Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Of iPod, BMW, and Bluetooth

Apple and iPod have announced that selected new Beemers now have a plug in the glove compartment for your iPod (see it here). The iPod connects in the glovebox and then you can play it by using the radio controls in your car. As cool and exciting as this is, and as much as I would like to think that I am going to eventually get an ipod - I know that unless I win the lottery or work for BMW USA, I will probably never own a BMW.

That aside - this is a step in the right direction, but no-where near a good solution. Last October, I saw Microsoft's Peter Rinearson show a demo of microsoft's Knowledge Management Vision. In a video he showed, some guy gets into his car, chucks his PDA on the passenger seat, and the car recognizes it, and proceeds to play his voicemail. That of course is the other extreme, but I think that we can combine the above chocolate and peanut butter into a peanut butter cup of our own - why not create bluetooth enabled stereos in cars that can :

a) Allow you to access and play music on similarly equipped MP3 players using the cars' stereo
b) Playback music on a bluetooth headset (or multiple channels - so I can listen to Howard while my kids listen to the The Wiggles).
c) Synchronize wirelessly with My PC

Steve Jobs wants to dictate the industry, and seems to be doing something like this with his new Airport Express - Steve, are you listening?

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