This is how Parrot got started: voice recognition softwate leading to the development of a Hand held voice recognition digital organizer, the Parrot Voice Mate!
Back in 1994, Henri Seydoux, founder of Parrot company, was seduced by speech and voice recognition algorithms and technologies… He designed one of the very first PDAs.
The Parrot Voice Mate was designed to help Blind and visually impaired people, allowing them to vocally store and retrieve information such as Phone numbers, addresses and Appointments easily with voice commands.
Features of the Parrot Voice Mate (discontinued since 2006):
More Recording Time : 40 minutes
High Voice Recognition Quality
Non Volatile Flash Memory : data is saved when replacing
batteries Earphone for discrete use
8 levels of volume control
PC link for storing data and updating software via the internet
Personal Identification Code: to limit access
Functions are announced verbally
11 languages available:
English, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian,
Japanese, Spanish, and Swedish, Norvegian.
Professional Appointment book
Reminder for periodic and repeating items
Talking Calculator with foreign currencies
A voice prompt accompanies every keystroke
Batteries and headset included
Please note Parrot Voice Mate is no longer sold since April 2006.
Only after-sales repair are undertaken at www.voice-assistant.com
Here is a list of disadvantages that the earpiece manufacturers and resellers don’t want you to know about:
1. Nearly all Bluetooth earpieces have an internal battery that can’t be removed. These batteries have a short life of approximately 300 charges, or approximately one earpiece per year (less if you recharge every day). And prices range from $20-$300, averaging about $50.
2. The earpiece can’t be used while it is charging.
3. The earpieces don’t fit everyone comfortably. One size definitely doesn’t fit all; yet you cannot try the earpiece before you buy.
4. The earpieces are uncomfortable for those who wear glasses or sunglasses.
5. For reasons of hygiene, the earpieces should not be shared.
6. Earpieces are easily lost, stolen, or broken.
7. Bluetooth headsets, on average, last just 26 hours when not in use and only 2 to 3 hours when talking.
8. Many users purchase more than one Bluetooth earpiece, then finally give up and buy an integrated Bluetooth car kit.
9. Potential harmful effects from radiation through the earpiece.
10. Most people find the earpieces uncomfortable and ugly, and/or experience lousy audio quality.
Source: Ken Lum, Safewireless.com – More information on www.parrotsafedriving.com
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Great review and demo video from well-known blog Techcrunch, French Edition.
Read Techcrunch.fr review (in French)
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