(photos: Devium) Dash – The Smart Phone Car Stereo | US$250.00 | www.devium.us
the smartphone of today can do virtually anything (make calls, navigate, surf the Internet, you name it) and as a driver, you probably wish those functionalities are available in your car as well. it is not impossible as long as you have deep pockets to buy one those high end luxury vehicles that come with one of those fancy LCD display with smartphone-like features. then again, not everyone has the capacity to buy those luxury vehicles or for some, a luxury vehicle was never in their shopping list to begin with. the Dash Smart Phone Car Stereo here will make your “in-dash smartphone” dream come true. as its name implies, it is essentially a double DIN car stereo that has a purposed built dock for your iPhone. when docked, your car stereo inherits the features and functions of your iPhone, including its 3.5-inch multi-touch display. The Dash comprises of two parts: the double DIN stereo unit, and a detachable faceplate crafted from aluminum and held in place by strong neodymium magnets. aesthetically, it has sparse fascia with only a physical volume knob for sound level adjustment, while the rest of the functionality is via your iDevice’s touchscreen. the concept is cool but isn’t 3.5-inch display a wee too small for a in-dash display? specs-wise, the stereo features 4 x 50W output for your speakers, two 2V preamps, and a video pass-through. if you believe in The Dash, you can show your support by making a $250 pledge on its Kickstarter’s page to secure yourself one of these.