Just plug the Automatic Link into your car’s data port. Your car and smart phone
will automatically connect whenever you drive, wirelessly.”
This one has been making the rounds today and for good reason: there are so many awesome ideas at play here! Basically, “Automatic” is a hardware and iOS/Android software solution that connects to your smart phone to your car in a really ingenious way. Once connected, it gives you quite a bit of functionality! The complete list can be found here (just scroll down).
The top ones for me though are easily:
The way it connects to your car. It “…plugs into the same port your mechanic uses when you take your car in for service.” and it’s use of the low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 connection to conserve your phone’s battery life is really well thought out.
The geolocation of your car is always recorded in real-time. So no need to take a picture of the spot you parked in. The location can also be shared.
Accident/crash support. Contacting 911 with your location all the while texting loved ones once help has responded and is on the way, is pretty great.
Real-time reporting on engine lights (listing their cause) AND the ability to reset them. To me, this alone is totally worth the price of the service/hardware! $69.95 (!?!)
Check out the video below! It covers everything above and more.
As you can probably tell, I am smitten with this. Just a very, very interesting idea for a service. And it’s the implementation of it, that makes it so intriguing to me.
Now here is a pretty interesting alternative to my writing setup. I’m definitely curious to see the implementation of it and how it works with the iPhone (or Android device). Does the touchpad create some kind of custom mouse pointer on the screen (that’d be kind of cool!)? Or do you still have to touch the iPhone screen in the dock to navigate, rendering the built in touch pad completely useless (that would be kind of lame.)?
Saw this making the rounds today. Pretty interesting tech going on here! In a bunch of ways this is where I am hoping personal computing is going: less tactile and more fluid.
I like the idea of computer use being more an extension of natural human movement rather than all of us hunched in front of screens moving our hands repetitively until they ache and degrade.
Anyone out there know if this project is legit or not? They are taking preorders but, to be honest, the price ($75 with shipping) seems to good to be true. Also, I’m always suspect of video demos that could easily be doctored into a “proof of concept” rather than and actual demo of the hardware in use. That and their “Developers” tab is a dead link. Not a good sign.
Anyways, here’s the video. Hit me up on Twitter if you know anything about it! Might just have to order one! :D
UPDATE: This definitely is legit. CNN ran a bit on it and it’s been featured on just about every reputable Mac site on the planet (and then some). Pretty amazing stuff! Again, as I said above, the content of that video and the price point alone make me want to grab the ole plastic and hit up that preorder page they’ve got! Add in what appears to be a good amount of developer interest and it’s total win-win for us Mac owners!