October 04, 2010 08:00 ET

IOGEAR Commits to Car Safety With Solar Bluetooth Caller Announce Hands-Free Car Kit

Company Partners Solar Energy With Voice Command Features for Hands-Free, Cable-Free Car Communications

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA--(Marketwire - October 4, 2010) -  Building on the success of the Solar Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit (GBHFK231), IOGEAR today announced the availability of its latest connectivity solution -- the new Solar Bluetooth Caller Announce Hands-Free Car Kit (GBHFK331). Once paired with your Bluetooth enabled cell phone this product is capable of announcing detailed incoming caller information from your cell phone's phonebook. This new "speakerphone" uses the latest Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR specifications, integrated echo cancellation and noise suppression technology to provide clear, crisp, in-car communications.

After an initial AC charge, the Solar Bluetooth Caller Announce Hands-Free Car Kit's integrated solar panel harnesses the sun's eco-friendly energy to stay powered for up to eight hours continuous talk time and up to 400 standby hours time per charge. When teamed with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology, this solution eliminates the need for complicated cable clutter in the car.1 IOGEAR's new hands-free solar Bluetooth device offers even more useful features including voice announce and multi language support, making it the perfect in-car mobile companion. Additional features of the Solar Bluetooth Caller Announce Hands-Free Car Kit include:

  • Caller Announce / text-to-speech (TTS) relaying who is on the line in multiple-languages: English, French, Spanish, German and Italian
  • Store up to 1,000 contacts from a cell phone phonebook when paired with most mobile phones
  • Advanced echo cancellation and noise reduction for superior sound quality
  • Up to eight hours continuous talk time and up to 400 hours standby time with a full charge under direct sunlight exposure
  • Clear vocal feedback for informative messages such as 'power on,' 'phone is ready for use' and 'pairing successful'
  • Auto power shut off after 15 minutes for power saving

"This new solution provides a more interactive and intuitive experience which translates into safer driving for the user," states Bill Nguyen, director of marketing at IOGEAR. "By taking the guesswork out of who is calling with voice announcements this solution is ideal for anyone on-the-go."

Just in time for the holidays, IOGEAR's Solar Bluetooth Caller Announce Hands-Free Car Kit with included windshield and visor mounts, Micro-USB cable and vehicle charging adapter will be available October 15 for an MSRP of $89.99. The Solar Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit (GBHFK231) will continue to be available for the foreseeable future.

IOGEAR is strongly committed to empowering consumers to enjoy life through eco-efficient technology. The company strives to protect the environment by continuously adopting corporate practices that save energy, preserve natural resources and minimize the amount of waste produced. The Solar Bluetooth Caller Announce Hands-Free Car Kit adds another connectivity solution to IOGEAR's range of eco-friendly products. For more information on IOGEAR's green initiatives, visit:

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IOGEAR, headquartered in Foothill Ranch, Calif., manufactures innovative Home Electronics and Information Technology solutions that enable convergence through connectivity. Founded in 1999, the company develops products that help integrate technologies, share resources, decrease clutter and energy consumption, and reduce electronic waste. IOGEAR distributes throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

The company emphasizes the conservation of natural resources to both employees and customers through its GREEN initiatives program and "Road to a Million Trees" campaign. In partnership with Trees for the Future, one tree is planted for every product purchased on the IOGEAR site or through an IOGEAR GREEN initiative partner.

(c) 2010 IOGEAR. All rights reserved. IOGEAR and the IOGEAR logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of IOGEAR. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

1 Compatible with any Bluetooth enabled cellular phone / PDA / Smart Phone with support for headset or hands-free functionality.

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