There once was a time when you had to pull out your engine and hardwire it to a dynamometer to get power and torque measurements at the crankshaft or put your ride on a drive roller and use a chassis dynamometer to get stats on power delivered to the wheel. That’s so like 2007. Now, thanks to the Apple iPhone and a team of gear-head developers at BunsenTech, an application aptly named Dynolicious handles all this for the everyday performance junky and amateur racer set.
Porsche Design, the german auto company’s merchandise shop, puts out loads of cool consumer stuff. Over the years they have had full lineups of fresh men’s and women’s clothing, watches, sunglasses, caps, belts, key rings, cuff links, golf accessories, racing gear, luggage, specialty bags, model cars, children’s toys, audio players and navigation systems. Oh yeah, and mobile phones too! The Porsche Design P9522 cell phone is not the company’s first foray into the mobile market, but it is their best effort yet. Similar to the new Apple MacBook, this phone is constructed out of a single chuck of aluminum. It has a very clean candy-bar form factor and is heavy and solid.
Blaupunkt has teamed up with miRoamer to bring to market the world’s first in-dash Internet radio head unit. Debuted at the 2009 CES Show this week in Las Vegas, the Blaupunkt New Jersey 600i is being marketed for OEM installation. However, there are no details yet on what automakers will be the first to provide this offering.
The beauty of the Blaupunkt New Jersey 600i is it’s ability to stream any Internet radio station provided by miRoamer as well as access any additional station by entering it’s URL.
It’s the holidays and cool tech products are always top of mind. One of the most exciting mobile gadgets to be released in time for Christmas is the ClarionMiND Mobile Internet Navigation Device. The name of the device sums it up pretty well. Clarion has released a gps navigation unit that also functions as an internet browser and multimedia wiz.
A bright 4.8 inch LCD touchscreen produces a great viewing experience for movies, videos or turn by turn navigation. The device runs on a Linux OS and comes with a built in browser, Real Media Player and widgets for mySpace, YouTube, weather and news. Bluetooth and WiFi provide connectivity and a 4GB SSD module provides storage with a MicroSD slot for more memory.
LoJack may have pioneered the stolen vehicle recovery system years ago, but many entrants are taking that concept and providing greater ease of use and flexibility. One such company is Blackline which is offering a device known as the GPS Snitch. The unit requires no installation, is small enough to be hidden in any vehicle and is easy to transfer between cars.
The Snitch is comprised of a GPS tracker, wireless transmitter, rechargeable battery and motion sensor. Blackline offers customers the option of being able to track online, via SMS or e-mail. There is also an application available for Blackberries that provides a special interface and a “geo-social networking experience.”
The Blackline GPS Snitch offers real-time automatic tracking, with a very low lag time of 20 seconds. It works in the US and Canada and costs $299.99 MSRP with service plans available at $14.99/month.
The new Passport 9500ix from Escort surpasses many of it’s brethren in the radar detection market by leaps and bounds. 360 degree radar and laser detection (across all bands) is in full effect but the Passport 9500ix’s biggest claim to fame is it’s promise of no false alarms. The built in gps unit assists with keeping track of what signals are not real threats. Either automatically, based on a recurrence of 3 passes across the same signal in the same exact location, or by manually locking out the signal, the 9500ix will eventually cancel out all false alarms for areas that are frequently traveled.
Another significant advancement is it’s large safety camera database which lists 1000s of red light and fixed position speed cameras throughout the US. Firmware updates keep the unit current.
Source: Escort Radar
The new PMD-B200 Blackbird II from Alpine brings some coolness back to the portable navigation market. It offers a nice, bright touchscreen with an easy to use control pad for zooming in and out of maps, working the navigation menu, activating the music player and punching up bluetooth functions.
The unit offers both text and voice-guided directions for the US and Canada with 2D and 3D maps. It’s compatible with NAVTEQ Traffic RDS service (costs extra) which provides real time traffic data, filtering and auto-detouring.
The bluetooth functionality allows you to both make as well as recieve calls from bluetooth-enabled phones as well as sync address books. It’s a nice touch to have hands-free calling available in states such as New York and New Jersey with handheld bans.