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Smith Adds BluetoothR Wireless Audio Systems to 2007-08 Helmet


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January 3, 2007
KETCHUM, IDAHO – (News Release) — High performance bass and treble. Universal compatibility with mp3 players and iPods. Complete wireless freedom and leading edge Smith design.

Smith Helmets now offer Bluetooth® Wireless Audio Systems as an option, pairing the established leader in innovative snow-skate helmet designs with the gold standard for wireless audio technology.

“Wearable technology like Bluetooth® is the latest essential ingredient that is keeping Smith at the forefront of innovation, said Eric Carlson, Director of Product Development. “Wireless Bluetooth® helmets are not only on the leading edge of technology, they’re also helping us push the design element.

Available in five Smith top-of-the-line helmets, Bluetooth® Wireless Audio Systems feature seamlessly integrated high fidelity speakers and drivers in the earpads, and a universal adaptor that plugs a 3.5mm connector into the headphone jack of any mp3 player or iPod.

Sound is transmitted to the earpads as Bluetooth® technology converts music into a low strength radio signal that can travel about 10 meters. Bluetooth® adaptors automatically find their corresponding receiver, and eliminate any possible interference by randomly changing frequencies more than 1,500 times per second.

Producing clear full-range bass and treble response, the audio system is smaller and lighter than all other wireless audio programs, and provides up to 10 hours of battery life. The speaker/ear pads have a glove-friendly volume control and mute button on the outside of the pad, and also help isolate the wearer from ambient noise to further increase the audio clarity.

The Smith system comes complete with an AC wall charger, a universal adaptor, and a wired connection cord.

Bluetooth® Wireless Audio Systems are available in five Smith helmet styles, including the Variant Brim ($320); the Variant ($320); the Premise ($290); the Venue ($270); and the Holt ($240).

ABOUT SMITH: Based in Sun Valley, Idaho, with a Southern California office in San Clemente, Smith Optics, Inc. was founded in 1965 with the creation of the first goggle featuring a sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam. Today, Smith is known for its diverse line of sunglasses, goggles and helmets. Smith’s devotion to excellence, innovation, performance and style has made Smith the choice of action-sport athletes worldwide. Smith products are sold in more than 50 countries through sporting goods and specialty stores. For more information, check out Performance. Style. Smith. Solid.