How about a surround sound format for a great music listening experience while cruising the highway?
The new MPEG Surround format will soon be available to everything that plays digital audio files such as cars, MP3 players, iPods, and cellphones. This format encodes surround sound audio data so that it can be played on compatible stereo systems. It can be also played on non-surround devices like iPods.
Rumor has it that Apple will be one of the newest licensees of the software developed by audio company Fraunhofer. The company, inventor of the MP3 format, has in fact hinted about it.
“There is an unsigned contract with a well-known PC player application,” said Fraunhofer’s Robert Bleidt (photo below) at the recently held Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas.
Been shivering like crazy during the past weeks? You wear proper clothing to make yourself comfortable, right? Your car and its gadgets need the same amount of protection against exceedingly low temperatures. Extreme cold weather can take its toll on those precious little gadgets inside your car, so you have to save them from damage.
Many devices are designed to work normally between 50 to 95 degrees. Severe cold, as well as severe heat, is one of the worst enemies of mobile electronics. If you leave your gadgets in the cold for long periods, their life span, batteries, moving components, and plastic and metal cases are all affected.
Gadgets like iPod, speakers, mobile phones, and laptops are often left in your car during severe cold weather. Experts say while the weather can be harmful to your gadgets, it’s what you do with them inside your car that can cause the worse damage.
If your gadgets had been left in the cold for a long time, wait for at least three to four hours for them to warm back to room temperature before turning them on.
Also, beware of static electricity in cold weather. Never try to touch you gadgets to avoid that shocking touch.
Shoot while you drive.
Doing them simultaneously is possible with the latest journey recorder from Japanese manufacturer Nikkai. Now you can record your most memorable trips with this black gadget. The Nikkai In-Car Journey Recorder can also be used to store footage in case you meet an accident.
Using a 1.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor, the Nikkai In-Car Journey Recorder captures video footage of the road ahead. The gadget can record a maximum of 18 hours of video on a 2GB SD card.
• Fixes to your windscreen to record your journey
• 1.3 megapixel CMOS camera records in AVI format for easy playback
• Capture intervals can be set to between 2-3 seconds and 3 minutes
• Stores up to 9 hours of video on 1GB SD card or 18 hours on 2GB SD card at three second recording intervals
• Powered by 2 x AAA batteries (supplied) or DC 12V charger (supplied)
• Batteries provide around 4 hours continuous use when recording at three second intervals
• Supplied complete with software for playback and configuration
• Resolution: 1280*1024 pixel
• Still Image: JPG Format
• DC Power: DC 12V (included)
Winter is fun, but not when you are traveling down the road. It can fall onto the driveway and even accumulate on your automobile; but the worst will be when it starts to block your windshield and produce fogging effect inside. Sure you can add a variety of heaters, glass heaters to take them away, but what about the other parts of your vehicle. All you can just hope for now is that the industry and its geniuses find a good auto electronic device or gadget that will also keep it off the falling snow. So for now, you just have to settle to something very useful; in such situations–the Ice Scraper Mitt. You just have to suit your hands with its water proof elastic wrist band and scrape to the last touch of ice on your vehicle.
The Ice Scraper Mitt is actually a two-in-one protection for your sensitive hands against frost bite, which can actually happen whenever the cold gets into you. This does happens when you are cleaning or scraping the ice off your vehicle and you only have gloves to keep it from direct contact with the frosting ice. It doesn’t necessarily mean that gloves are no better protection, but the Ice Scraper Mitt is made exactly for longer exposure; thus is best. It has 12 inches long nylon mitt which is water resistant so your hands stay dry and warm even at longer scraping expeditions.
Enjoy the full benefits of this Ice Scraper right before the winter is at its full swing. Add it into your tool box or better yet, into your compartment; somewhere within your arms reach from the driver’s seat. Doing so will keep you prepared at all times, especially now the holidays is just around the corner and who knows just how many times you need to go back and forth the groceries and malls?
For iPhone and iPod touch users, here’s a new game I’m sure you’ll get addicted to.
The recently launched “MINI Liquid Assets” is a fun, interactive game inspired by and reminiscent of the old encased water jet games that kids loved generations ago. Produced by MINI Financial Services, the new application combines the MINI brand and intuitive controls that maximize the sophisticated features of the iPhone and iPod touch user interface.
Players need to fire streams of water (with bubble sound effects) into their “MINIs” to keep away from obstacles and guide their coins safely to their MINIs. The game is easy to learn with three difficulty settings: “Easy,” “Medium” and “OMG.” How do you earn points? If you shoot more water, you get more “liquid assets.” Cool idea, huh?
The Mini Liquid Assets, which caters especially to MINI drivers and Apple enthusiasts, features the complete model lineup of MINI vehicles, as well as the latest MINI convertible and the MINI E. Another amazing built-in feature is “Find a MINI dealer” that uses Google Maps app. The new iPhone app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App store.
According to Jim McDowell, Vice President of MINI USA: “We think “MINI Liquid Assets” is going to put a smile on people’s faces-a little like cruising around town with the top down on your new MINI Convertible.”
That makes me want to own a MINI convertible! But why do I have to save for it (and wait for a million years) when I have my iPhone?
Top mobile and car technology firms are bracing for the impact of the global financial crisis. But they’re taking this as an opportunity for change.
So what opportunities are there to explore in 2009? At the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last January 8, key car technology executives gathered to discuss pertinent issues about the industry. Dubbed “Connect2Car: The Automobile’s Convergence with Consumer Electronics,” the session focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of in-vehicle technologies. Session panelists offered suggestions such as employing more efficient HMI, telematics, and eco-friendly technologies.
