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Devium Dash – Turns Your iPhone Into an In Dash Stereo

on April 21, 2012 11:00 am

The Devium Dash is an interesting concept in car stereos. It’s a two component system that consists of a faceplate and a body. The body (shown above in Black) is installed in your dash in the spot where your current car stereo resides. It interfaces with your vehicle’s speakers. The faceplate connects to the body with magnets. It’s designed to hold (and charge) an iPhone 4/4S. Once installed, you can use your favorite music apps, calls, GPS, etc through your car’s speakers and you won’t be required to learn a brand new interface.

It’s a cool idea, but I am skeptical about the longevity of the product. Devium claims “No matter how frequently you update phones, Dash will be there ready to support you. Our innovative interchangeable faceplate design allows you to keep your phone at the center of your car.” That remains to be seen. I don’t believe that they will create a faceplate for every phone that comes on the market. Their iPhone 4/4S version is available for pre-order at $289. I have been looking for a replacement for my Mazda’s stereo, but I don’t think this one will be it.

[Via Gear Journal]

Comments

  1. 1
    DStaal says:

    Create a faceplate for every phone on the market? No, probably not.

    Create a faceplate for every new version of the iPhone and the top 1-2 Android phones? Probably…

  2. 2
    Jackie Cheng says:

    Saw their video on the kickstarter site. The one with him using it in the car looks dangerous because of how low the Dash is placed. He actually have to take his eyes totally off the road and look down to operate the Dash.

  3. 3
    Marcy says:

    The missing feature is voice control. If there was a button for Siri (or similar) then simple functions like changing stations would be effective and safe. This technology is already available in some luxury cars and works! Marcy.

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    Soren says:

    Interesting concept. However, since the only interface is the iPhone (or whichever phone you are using) why use the faceplate? There are numerous windscreen etc holders on the market and the only interface needed is bluetooth for audio. Ok, you may want to charge your phone once in a while but thats doable. Really you could hide the whole thing away and just use your phones interface and avoid the need for the clumsy front panels.

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    Julie says:

    @Soren I would rather not use my phone as my stereo. I find that interacting with a capacitive display while I’m trying to pay attention to driving is a real pain. I’d rather have a nice stereo with dedicated buttons and knobs.

  6. 6
    Soren says:

    @Julie – what if you could control it using speech – like Siri?

  7. 7
    Julie says:

    That would be a good alternative… but I’ve not been overly impressed with Siri. It seems like every other time I try to use it, it is either laggy to respond, or doesn’t at all.

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    Janet Cloninger says:

    Also, using Siri to control your music would chip away at your data allotment every time you changed songs or volume.

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    Soren says:

    Really the concept is what i think is interesting. Siri may have some shortcomings (unfortunately i do not have it myself) but it only becomes better. I have a car radio with touch screen where the touch screen is broken and as such I can only change volume and play one radio station. And use the bluetooth. So I in effect use my iPhone as signal and control device and am pleased (even though it can be hard to hit a button or type if you’re on a rocky road)

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    ThomS says:

    Good first step, but I like to use AM/FM local radio too (Traffic Info Updates, news, etc).

    As mentioned above, the ‘App Switcher’ button is covered, blocking Siri and app-switching (e.g., between GPS, Stitcher and iTunes)

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