A beacon that talks to you? Yep! Well, technically the Ortovox Diract Voice is only a chatty Cathy during search mode. Nonetheless, as the world's first beacon featuring voice navigation, Ortovox built the Diract Voice with the intent to create an even more intuitive beacon. Imagine for a minute that you're in the beacon park taking the time to educate yourself. As the drill begins and the beacon springs to life, out comes a clear and concise instruction of "run straight!" Your momma taught you to listen and so of course you find the first target, mark it with the extremely simple two-button interface. After that, as per the beacon's instructions, you take off to the right in search of the next beacon signal. A few more rounds of practice and you feel comfortable with the Diract Voice's intuitive operation. Now you can rest assured knowing that this unique beacon feature will help improve your rescue response in a real-life scenario. Although the voice navigation steals the show, the rest of the beacon is no slouch either - the battery is rechargeable, the shoulder holster is RECCO infused, the firmware is updatable via the Ortovox app, and the beacon's design is slim and svelte. On the flip side, if your beacon is the one that is under the snow, you can rest easy knowing that Ortovox has integrated SMART ANTENNA TECHNOLOGY into the Diract beacon line. This feature switches the transmission into the antenna that is best suited to your situation, thus nearly doubling your range and chances of being found. Ortovox has smartly integrated both visual and auditory directions into the Diract Voice and, in the process has possibly changed the course of all avalanche beacon design.