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June 18, 2008

Cobra Introduces Handset to Facilitate Marine Communication

By Niladri Sekhar Nath, TMCnet Contributing Editor

In a bid to help boaters communicate better, Cobra Electronics, a global designer of communication and navigation products, has introduced its new MR F300 BT (News - Alert) handset. The handset uses Cobra's MicroBlue technology that enables boaters to have loud and clear non-emergency phone conversations while underway.

Cobra's MR F300 Bluetooth Handset for BoatersThe MR F300 BT integrates Bluetooth wireless technology into a combination microphone/speaker handset. Incoming phone call audio is routed through the speaker, and outgoing voice audio is relayed through the noise-canceling microphone. In addition, the handset comes with the ability to make and receive phone calls over even the noisiest engine. Therefore, boaters will be able to keep their mobile phones tucked away from the threat of water damage.
"The MR F300 BT is the first-of-its-kind in the marine category and addresses a significant on-the-water need," said Tony Mirabelli, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Cobra. "The product helps boaters tackle the communication challenges posed by the noisy marine environment, without interrupting the boating experience."
In addition, the MR F300 BT features a supplied 12V waterproof connection, which can be easily installed. The Cobra MicroBlue technology ensures incoming and outgoing calls are easily heard over the conversations of other passengers or in gusty winds. The product has a green call button that begins conversations, a push-to-talk side button that un-mutes the microphone, and a red button that terminates the call. The MR F300 BT is designed to enhance the recreational boater's experience by making non-emergency communication easier and more convenient.
The MR F300 BT features a large, illuminated display; caller ID for incoming calls; auto redial; a phone book and call log; an external audio output, which connects to the boat stereo's auxiliary input to allow calls to be routed through the boat's speaker system when enabled; and is rated submersible to the JIS7 specification.
Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Niladri’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

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