Jabra Introduces Wireless Speakerphone Featuring Noise Blackout Technology

GN Netcom, the world leader in innovative headset solutions, today announced the
Jabra CRUISER, the first Bluetooth wireless speakerphone for
mobile phones to feature Noise Blackout technology, a dual microphone system
that eliminates street and traffic sounds while optimizing voice quality.
Joining Jabra’s successful and critically acclaimed line of speakerphones, the
CRUISER offers superior audio quality, a sleek design, and in-car convenience,
allowing drivers to keep both hands on the wheel in compliance with hands-free
driving laws. The Jabra CRUISER will be shown for the first time this week at
the 2010 Consumer Electronics
Show (CES).

Currently, six states prohibit all drivers from talking on
handheld cell phones while driving, and additional states are following suit.
Violation of such laws could result in a ticket; however, there are a number of
wireless solutions to help keep both hands on the wheel and savings in the bank.
The Jabra CRUISER includes features that keep users informed of incoming calls,
battery level, and connectivity status – all without the touch of a finger. The
device features caller ID in the form of voice announcements, which
intelligently accesses a paired phone’s address book to announce the name of an
incoming caller. StatusDisplay LED indicators on the speakerphone display
multi-colored lights that correspond to the headset’s battery level and
Bluetooth connection status so users can gauge their status with just one

The Jabra CRUISER also conquers one of the biggest limitations with car
speakerphones: ambient noise. The proprietary Noise Blackout technology
identifies the direction of various sounds – including traffic and backseat
chatter – and reduces only surrounding noise without distorting a user’s voice.
The technology uses dual microphones to capture the sound and then intelligently
filters the ambient noise only. Used together with advanced DSP technology for
echo reduction, the technology allows both sides of a call to be heard in
natural sounding voice quality.

Featuring Multiuse connectivity, the Jabra CRUISER allows two
Bluetooth-enabled devices – including mobile phones, smartphones, and MP3
players – to be paired simultaneously via a turnkey auto-pairing function for
instant usability. Ideal for both family road trips or business travel, the
CRUISER detects an incoming call and connects to the respective device. MP3
tracks can even be remotely controlled from the CRUISER with simple play, pause
and rewind buttons on the speakerphone. In addition, a built-in FM transmitter
allows calls and MP3s stored on a mobile device and played via the Jabra CRUISER
to be heard through a car’s stereo system. Ensuring that users won’t miss phone
calls while listening to music, the CRUISER even fades out music to allow for
incoming calls.

The Jabra CRUISER is available online and at Verizon and AT&T retail
stores for a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Key product specifications of the Jabra CRUISER include:

  • Bluetooth 2.1, including EDR and eSCO
  • A2DP and AVRCP for music streaming
  • Noise Blackout technology with dual microphones and echo cancellation (DSP)
  • FM Transmitter for listening to calls and music through car stereo speakers
  • Caller ID voice announcements via phone book access profile (PBAP)
  • StatusDisplay LED indicators for battery level and Bluetooth connection
  • Multiuse – connects to 2 devices at the same time
  • Auto-pairing to mobile phone
  • Up to 14 hours of talk time and 300 hours of standby time
  • Dimensions – 5in (L) x 2.4in (W) x 0.6in (H)
  • Weight – 3 ounces
  • Includes a Micro USB cable, universal car charger, clip for visor and quick
    start manual

In fall 2009, GN Netcom launched the Jabra STONE, a revolutionary wireless headset that delivered a
new era in style and broke the mold of the traditional Bluetooth headset.
Eliminating the standard on-face microphone, the Jabra STONE combines both style
and functionality and features a wireless portable charger that also functions
as a compact carrying case. The Jabra STONE, currently available for $129.99 at
AT&T retail stores, will be available at other retail outlets nationwide
beginning February 1, 2010.


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