Cool Gadget for 2009: Internet Car Radio

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

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.