The panelists observed that consumers want two things about in-vehicle technologies: luxury and ability to focus on the road. One solution that was brought up is a wireless technology that can foresee and inform one’s vehicle and surrounding vehicles on road conditions such as red lights and icy roads.
The event, held at Las Vegas, Nevada from January 8 to 11, is the world’s biggest exhibition for consumer technology products. In-vehicle gadgets that were exhibited at the CES include, among others: GPS technology, mobile video, security, aftermarket accessories, speakers, and car wireless technology. Among the car gadgets that stood out in the exhibit were the Internet car radio and wireless battery charger.
While there’s good reason for electronics companies to be optimistic despite tough times, I think they shouldn’t take everything sitting down either. A lot of impending problems need to be addressed. I don’t want to sound too pessimistic, but many car owners would rather spend for engine maintenance than buy the latest GPS or Bluetooth-enabled gadgets around. To survive the tough economy, car electronics firms should consider providing consumers first with products catering to their basic needs like safety and security (as opposed to entertainment-geared devices). Adjusting their prices could also be a wise and welcome measure.
Who would’ve thought that one can do so much with a sunglass? Probably no one, until the Bluetooth sunglasses came in the world of gadgetry.
A promising fashion item, er, electronic device for 2009 will hit the markets probably this month: the TriSpecs’ Bluetooth Sunglasses.
Let’s see what this pair of sunglasses has to offer:
- Bluetooth headset
- A set of retractable earbuds
- Two uni-directional microphones
- Dual in-ear speakers (extending them turns the power on)
- Voice dialing and prompts for convenient, hands-free use
- One-touch dialing
- Call control buttons on the arms of the glasses
- MP3 player (You have to press the button on the rim of the glasses to switch between MP3 player and calls.)
- Noise elimination acoustic technology
- Comes in black, white, and metallic with optional designs
- Also available in female-specific versions
It’s a must-have for workaholics who are always on the go. Especially for those who are often on business trips, this Bluetooth sunglasses will be a smart multitasking companion on the road.
And if you happen to dream of being fashionable even when you’re inside your car, then this designer sunglasses is for you. I bet glancing every now and then at your rear view mirror will become an exciting and welcome distraction for you. How vain can you get?
Priced at around $200, this amazing gadget from TriSpecs was one of the featured gadgets at the recently held Consumer Electronics Show 2009 at Las Vegas.
What do gizmo fanatics have to look forward to in 2009?
Expect the most exciting and smartest gadgets to flood the electronics market this year. Forget about the economic crisis (for the moment), and let’s drool over some amazing, soon-to-be-released gadgets. Who knows, you might own one of them soon.
Internet radio is not unfamiliar to many tech geeks, even to the average Web surfer. But an Internet CAR radio? Whoa, that’s something new!
Thanks to Blaupunkt 600i, the world’s first in-dash Internet car radio to be released on the market, drivers and passengers can now access thousands of Web radio stations and listen to music, news, and talk shows while on the road.
This cool device features everything that a medium- to high-end radio offers: AM/FM, CD, mp3, plus Internet radio, of course. Installing this cool gadget is very easy; all you need is a 3G mobile phone with a data plan. Connect the radio to the Internet using your cellphone’s 3G or Bluetooth. Then access the MiRoamer service, which will stream your chosen Internet radio stations. Voila, you can now groove to your favorite music!
The Internet car radio was in fact a hit at the Consumer Electronics Show 2009 last January 10 at Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a collaboration of German electronic equipment maker Blaupunkt and popular Australian radio site MiRoamer.
It will be available in the United States and Europe around second half of 2009 and will cost about $399.
It’s welcome news for audiophiles out there. On my next post, I will feature another electronic auto device that you should watch out for in 2009.
Zup, buddies? I’ve got good news for you and for your automobile’s maintenance. This time, it’s literally for maintenance—the Black and Decker Car Vacuum! You think there is nothing especial about it? It will be a cliché to say that it powerfully works but it is! It has a 12 volt motor and longer than any others power cord of 16 inches. This only means that it can really suck all those unwanted dirt and particles off your carpet, dash, seats, and almost any nook you got there in your ca! Isn’t that wonderful?
The Black & Decker Car Vacuum is very easy to use: plug into any cigarette lighter jack on your dash and the dust and grime pick-up goes on. One thing you will love about this auto electronic device is that it is equipped with just the right accessories your interior needs. For example: it has crevice tools that just pops up when narrow spaces are reached or an upholstery brush that cleans dusty fabrics just the way you want it. Since it can clean in one easy step as this, you need not dirty your hands. This way, you can do the cleaning right after a drive or a lift you give someone.
Another thing you got to love about the Black & Decker Car Vacuum is that it will keep you from spending too much. You can save money in many ways from getting it into your compartment. One is that you need not need to frequently take your vehicle for a car wash, which can also imperil your finish and your carpeting. Not to mention the time and effort. Another is by keeping yourself from getting other forms of cleaning devices aside from the ordinary vacuum you have. Don’t you think its time for a little change?
Soon, you’ll have to toss those bunch of tousled power cords out of your car in favor of the wireless battery charger.
The eCoupled Intelligent Wireless Power Technology promises to power up your mp3 player, cellphone, iPod, or others that need electricity—minus the irritating wires, of course. No need to plug your gadgets in! Just place your devices within the range of the system’s power pad, and it will start to charge.
What’s more, the device can transfer data, making wireless coupling of music players and cellphones within your car possible.
Like the Internet Car Radio, the wireless battery charger was among the gadgets exhibited last week at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.