Today, cloud based voice services took another big step forward with the announcement by Plantronics of a new service called ‘Vocalyst’. Vocalyst is a cloud based voice service that comes bundled with two new headsets (also announced today) in the Plantronics range.
First up is the Savor M1100 which comes with a dedicated voice button – you just tap the button and say “call vocalyst” – and you’re through to the service.
Likewise, the new Voyager PRO+, lets users invoke the service by just triple-tapping a button on the headset.
Now instead of just making and taking calls, users of the Plantronics Savor M1100 and Voyager PRO+ can do several things “out of the box” with Vocalyst:
- Send and listen to emails
- Record and listen to reminders
- Post messages to Twitter and listen to their Twitter streams
- Update Evernote
- Listen to the news, finance, sports and weather reports
- An optional upgrade allows users to send text messages, use a range of 3rd party services and have their messages converted from voice to text.
Plantronics are offering Vocalyst Basic edition bundled free for one year with the Savor M100 and Voyager PRO+ in the US. Both the Savor M1100 and the Voyager Pro+ will retail at $99.99 and will be available in October in the US.
Vocalyst works with any phone – users activate the 1 year included service at www.plantronics.com/vocalyst.
As an extra bonus to help combat distracted driving, Blackberry and Android users can download apps that will read out text messages to you while you drive, and auto-respond with a custom message.
The Plantronics Vocalyst service is powered by Dial2Do.
Full release here