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We’ll concede that the Bluetooth headset, though douchey when worn as a fashion accessory, has some serious practical value, especially on the road. Still, we’re thrilled to see a new crop of alternatives for chatty drivers. Here, some highlights.
For Eco-Geeks: Iqua Sun Vizor
If old batteries stress out your eco-conscience, consider this solar-powered option. It holds a charge for up to 20 hours, so you can talk – and talk, and talk – till the sun goes down. And then comes up again. US $110
For Bikers: Nolan N-102 Helmet
Bikers face a unique challenge: How to have a conversation at 100 km/h without sounding like you’re in a wind tunnel. Enter the N-102, complete with internal microphone and noise-cancelling technology. Plus, the shaded VPS (Vision Protection System) means you can see as clearly as you hear. US $276
For Minimalists: Yada Bluetooth
Clip this clever piece of gadgetry over your rear-view mirror, and you’ll see call info displayed on the mirror itself. Voice-dialling means you never fumble with buttons; plus, you don’t have to worry about theft. Because honestly, who steals a mirror? $150
For Ballers: JVC El Kameleon
The ironically named Kameleon is like your home entertainment system, in miniature: It includes a 5.4” touchscreen, an auxiliary input, a DVD player and a remote control. Also: phone calls! US $490
The Focused Driver: Parrot MKi9200
If taking your eyes – or hands – off the wheel makes you anxious, opt for this model’s supreme streamlining: The control pad clips right onto your wheel. Check the accompanying colour screen at stoplights. $400
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