Parrot's ASTEROID digital media receiver
The Parrot ASTEROID isn't just another car stereo — it uses Internet apps to adapt to your needs. On a long road trip, it can display maps and even show you in-depth info on local restaurants and attractions. Instead of getting only your local radio stations, the ASTEROID's radio app lets you tune in over 50,000 stations from around the world. Heck, it can even read text messages aloud!
The ASTEROID isn't a web browser, but it can connect to the Internet to supply info to web-based apps and to load new apps. You can connect either using your mobile phone's Bluetooth® tether or your mobile provider's 3G USB dongle (smartphone and data plan required for either option). The ASTEROID features an open-source Android™ processor, so you can expect many new apps in the future. One important note, though — the Android processor does not control your Android phone.
Maps finds local points of interest (POI), then lets you call or get directions to them. You can also check out local traffic. Roadtrip gives you in-depth info on POIs, including a Wikipedia® description and photos. Wikango features user-generated info on traffic and speed traps. Weather gives you the local forecast, while TuneIn lets you listen to over 50,000 radio stations. TextFriendly, a subscription-based service, lets you dictate and send text messages using the ASTEROID's voice controls. An included GPS antenna lets relevant apps know where you are.
Four USB inputs
The ASTEROID gives you four handy USB slots — one is dedicated to your iPhone®, leaving three free for a variety of media and adapters, like thumb drives or a 3G web dongle. Connect your iPod®, and you can breeze through its music library using the ASTEROID's jog wheel.
Search for music by speaking
The ASTEROID makes it safer to change tunes while you're driving. Just tap the large white button next to the jog wheel, tell the ASTEROID the name of an artist or album, and it'll search anything you have connected to find what you're looking for.
Great phone integration
Parrot's made their name with Bluetooth, so you can expect flawless Bluetooth performance from ASTEROID, whether it's for hands-free calling or music streaming. You can pair up to 10 phones with ASTEROID so your entire family will be covered.
The ASTEROID synchronizes your phone book and sets up voice recognition automatically. That lets you simply tap the phone button and say the name of whoever you want to call. Relevant info from your phone is easy to see on the 3.2" display. The included stereo microphone mounts in a convenient spot in your vehicle, ensuring that your callers hear your every word clearly.
Sounds good, too
The ASTEROID features a robust, 7-band parametric equalizer for tweaking your sound, plus a Virtual Superbass effect for enhancing the low frequencies in your music.
This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.
Installation Note: The ASTEROID comes with a European-style plug attached to its wiring harness. You'll have to cut off this plug in order to attach the ASTEROID to the vehicle-specific harness which Crutchfield supplies with your order.