Modern car stereos are a far cry from the ones manufactured a few decades back. Since we’ve moved away from the era of cassettes and video recorders, we’ve seen car stereos slowly being transformed into devices resembling works of art. Sleek and trendy players now dominate the markets with many being iDevice-enabled. But it doesn’t hurt to stand out in this sea of electronics with something a little different.
One of the latest car stereo systems to be launched is Dash, conceived by Paul Lizer. While we have quite a few systems that can be accessed through smartphones, Dash stands out in that you can make use of all the apps on your smartphone without having to learn how to control new apps in new car stereo systems.
Lizer is no amateur when it comes to electronics as he’s currently working for Lockheed Martin. He founded the start-up company Devium which is based out of Colorado Springs to create Dash which embraces iPhones and stereo systems without having to separate a car stereo from a smartphone. His creation hasn’t been mass produced as yet and Lizer is hoping to get funded by Kickstarter so that he can get his product out on the market.
Dash comprises two main components – the faceplate and the body. No matter how often you change your phone, Dash can be made to work with it provided you change the nameplate. Of course, there are many systems that are compatible with iPhones but most times, those systems require you to get in tune with their interfaces which can become a problem if you aren’t that tech savvy. Dash seeks to solve all that by integrating its system with various types of smartphones so even technologically challenged folks can control it with ease.
Customers can choose from a range of trendy faceplate colors from white, black, red and blue. If you choose to pledge a certain sum of money ($250) to Lizer’s project, you will get it for a slightly cheaper price. If not, it retails for $300 and if you pledge another $300 to the project, you get to choose from the four vibrant colors.
Of course, like all things experimental, Dash does come with its own share of drawbacks. For starters, you won’t be able to tune in to local radio stations. You may also have to sacrifice any navigational system that your car’s equipped with. For now, however, we’re quite pleased with Dash especially as it uses power efficient class-D amps and provides for a familiar interface that you don’t need to learn all over again.