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Parrott USB Microphones Start to Arrive

After some false starts and a USB update from Apple in the form of Mac OS 9.04 one year after the iBook was introduced and riding on the heels of IBM's "Via Voice Enhanced for Mac" announcement at MacWorld Expo, VXI Corp. Introduces a fully functional USB Digital Microphone System that is now shipping. We look forward to reviewing the Parrott Jamaica USB Headset System soon!
Press Release:

" The New Parrott Jamaica USB Headset System Offers the Highest Quality Voice Input

--Aug. 1, 2000--VXI Corp. today announced and shipped Jamaica, the first in a series of fully functional Universal Serial Bus (USB) Digital microphone systems. The new Parrott Jamaica headset system employs the same cutting-edge technology as that of the highly successful VXI Parrott line of speech recognition headsets, thus bringing the same level of voice clarity to the USB Port.

    With a low cost, fully functional USB headset, VXI immediately enters the USB marketplace with the Jamaica product. Jamaica offers superior noise canceling microphone, coupled with award winning Translator technology, which enables any Windows or Macintosh computer, including Apple G4, iMac and iBook, to implement voice-based applications through the USB port. Applications such as speech recognition, with specific support for IBM ViaVoice, Dragon Systems and L&H software offerings; voice command and control; VoIP (Voice over the Internet), video conferencing, voice recording, voice chat and on-line gaming are all possible with the maximum voice clarity available on the PC with the VXI Jamaica USB Headset.

    Installation couldn't be easier, with software drivers already available from within either operating system, all you need to do is plug in and go. Windows and Macintosh users both can take advantage of plug-and-play, which means there is no need to shut down, restart or sleep your computer when you want to unplug your headset. A USB connector is provided for the digital microphone, and a single 3.5mm plug connects the analog earphone to the sound output jack. The Jamaica draws only 30mA from the USB port; therefore there is no need for external power.

    Long-term use and wearing comfort have been designed specifically into the Jamaica. The adjustable ratchet headband is fully enclosed to eliminate user's hair being caught. The temple pad is soft and fully adjustable. The flexible microphone boom holds its position, while the microphone windscreen is small enough to be unobtrusive. The Jamaica is made of ABS plastic for maximum durability and is styled in a fashionable graphite color with a black stainless steel flexible headband. The connecting cords are very durable and strong yet lightweight, a key point for a long-term investment.

    List price for new Parrott Jamaica USB Headset (Model # ID: Parrott BMIC) is $69.95. The new VXI Parrott Jamaica, first in a new USB family of products, is available today via VXI's Internet web site www.vxicorp.com and distribution channels throughout the world listed on the site.


    About VXI Corp.

    VXI Corp. is a market leader in the design, development and marketing of high performance voice interface hardware communications products for the business and call center environment, as well as for OEM and end user Internet telephony markets. VXI's products may be viewed and purchased through www.vxicorp.com and from major distributors, and OEMs."



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