Cardo Systems, the global market leader in wireless communication systems for motorcyclists, today announced availability of the next generation of its ground-breaking PACKTALK system at specialty retailers and Cardosystems.com. The world’s first natural voice-command-operated motorcycle communications system, PACKTALK BOLD utilizes Cardo’s proprietary Dynamic Mesh Communication™ technology to create the industry’s most-sophisticated and dynamic motorcycle communications system.
Introduced in Milan last November at EICMA, PACKTALK BOLD represents a new standard in ease-of-use and seamlessly integrates with Apple’s Siri™ and “OK Google” ™ voice-command platforms. With natural voice-command, riders can simply say, “Hey Cardo” to the system spontaneously and the always-on system reacts instantaneously. It no longer requires a specific activation action such as push-to-talk. Instead, the system allows riders to keep their hands on the bars at all times and is a significant advancement over current systems that required sometimes tedious and ineffective activation commands. With PACKTALK BOLD, Cardo leapfrogs the limited-natured discourse about the ideal button control, and instead adds a new dimension of always-on, natural voice commands.
“PACKTALK BOLD is the world’s most powerful, yet easy to use, motorcycle communication system, and we’re thrilled to bring it to North American riders,” said Dr. Abraham Glezerman – Cardo’s founder and CEO. “With PACKTALK BOLD we’re taking rider safety to the next level: Instead of fidgeting with buttons or wheels, riders can now voice-control their unit on the go in a natural way and without ever having to take their hands off the bars.”
PACKTALK utilizes Cardo Connect™, Cardo’s new minimalistic and intuitive mobile app for setting and controlling the company’s entire FREECOM and PACKTALK line of devices on the road. Using natural language commands and the all-new Cardo Assistant App, riders can use PACKTALK BOLD without having to touch any button or remove a hand from the handlebar.
PACKTALK BOLD takes flight via Cardo’s state-of-art Dynamic Mesh Technology, allowing up to 15 riders to wirelessly communicate with each other with the same ease of connecting just two. Unlike Bluetooth communications, Dynamic Mesh Communication-powered devices are interconnected, thus allowing a group of riders to seamlessly join, leave or change positions at a distance of up to five miles without causing a breakdown in communications, while the self- adjusting network automatically works to keep the riding group connected. And with class-leading wind-noise suppression, a rider’s voice always comes through crisp and clear.
“PACKTALK BOLD merges pioneering Dynamic Mesh technology with smoothly activated natural voice commands, to deliver a superior riding experience that simply can’t be understated,” said Dr. Glezerman. The system uses a single-unit design simply clipped to a helmet and featuring a slick roller controller for easy volume adjustment. Its rider-to-rider range is up to one mile or up to five miles when used in a group mesh arrangement.
Let’s unpack this press release, with our user experience. Here’s a few of my favorite features:
Natural Voice Operation – Responds to voice commands
My favorite new feature is the Cards Voice Assistant, which allows you to use natural voice commands to control the unit. Instead of fumbling for controls or using the app, simply say “Hey Cardo – Next Song” to skip to your next music track. You can also say “Hey Siri” or “Hey Google” to access commands on your iPhone or Android phone. This is a much needed improvement, over the last model, as the headset would often respond when I was singing my favorite song at the top of my lungs. It’s great to be able to keep your hands on the bike, and not have to fumble with buttons on the side of your helmet.
Dynamic Mesh Communication – Up to 15 riders connected
Cardo’s Proprietary Dynamic Mesh Communication System rocks for a few reasons. First, once you create the network and set it up once, it works every time you turn on the unit. You don’t have to re-sync every device. Second, you can communicate with up to 15 riders, you can change positions for up to 5 miles of connectivity, without losing the signal. You can easily hop on or off the network, at the push of a button. So, imagine setting up your club network, and never having to do it again. Awesome, right?!
Sound – 40mm hi-def replaceable speakers for great sound + Noise Filtering
After hours of riding long distance, ear fatigue can be a real issue, and good speakers will mean the world to you. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to hear the voice of a loved one over the sound of the wind. The Packtalk Bold comes with fantastic speakers, and paired with a good helmet, it’s heaven. The Packtalk Bold’s Noise Filtering system often had folks say “It doesn’t sound like you’re on a bike at all!”
Weatherproof – Rain, snow, mud and dust proof
If you’ve ever been caught in a Texas or Florida rainstorm, you know the need for a weatherproof communication device. Cardo’s Packtalk Bold held up nicely through the rain, when I needed it most.
Battery – 13 hours active time, 1 week stand by
When I’m on the road, I’m usually riding for more than 12 hours a day. This means I use my Comm System for Music, Business Calls, and Personal Calls, all while I’m riding. I can definitely vouch for the 13 hours of active talk time. It also charges fairly quickly, with a full charge in about an hour.
The Cardo Packtalk Bold retails at an MSRP of $329.95 for single units and $579.95 for a DUO set. It’s well worth the money for the peace of mind. Order yours at revzilla.com