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MacBytes
Jul 28, 2005, 10:27 PM
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Mudbug
Jul 28, 2005, 10:28 PM
Neat-o!

sure hope it doesn't totally suck, 'cause it's got potential.

wrxguy
Jul 28, 2005, 10:31 PM
Wow Woah We Whoa! that is a killer idea...i wonder how much??

ham_man
Jul 28, 2005, 10:32 PM
That would be hella nice, assuming they can get it too work with most audio systems. And like Mudbug said, this has definite potential...

Bob Knob
Jul 28, 2005, 11:15 PM
One of the worst video blogs I have ever seen, but it does show the Drive + Play in action:
http://stevegarfield.blogs.com/videoblog/2005/07/driveplay.html

GodBless
Jul 28, 2005, 11:19 PM
Neat-o!

sure hope it doesn't totally suck, 'cause it's got potential.Yeah this is the best iPod car solution for drivers that I have ever seen!

joepunk
Jul 28, 2005, 11:23 PM
Looks like Alien technology.

Now I see where that technology from all those Alien spaceship crashes are going.

I would pick one up as long as it is not to much.

sord
Jul 28, 2005, 11:40 PM
One of the worst video blogs I have ever seen, but it does show the Drive + Play in action:
http://stevegarfield.blogs.com/videoblog/2005/07/driveplay.html
Yea it is a terrible blog - but is the car included? Kidding anyways I wonder how it hooks up to the speakers because I can't stand my iPod to FM radio thingy when I drive long distances and keep needing to change the station.

dontmatter
Jul 29, 2005, 12:42 AM
looks nice, but...

One Word: Wireless.

seriously, the gray cable is gonna be different from your car, and have slack, or restrict where you put it, and get in the way. Wireless. And I'd mount a click wheel on the steering wheel, of possible.

chewbaccapits
Jul 29, 2005, 01:27 AM
Actually, it looks a little retarted.....An eyesore if you ask me....

svenr
Jul 29, 2005, 01:41 AM
Actually, I like the Dension iceLink solution much better.
Integrates with existing radio, shows track, artist, album info, etc. on the already built-in screen, in the BMW pictured at that Harman Kardon site, for example, it would show up on the navigation screen. And you can control it from the built-in buttons on your steering wheel or radio. Why put another screen in your car with cables and holes in your dashboard when you can have it all in one?
http://www.dension.com/

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24C
Jul 29, 2005, 01:58 AM
snip Denison.... And you can control it from the built-in buttons on your steering wheel or radio. Why put another screen in your car with cables and holes in your dashboard when you can have it all in one?

Agreed about using the existing buttons in the wheel/in the car, but there is a case for a display. The Pioneer system in a Mercedes ML displays data ok, but the smaller sister Pioneer product that say fits in the Honda S2000 doesn't have enough space on the display. I think when the iPods go wireless and cars designers have had sufficient lead time, different products will emerge that will look better.

As a first stab though the HK is "neat-o", but why can't I get a all singing display that does Sat Nav etc

iMeowbot
Jul 29, 2005, 06:45 AM
Yea it is a terrible blog - but is the car included? Kidding anyways I wonder how it hooks up to the speakers because I can't stand my iPod to FM radio thingy when I drive long distances and keep needing to change the station.
It's yet another FM modulator. Blah.

Gizmotoy
Jul 29, 2005, 07:12 AM
looks nice, but...

One Word: Wireless.

seriously, the gray cable is gonna be different from your car, and have slack, or restrict where you put it, and get in the way. Wireless. And I'd mount a click wheel on the steering wheel, of possible.

Wireless stuff is horrible for in-car use. We've had what, 3-4 complaints about FM modulators in this thread already. Sure, they could use a receiver box and the public spectrum bands for some sort of digital RF audio transmission, but that's still a poor solution. Could you imagine the amount of batteries you'd go through powering a backlit LCD screen like that? And you'd still need batteries for the controller as well.

If you have a good installer, you'd barely be able to see the wires. You can tell from the pictures this was a temporary thing. They didn't even attempt to hide the controller wire.

lind0834
Jul 29, 2005, 11:34 AM
This was on engadget a long time ago..

http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000073048307/

It does have an FM transmitter if you install it yourself, but if installed you can have it wired in.