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CES Spotlight: Parrot ASTEROID Smart Digital Media Receiver

I've been a camera nut all my life, so it makes sense I'd end up being a video producer. Of course, it has been a roundabout journey for me, as I started at Crutchfield in 2007 writing about car audio gear. Over the years I've learned about all the electronic items we sell, and it is my job to make sure we are making videos that you will find useful, whether you're shopping for something specific or trying to install some new gear yourself. My job is a lot of fun because I get to play around with all the cool stuff you see on our website while I'm making videos about it. Getting hands-on with the gear helps me see what I should show you about a product, though the flip side is my personal wish list is a mile long...

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Parrot's multi-talented ASTEROID Smart digital media receiver keeps you connected on the road, runs your mobile audio show, and even gets you where you need to go with built-in GPS navigation. This double-DIN receiver features a 6.2" capacitive touchscreen that uses the same technology as current popular tablets and smartphones, so it's really easy to use and it works with nearly every type of smartphone.

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Video Transcript

Zak: Hey. I'm at the Parrot booth at CES 2013 with Frederic. Frederic, tell me about the ASTEROID Smart.

Frederic: Yeah, the ASTEROID Smart is the new generation of head units. This is a double-DIN, and the good thing with that is on top of the hands-free telephony, the app for the digital music with the iPod connector, USB and line-in you have all the connectivity, meaning that you can use apps directly on the device. They're all loaded in, and we are compatible with any type of smart phone. So in terms of apps, we have navigation, we have point-of-interest, but also radios, smart radios. And the good thing again is all the apps are embedded, so don't need to load first the apps onto your smart phone. They are already installed. And on top of that if you need another apps you can go, you can access the accessory market and download the new app directly onto the device.

Zak: That's great. That really is smart. That's the Parrot ASTEROID Smart in-dash digital media receiver.

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