The Ego Flash is about as full-featured a hands-free device as you could ask for. A lot of the things the Ego Flash can do for you are the same things your cell phone can do, but it does them in a way that's not distracting while you're driving a car. For instance, it has caller ID, automatic redial, and a phonebook filled with numbers for your contacts. It can also do some things that your cell phone probably can't. For instance, if you have a Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player or MP3 music on your cell phone, the Ego Flash can play it through your car's audio system. As we mentioned on the previous page, it also has an iPod controller built-in and a cable to connect an iPod with the unit.
The following are just a few of the many functions of the Ego Flash:
- Built-in directory of phone numbers
- Voice controls
- MP3 player for Bluetooth-enabled MP3 devices
- Apple iPod controller (with the Ego iDapter kit)
- A 1.6-inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display
- Caller ID
- Reads text messages out loud
- Digital signal processing (DSP) noise-cancellation technology
- Phonebook download
The voice controls make it possible to use many of the Ego Flash's functions with minimal use of your hands. For instance, to dial the number for Fred Phillips, you just have to press the Ego Flash button that activates voice control and say, "Call Fred Phillips." Or you can be even more specific and say, "Call Fred Phillips at home" or "Call Fred Phillips at work." Of course, this assumes that Fred's number is already stored in the phone's directory. If it's not, you can say "Dial number." The Ego Flash will then prompt you for the number you want to dial and you can say the individual digits. It even has commands that allow you to correct the number in case you make a mistake.
The software in the Ego Flash will almost certainly be revised in the future and it's even possible that new features will be added, so new software can be uploaded to the Ego Flash via its Bluetooth connection. On the next page, we'll discover how easy it is to use the Ego Flash's current feature set by looking in more detail at its installation and use.