• Feb 19, 2012
Aftermarket smartphone integration leaves plenty to be desired. Most systems limit the usability of your device and require a tangle of cords or battery-sucking Bluetooth. Then there's the headache of trying to figure out how to access your files and applications via the stereo's cryptic controls. A new Kickstarter project aims to fix all that. Dash is a standard double-din head unit that uses a unique magnetic CNC-aluminum faceplate to dock your phone straight into your vehicle's dashboard. From there, accessing GPS, sending texts (by voice, of course) and playing music is as simple as swiping your screen. Pretty slick.

Dash features a video pass through so users can play video on external monitors, and the system keeps your phone charged while in use. The unit pumps out 4x50w of power and includes two preamps for front and rear subwoofers.

We typically get antsy any time we see technology that encourages distraction. To that end, Dash also includes an app to make all of your auto-themed applications easily accessible from one home screen. While that should cut down on the amount of time spent flipping through the main menu, it still appears that drivers will have to squint at their phones from behind the wheel.

The system features some interesting innovations, too. In addition to carrying the traditional FM tuner and an AUX in, Dash will eventually allow users to connect to their vehicle's computer. That, we can get behind.

The system is expected to begin shipping in June 2012. At first, Dash will only support the iPhone 4 and 4S, but Devium, the company behind Dash, hopes to support other smartphones in the future. Check out the Kickstarter page for more information, and click past the jump for a quick video of the system in action.

Devium Dash - Daily-use Demo from Paul Lizer on Vimeo.



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THE PERFECT CONVERGENCE OF CAR AUDIO AND SMARTPHONES IS UPON US

The Devium Dash to Change the Way we Use Our iPhones and Androids in the Car

Colorado Springs, CO (Feb. 6, 2012)-Devium, a new car audio company that will change the way we use our smartphones in the car, today announced the introduction of the Devium Dash.

Designed to fully integrate smartphones and utilize them as the interface for car audio needs, the Devium Dash is a minimalist yet elegant design that will complement the interior of any vehicle and satisfy any audiophile's needs.

Dash doesn't require that you learn a new interface to use your stereo. You already know how to use your phone to access your music, your navigation app, your phone calls, and the incredible number of other apps in your phone's marketplace.

The Dash's innovative interchangeable faceplate design allows you to keep your phone at the center of your car and allows you to have the functionality of a several thousand dollar DVD navigation unit sans the headaches of the learning curve, the lack of apps, or repurchasing the same apps, and at a fraction of the cost.

"I saw a fragmented marketplace when it came to integrating smartphones into car stereos," said Paul Lizer, Creator and Owner of the Devium Dash. "So I thought why not develop a product where the smartphone is the interface and give the customer a platform they're already familiar with."

The Dash will feature Bluetooth for hands-free calling and will allow users to designate their top five app icons to appear in landscape mode for easy viewing while on the go. It will also feature an FM tuner that will automatically switch over to radio stations' streaming audio over the Internet when a loss of signal occurs, allowing drivers to listen to their favorite local stations anywhere in the U.S. (Please see following page for full specs)

Lizer expects the first shipments of the Dash will start in July 2012 and is currently utilizing the KickStarter web-based capital-raising service to round out funding. A $250 investment into the company will buy you the Devium Dash, which is a $50 discount off the retail price starting in July.

Fore more information, please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/devium/dash-the-smart-phone-car-stereo or www.devium.us.


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      stevenh
      • 2 Years Ago
      as the average age of the cars on the road approach 11 years, this thing will be outdated in 2 as Apple changes the form factor every couple of years. Iphone 4 is very different from 3 and will again be different in 5. This will have a very limited shelf life and obsolete half way through the lease of your car and have to constantly buy new faceplates
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will work excellently. Using that tiny screen to control my music, as well as the overcharges from the data overusage is a God send.
      J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look at how many times this guy took his eyes off the road during the first 15 seconds of driving when he is in frame. This is a horrid idea. They can market this as paying money to reach over to work an under 4" touch screen that's even further away from your eyes than if you were holding it while trying to operate a vehicle. And you can buy another one every time you get a new phone! Just what everyone needed!
        Tom Bullions
        • 2 Years Ago
        @J
        100% right, this is an horrible idea. First off its so distracting. Second it doesnt even rotate the screen so you can see it correctly. Oh wait, thats a mac thing...
      Trent
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a horrible idea! We need people spending more time driving and less time playing with gadgets.
      clquake
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is not distracting enough. I'd still have time to look up right before the eighteen wheeler barrels through me.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      People and their Iphones and smartphones, not that I hate them but seriously why don't you just sew the dam things into your arm instead of trying to integrate them into everything else.
      pickles
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate to rain on the parade, but there's this tiny little company called 'SONY' that already sells a product called 'Dash' which is a 'personal internet viewer'. I'd be worried that Sony just m-i-g-h-t have an issue with someone else using that word for a vaguely similiar product.
      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not just try this instead? http://www.oxygenaudio.com/lang-en/231-o-line It allows pivoting to portrait orientation.
      citidriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good thing he's got that shift lever to rest on to enter all of those commands, another benefit of automatic transmissions.
      speedracerx808
      • 2 Years Ago
      Via Engadget.... 1 month after they posted it. Wow... -_-
      bricko
      • 2 Years Ago
      it doesnt matter what electronic device you or I like. The NTSB is currently looking into making the Auto industry as a whole disable all this stuff. Maybe even put a device that will disable all cell phones in a moving car. All distraction devices will likely be powered off during any car movement. No computers, no entering addresses in GPS stuff, no text of any kind, So get ready for all your electronic auto baubles to become .....electronic door stops.
      ragtopdodge
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tiny screen, outdated in 6 months, need a phone connection for GPS...never fly. That guy is gonna get in a wreck!
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