December 12, 2012
Dash, by Devium, is a new concept for an all-purpose infotainment system that pairs with a smartphone and smartphone-driven apps to heighten the driving experience. Founder Paul Lizer decided to develop Dash to integrate an iPhone, Android, or Windows smartphone into any car dashboard. “It is time to rescue your phone from the cupholder,” Lizer says.
Dash consists of two parts, the Dash Head Unit and the Dash Faceplate. The Head Unit is the piece that physically replaces the current stereo on the dashboard. The Faceplate is what connects the smartphone to the Head Unit. The audio system integrated into the Head Unit is nothing less than state of the art. People generally tend to upgrade their cell phones faster than they upgrade their cars, but Dash can handle a smartphone upgrade – say from a Windows device to an iPhone – with no changes at all.
When docked with Dash, the smartphone becomes totally hands free. For example, phone calls can be made in landscape view and the audio will be played over the car speakers thanks to integrated Bluetooth. With speech-to-text programs, text messaging is possible as well. “We want to replace the layer of redundant car stereo technology with the superior touchscreen, voice actions, and media access consumers already pay for,” says Lizer. On top of all this, Dash also charges the smartphone’s battery.
The display on the smartphone contains the most frequently used apps alongside information on the simple things: weather, driving directions, audio music playing, and phone settings. Fear not, fans of local AM/FM radio: stations function as well as they ever have with the added benefit of streaming Internet radio, like Pandora or Spotify.
In addition to all the features of Dash, the team behind the product continually strives to fulfill their mission of creating a safe driving experience by making many operations on the phone hands free. And if there was any shadow of a doubt about Dash, it has already received $72,000 in funding from Kickstarter.
Devium was a showcased startup at our Tech Cocktail Denver mixer.
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