iPhone retrofit for older cars
February 22, 2012 - 9:33AM
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A US company has developed an in-car docking station for smart phones.
Owners of older cars will soon be able to listen to their music collection in the car, with a US company planning to release an in-car docking station for iPhones.
The system, called Dash, could spell the beginning of the end for the humble car radio.
Developed by US start-up company Devium, the new system has a docking station that allows motorists to snap-in their iPhone 4 or 4S and listen to their tunes without fiddling with cables or having the battery run down by a Bluetooth audio connection.
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The phone is instantly charged as soon as it is docked, and also gives you access to all of your phone's apps - you can even send text messages on the go (provided you use the voice-operated app system).
The phone has a movie screen for the kids on long trips, or, if you have a sat-nav application loaded, it can direct you to your destination through your car's speakers. Front-seat passengers can also browse the internet for movie times or nearby restaurants.
The only switch on the system is a volume knob, though it does have an in-built FM tuner and auxiliary input. Devium will also offer a Dashboard app that twists the portrait-oriented screen to a landscape view for easier use.
"Dash doesn't require that you learn a new interface to use your stereo," the company's website claims. "You already know how to use your phone to access your music, your navigation app, your phone calls, and the incredible number of other apps in your phone's marketplace."
The company claims it will release a range of magnetic faceplates for the system, so even if you update your phone you can still have it as part of your car stereo system.
The Dash system is still in the patent pending stage, but the company says it will be on sale by July next year. Interested parties can pledge money towards the mass-market launch of the unit, with donations of $300 or more securing one of the first batch of Dash systems.