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Capture Your Journeys On Video With Nikkai In-Car Journey Recorder

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.

Other features:
• 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)…

Ice Scraper Mitt

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?…

Free MINI Game For iPhone, iPod Touch Users

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?…

More Efficient, Effective Car Technologies To Come Despite Hard Times

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.…

Black & Decker Car Vacuum

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?…

EZ-Talk: FM Hands Free Car Kit

So you want something better than your car phone; something that you can directly use without pebbling on smallish headset that you might misplace somewhere in the car. Doing so might even risk your safe driving or might send you to a state of ignoring every call whenever you are on the road. That’s not efficient driving, isn’t it? Well, nobody wants to be in that position. Good thing that the industry has now come up with an easy talk answering machine with built-in speaker and FM radio! It is very useful and handy, you can use it anywhere you go with its no-installation, plug-in style!

The EZ-Talk: FM Hands Free Car Kit comes with a built-in push button so you can talk in its compact size. Its flexible microphone holder is just perfect for you so you need not jerk off your seat anytime you need to talk. It also has a stable hands-free radio frequency which adopts the PLL IC. This gives even better functions than that of using crystal. You can easily plug it into your cigarette lighter voltage or any 12 volts direct current supply and you already have a complete 2-in-1 hands-free answering machine and radio!

$34.95 is pretty meager for a functional auto electronic gadget as the EZ-Talk: FM Hands Free Car Kit. It is even comparably small with the amount you will need to shell out for a good kind of speaker, the more it becomes small when talking about an entire car kit. And since it will also be another form of a safety technique for you, this amount is not important. Complete car kit and no-install auto electronic gadget, is there anything else you want to ask rather than the EZ-Talk: FM Hands Free Car Kit? I certainly do not think so.…