VIZR: Use Your Smartphone as Display While Driving

Never text while driving – but what’s to stop you from turning your smartphone into the ultimate cool gadget as a display while driving? VIZR turns what could be a dangerous object in the driver’s hands to something which could make navigating easier and the ride safer. VIZR turns your smartphone into a Heads-On Display and works on all vehicles. By using your smartphone as the ultimate hands-free display, you can navigate with GPS technology, check maps, keep updated on traffic, check your driving statistics (including speed) and be alerted on your ETA without ever taking your eyes off the road.

VIZR installs easily with no need for wires and complicated installation. Unboxing to installing on your dashboard and driving sans distractions, takes just about a minute! There is no steep learning curve but you need to be familiar with the apps you install. The universal design adapts to all types of cars and sizes and is extremely easy to use. Using smart technology, VIZR allows you to use your phone features hands-free. Even those with in-car navigation systems eventually find these older systems obsolete and “unsafe” compared to the VIZR-smartphone tandem.

The VIZR retails at $39.99 – a cheap price to pay to see absolutely better at night. The display is more like a cockpit and you can see curbs, sharp turns and even changes in elevation graphically. It is pretty amazing form what you can see in this video from FIXD:

The VIZR turns your smartphone into a transparent screen with all the necessary information to identify routes and traffic conditions to make the trip faster, safer, and more fun. Other apps like ones diagnosing your car’s condition and maps can also be pulled up without breaking your concentration.

The caveat is that though it’s been said to attach well to your vehicle regardless of shape or size, there are reports that it slips. So before taking a long trip, it is best to test-drive and check if the apps you’ve installed are working properly and that the VIZR’s grip is secure. Check the phone’s memory too since you may have many apps running simultaneously. It’s made of plastic and being dashboard mounted may reduce a bit of visibility but overall, it does what it’s supposed to do. For those who struggle with visibility and navigation, it is the perfect affordable budget gadget. But for those who are familiar with routes like the back of their hand, this is one gadget you can live without.

iVIC: use your Android phone for car entertainment!

If you already have an Android smartphone and need to find a way to enjoy your music and movie files while you are on road, then iVIC is what you need.

iVIC stands for in Vehicle Infotainment Center, it is compatible with Android smartphones and it fits almost all Toyota and Lexus vehicles between 2006 and 2012.

iVIC allows you to access any app from your Android phone, to listen to your music collection, to use Google Maps while you are on road and to browse the Web, too. It also extends the functionality of your smartphone to the navigation screen, since it allows you to send texts from the Nav screen, but also to receive calls, with full access to your contact list.

What’s more, iVIC has great sound and HD video, making it your perfect companion on every road trip.

Here are the main features:

-HDMI input (Android OR Universal)
-Digital Video output to Navigation Screen (EDTV/HDTV 480p)
-Component Analog Audio/Video input (optional)
-Composite Analog Audio/Video input (optional)
-Camera Port [Analog Video input + Power] (optional)
-Customizable Menu
-USB input
-MP3, WAV, FLAC files playback from mass storage devices
-High-End Audio with Extremely Low level of Total Harmonic Distortion
-High-speed USB 2.0 Host interface
-Digital Audio processing
-Digital Video processing

If you are interested in buying it, you can check the website of VAIS Technology.

Google vs Apple: Fate of two worlds

Apple and Google have been best buddies in the past. They shared CEOs and shared ideas throughout the development and growth of Apple. Now, they are more like bitter enemies in the smartphone wars. Each had a different approach, but continues to monitor each other for ways to topple each other’s works.

Despite the growing disdain for each other, Apple has yet to fully remove the trace of Google in their popular iOS devices, such as the iPhone. One can argue that one does not simply remove Google from the picture.

Google is the host to a large portion of the world’s internet needs. They provide news, a rocking search engine, powerful mapping software, an ever useful online document application that has now evolved to Google Drive – a cloud storage solution, an integrated calendar, and a host of other services, such as YouTube, and the new social media service, Google+. The fact is people rely on Google for just about anything internet-related, as well as non internet related needs.

Apple needed Google to provide these services to their phones and tablets so that users may connect to the internet as conveniently as they would on a computer. When Apple acquired C3 Technologies last year, everyone had one thought in mind. They were about to wipe Google Maps from the equation in the next releases of iOS. This has now come to fruition as Apple announced that they are going to present new mapping software by June 11 this year that will solidify their battle against Google by controlling their own mapping software, according to the reports from Wall Street Journal.

Google and Apple will now begin a battle of how they view and represent the world to their customers worldwide. Google was ahead of the curve for a very long time regarding mapping. In fact, the Google Maps integration in Android was one of the greatest selling points of the software. I have often relied on Google Maps to help me get to where I wanted to be. It provided great turn by turn navigation and map accuracy that they have developed and refined for many years with its growing database, including the addition of street view images. Google Maps, in many ways, have a clear advantage in this race. Apple really needs to make sure their mapping software is well up to speed once they release it.

The thing is, Apple may just have a few things under their sleeves that may just oust Google maps from Apple’s loyal fans’ minds. C3 Technologies developed a mapping software that is no pushover. It was labeled as “mind-blowing” as they have developed a 3D mapping experience that is sure to wow anyone. This is what everyone believes to be what Apple will put on the table by June 11. If the Apple map proves to be accurate and as useful as Google maps, plus the amazing 3D mapping tech from C3, Apple may just succeed in providing a worthy mobile competitor to Google’s mapping software.

C3’s 3D rendition of a Las Vegas strip

That is to say, if Google will just sit by and do nothing against this new threat. Google has always been on the lookout for Apple’s moves against them. They plan to play mind games against the tech giant by announcing their own improvements to their own mapping software just days before Apple presents theirs. Many speculate that Google will present their own 3D mapping solution in response to this new threat.

Will Google overshadow Apple’s announcement and maintain supremacy? Or will Apple start it all over again and take one more leap over the competition?

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