Motorola H17txt will read incoming texts

The Motorola H17txt is Motorola's latest Bluetooth headset that will read incoming text messages to you.

Motorola H17txt
Motorola H17txt has text to speech. Motorola

Motorola announced the Motorola H17txt today, and no, it's not an April Fools' joke. The Bluetooth headset has MotoSpeak, Motorola's name for its text-to-speech technology. It is designed to read text messages to you so you never have to take your eyes off the road. Funnily, it also promises to read out acronyms like "lol" and "l8r" as actual words. It will also read out incoming caller/texter ID, plus it comes with a list of autoresponse messages.

Other features include A2DP streaming so you can listen to your podcasts or your phone's turn-by-turn directions, and it also has voice prompts to let you know the status of your headset. We'll let you know the pricing once we have it, but it should go up for sale from Verizon Wireless starting today.

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Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.


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