SOURCE: Parrot Inc.

September 18, 2008 12:29 ET

New Parrot MINIKIT Slim Changes the Face of Portable Hands-Free Car Kits

Parrot's World-Leading Technology Now Comes in an Ultra-Compact, Stylish Speakerphone

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 18, 2008) - Parrot, the world leader in hands-free car kits, has announced its next-generation hands-free speakerphone -- the new super-slim Parrot MINIKIT Slim. The sleek Bluetooth® car kit uses Parrot's latest voice recognition and DSP technology which means it has user-independent voice recognition and text-to-speech capability. As a result, once you have paired your phone, the phonebook automatically loads and you can place calls by simply saying "Call George, cell phone" and it will find and dial the number without any prior training or voice-tags.

Weighing only 3 ounces, the battery-powered MINIKIT Slim can be discreetly clipped to a car's sun visor or placed on a desk for up to 10 hours of talk time. It can be recharged in only four hours, and has 20 days of standby time.

"Following the market trend toward smaller and lighter products that are easier to use, our engineers went back to the drawing board to develop a sleeker, more stylist version of our original Parrot MINIKIT, integrating innovative features such as immediate voice-activated access to the telephone's commands and phonebook," says David Wenning, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. "We think we've hit a home run with this one, and it's available in both a matte black surface and in a limited-edition floral print design for greater appeal."

The Parrot MINIKIT Slim synchronizes automatically with up to 5 cell phones and has a total contact capacity of 2,500 names with 1,000 names per phone. The user-independent voice recognition eliminates the need to create "voice tags" and greatly simplifies use.

Parrot has combined its audio expertise with flat panel speaker technology developed by NXT*. Replacing the conventional loudspeaker used with this type of device with a flat, vibrating panel, sound is transmitted more clearly and evenly, resulting in outstanding audio quality.

This intuitive hands-free kit also comes with Bluetooth® v2.0 technology and is compatible with virtually every Bluetooth® portable phone on the market.

The Parrot MINIKIT Slim will be available at $99.99 in time for the holidays. For further information, visit

Also enjoy the Parrot MINIKIT Chic limited edition with its trendy flower design and add some fun in your car.

Technical features
-- Bluetooth® v2.0 hands-free kit + EDR
-- Integrated multi-speaker voice recognition software
-- Text To Speech (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese,
-- 3-button user interface
-- Wide audio dispersion with flat panel loudspeaker (NXT SurfaceSound
-- Integrated omni-directional microphone
-- Pairing: up to 5 phones
-- Phone pairing: by PIN code
-- Weight: 3 oz.
-- Talk time: 10 hours; standby time: over 20 days
-- Recharging time: 4 hours maximum
-- Parrot P5+ microprocessor at 208 MHz
-- 256 Mbit flash memory
-- Bluetooth® 2.0 class 2 (range of 10m)
-- Bluetooth® profile, HFP, OPP, PBAP        *NXT is a Trademark of New
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Founded in 1994, Parrot has rapidly established itself as a pivotal global player for wireless mobile telephone accessories. Drawing on its tried-and-tested expertise on voice recognition and signal processing technologies, Parrot was one of the very first companies to produce Bluetooth®-enabled wireless hands-free car kits, having identified this standard's vast potential as early as 1999.

Determined to accompany the mobile telephone's irresistible breakthrough into our day-to-day lives, Parrot has been developing a new range of Multimedia products since 2006, including wireless hi-fi systems and LCD photo frames. Today, Parrot truly has a major international focus, both in terms of its client base, with 86.6% of sales generated outside of France, and in terms of production, outsourced to carefully selected partners, enabling it to achieve the best possible level of quality and responsiveness. Parrot is now particularly well positioned to capitalize on the bright future opening up for mobile telephone devices.

Parrot has seen sustained growth in its consolidated revenues, which have tripled since 2005. In 2007, Parrot sold over 5 million product units and generated 220 million Euros in revenues, up 32% on 2006. Euronext Paris - Eurolist, Compartiment B: FR0004038263 - PARRO

®The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Parrot S.A. is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

About NXT

NXT's commitment to inventiveness in sound and touch has enabled it to deliver new technologies already deployed in audio systems, TVs, PCs and laptops, mobile phones, PA systems, cars, aircraft and in public buildings and facilities around the world. With its unique portfolio of patented technologies and unparalleled expertise in the field of bending wave physics, NXT helps its partners invent, create and market innovative sound solutions that offer sustainable differentiation. NXT is fully listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol NTX) and has operations in Hong Kong, Japan and the USA as well as the UK. Further information is available from

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