives you access to a free Android and iOS app that allows you to locate your car, create auto-respond messages, and set reminders for pesky parking meters. Check out the video below to get a visual view of the device and its features:
The device goes beyond just slick hardware by offering a service called TextFriendly. The service “allows you to access your e-mails and text messages directly from your Parrot hands-free system and kit” (Parrot). The Neo hits the market in September and is going to be priced at $100.
Are you going to be picking up a Parrot Minikit Neo this September? Do you welcome hands-free technology into your car?
Matt has been an Android fanatic since the original Motorola Droid. In addition to designing web pages, running his own company, and going to school, he finds time to write for Android Authority. Matt still owns that good old Droid 1 and a Xoom Family Edition.
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