GM and FORD demonstrated their latest versions of in-car infotainment systems, as did KENWOOD, which offers drivers the option of replacing their factory systems with full function in-dash units, complete with built-in Garmin navigation and very well integrated smartphone compatibility.
AUDI and LEXUS featured prototype self-driving cars, but while Audi’s was actually demonstrated to a lucky few members of the national Press in attendance, over at Lexus they told us about and showed us theirs in a Press conference. Autonomous cars will not be available for several years but you’ll already find some of their innovative technology in cars that are on the road today. VOXX showed their Audiovox “car connection” device, which plugs into the OBD port of your vehicle and enables you to get diagnostic and maintenance reports, track your vehicle, save fuel by learning how to drive more efficiently and more. OTTER BOX and BALLISTIC showcased model-specific, protective cases for phones and tablets. ECOVACS demonstrated an amazing window cleaning robot that uses powerful suction while it systematically moves around and cleans windows, inside and out. At their Press conference, MONSTER used a choreographed break-dancing routine performed by the incredible “Monster Kids,” also known as “Chi-Town’s Finest Breakers,” to dramatically draw attention to MONSTER’s new lines of headphones. Speaking of headphones, relative newcomer BOOM attracted our attention with the awesome nighttime view from high atop The Palms Place, in order to show us their line of rugged yet stylish headphones and speakers, designed for use with extreme sports. The new Bluetooth AFTERSHOKZ open-ear headphones enable people to hear audio and their surroundings at the same time, wirelessly. DISH NETWORK’s Hopper now has Sling for access to video almost anywhere. There were various chargers and portable battery systems for iPhones, including slim UNU DX protective battery cases and VENTEV universal chargers with flat, tangle-free cables. For photography, BLACKRAPID presented their newest versions of one- and two-camera strap systems, which I use and highly recommend. They enable photographers to shift some of the load from around their neck to their shoulders. DEXIM makes a Bluetooth remote camera control and stand for iPhones. HUFA demonstrated their clip-on lens cap holders and pre-moistened lens wipes, while LENSPEN exhibited easy-to-use, carbon cleaning compound lens pens and even larger screen cleaners for smartphones and tablets. As always, I would like to hear from you with your comments and suggestions. Please write to AutoMatters@gmail.com . Copyright © 2013 Jan R. Wagner – #264 AutoMatters