Santa Clara, Calif. - BlueAnt today introduced its latest Bluetooth accessory: a hands-free voice-controlled Bluetooth speakerphone.
The S4, which employs text-to-speech technology, is designed to let users communicate without needing to touch the phone or car speakerphone. When users say the hands-free trigger phrase -- "BlueAnt Speak To Me" -- the device is ready for voice commands, according to BlueAnt. Calls can be made by saying a person's name, and the device will read out callers' names for incoming calls.
BlueAnt also said it had partnered with Vlingo for an included SafeReader app for use with BlackBerrys and Android 2.0+ devices. To activate the app, users press one button on the phone and say "Start SafeReader," allowing all incoming messages to be delivered audibly through the S4.
The S4 also has the ability to read aloud stock quotes, use navigation software and announce turn-by-turn directions. It features the company's Simply Connect technology for setup and pairing assistance, checking the battery level, adjusting the voice recognition sensitivity, finding out if the phone is connected, entering pairing mode, turning off the LED light, and controlling calls and phone functions.
Talktime is listed at 20 hours, with 700 hours of standby time.
The S4 will be available May 23 for a $99.99 suggested retail.