NEW YORK — New wireless transmitter systems hit the market this month, with introductions from Cheetah and iSimple.
Cheetah debuted several wireless transmitter and audio systems designed for motorcycle helmets. The Bluetooth RDBT-TR transmitter/ receiver is meant for riders who want to hear alerts from their radar detectors but do not have any existing audio equipment. It includes an over-the-ear headphone and built-in rechargeable battery. Suggested retail is $85.
The RDFM-T FM transmitter ($35) version also has an over-the-ear headphone, but it uses two AAA batteries. The devices can be used with any type of radar detector that has a headphone input, Cheetah said.
Transmitter-only versions are available for riders who already have Cardo-type systems: the RDBT-1 Bluetooth transmitter ($35) and RDFM-1 FM transmitter ($20).
Meanwhile, iSimple announced it has updated its TranzIt line of universal car kits with the addition of the TranzIt Blu for iPhone and iPad (ISFM22). The kit features an FM modulator and Bluetooth receiver, and a free app lets it stream audio to the Apple device. Suggested retail is $129 — professional installation is recommended.
The device, which is an installed directconnect kit, eliminates the “turn-on” button found on the TranzIt (IS77) and TranzIt USB (IS32. Instead, it features a “signal-sensing bypass that activates when audio playback is detected,” iSimple said.