August 15 2008

Chatterbox has introduced a new compact rider-pillion intercom that enables users to talk and/or share music using Bluetooth wireless technology.

Crystal clear rider to passenger communication is ensured via CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) Bluetooth technology, using either voice activation or push-to-talk. CDMA is a "spread spectrum" technology, allowing many users to occupy the same time and frequency allocations in a given band/space, and it is the common platform on which 3G technologies are built.

Measuring just 80mm x 40mm x 20mm and weighing less than 50 grams, the compact XBi unit can be mounted to the side of both open and full-face helmets using either the special mounting bracket or double sided tape, which are supplied with the kit. Audio quality is further enhanced thanks to the noise suppression stereo Hi-Fi headset.

Chatterbox has designed the XBi so that it may be paired with up to two accessory devices at the same time, including iPod/ Mp3, satellite navigation, mobile phone, etc. The XBi is so far advanced that it can stream music from one module to the other in stereo audio quality, even when used as an intercom, while integral SMART technology will automatically prioritise the transmission of the paired devices. Owners may also pair the module directly accessories when riding solo. Power is supplied by a Li-Pol (lithium polymer) rechargeable battery, which provides 6-8 TRUE hours of power, with a 1-hour express charge. A wall socket charger is included.

The Chatterbox conforms to the European Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive 1999/5/EC. Retail price is £139.99 per unit. Kits are available for both open-and full-face helmets and two units will be required for rider-pillion communication.

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