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CAR HIFI NAVIAGATION: Intelligent product-combination from Blaupunkt
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 03.05.02 - 21:11:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 7456x
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Ups, I just found this pictures from CeBIT on my CF card and I missed to post it! It's a pretty cool project from Blaupunkt, the German Car HiFi manufacture.
The Micro Drive in its
docking station

It's a system, Blaupunkt presented on the CeBIT which combines a car radio and also includes a GSM phone and a CD-player. So far nothing fancy but it becomes interesting if you wonder if it also includes a CD changer unit and no, it doesn't includes this but a docking-station for an IBM Micro Drive. This means that you can carry 1 MB of MP3s in your Pocket PC and if you enter the car, you can plug the Micro Drive into your car HiFi system. That's pretty cool but at least not everything this system provides.

The whole system includes
the radio, the Micro Drive,
an optional telephone receiver
and the iPAQ docking station

The radio also includes a navigation system. However, this small radio screens are boring and sometimes not really functional for car-navigation. The point is that you can also plug your iPAQ to your Blaupunkt radio and use the iPAQ screen as the navigation display! That's a fantastic idea - I think! The whole navigation logic isn't included into the iPAQ but in the car navigation system which do this job better than portable GPS systems, but using the Pocket PC as the output screen, with 3D graphics is something I really enjoy and I would like to see on my car navigation system too!

The route, delivered
on an iPAQ

Unfortunately I didn't found a link on Blaupunkt's website, so I'm not sure if this was a project only or not but as far as I remember, it was real and is/will be available!

However, I like the idea to combine different products to improve the functionality and convenience of the services. If you think to add GPRS "always-on" functionalities this will become more than interesting!

Cheers ~ Arne

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