My Low Tech Car

Jan 9, 2015 by

When I bought my 2010 Honda Element I didn’t do much in the way of adding upgrades. Basically, as far as tech upgrades went, all I had was an FM/AM radio with a CD player. At the time that was all I thought I needed. But today there are so many cool tech things you can add to your car that I don’t need but wouldn’t mind having or at least have the ability to add.

With my smartphone and a good mount, I have added GPS which I use all the time. I don’t try to text or make or answer calls while I am driving so I have no desire to add tech to allow me to do that safely, if it can be done safely. I added a dashboard camera to record my driving in case of an accident and I loved that. But someone stole it and I don’t plan on replacing it.

One piece of tech that I added that I didn’t want to add was an EZPass device so I could pay the new tolls that were imposed on all the bridges and tunnels in the area. But yesterday I did see something that I would have loved to install except I have neither a USB port norĀ a 3.5mm auxiliary jack. It would have allowed me to play music from my smartphone through my car stereo system. That would be nice, but as it stands now if I want to do something similar I would have to get a bluetooth speaker to connect to my smartphone, not the ideal solution.

There is a heads up display device that looks pretty cool, but I am afraid that would distract me too much from my driving. It’s just as well, I don’t drive all that much anyway and I really could better spend my money elsewhere. But the geek it me still cries out….

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Looking Glass, window to the world.

Feb 25, 2008 by

This is one of the coolest and most innovative technology concepts I have ever seen. If it ever comes to market I am getting me one. Incorporating a camera/scanner, GPS and internet connectivity, the device resembles a glass frame. Just frame anything with the device and an image of the object will be analyzed and searched on sites like Wikipedia, Google, or Google Earth. Any information on the image will be relayed back and displayed on the glass. Access to learning aids such as online dictionaries, thesaurus or reference databases will provide a myriad of information. You really need to see it for yourself at this site. The designer is Mac Funamizu and this device has so many possibilities that I am really excited about actually getting my hands on one some day.

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Into the 21st Century with TomTom

Dec 30, 2007 by

TomTomI have been out with a bad cold the last few days but I have managed to summon enough strength to write about my new TomTom One 3rd edition car navigation system. I drive a 1996 Ford pickup truck which has no high tech. gear in the cab. So feeling deprived at not having a fancy navigation system like everyone else I spent $149.95 at Amazon and bought a TomTom. When I received the unit yesterday I had to try it out even though I was not feeling well. I quickly programmed my office at Fort Monroe as a destination, mounted the unit in my truck with the suction cup mount, and headed out. The map display is very easy to read and presents information such as speed, distance remaining to destination, estimated time of arrival, time remaining until arrival, and miles traveled. When a turn or exit is required, a clear audio prompt as well as a video prompt is generated. For example, when my first exit was coming up a womans voice notified me that a right exit in two miles was required. As I got closer additional audio prompts as well as a green arrow superimposed on the display over the exit I was to take was generated. A sign icon with the name and number of the exit is also displayed. The audio prompt also tells you whether you need to turn right or left at the exit or bear right or left and which lane to stay in. In short, the TomTom makes it almost impossible to make a wrong turn or get lost. When I stopped short of work and selected home as my destination, the TomTom immediately calculated a return route. It is fascinating to watch the map scroll and the upcoming streets be displayed as you drive. I just hope I am not too distracted by the unit as I am driving. I cannot wait to try the TomTom on a destination to which I have never traveled. For the price I paid for the unit I am very pleased with its capabilities and performance. Next to my new HDTV this is the best Christmas present I have ever bought myself.

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