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  • Oxgen Audio O'Car

    I have been waiting for this one for while now. It's supposed to be release early next year.



    Here is a wired article:
    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/...#disqus_thread

    And a youtube video of it in action:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBN58evd6-Q&NR=1

    Company's website:
    http://www.oxygenaudio.com/o-series/363-o-car.html
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  • #2
    i don't know about the part of the wired article that expects this unit to be cheap--i kind of doubt that programming the radio to talk to the iphone is cheap..

    i personally just don't like the idea of a device that fully relies on another companies mass produced product the doesn't really have standards-- what happens when you break the model of iphone that fits, and the next available model is too wide/tall/thick to fit into it..
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    • #3
      Cool = Yes
      Practical / logical = No
      Long term reliable = ??? I doubt it, it's hard to find a regular head unit that doesn't have connection problems with the removable face plate after it has been removed/ installed a few times. I wonder what supports the phone while bouncing over pot holes, the electrical connection? I don't know.
      It will look good in the SEMA & CES booth though!
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      • #4
        Hmm...I dunno, that looks pretty cool. It's basically a dock with an amplifier inside. And it looks like the way they built the clamping system that you can fit slightly different iPods/iPhones into it or maybe you just buy a different clamp if you change up.

        The main issue I see is the interface. Their app might have big buttons, but in the video, they didn't look that large. Also, having used an iPhone in the car for about a year, I can tell you that while the interface *looks* intuitive, in a car it is a completely different story.

        Props to them for a nice design.
        Originally posted by ghettocruzer
        I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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        • #5
          Wow, you guys are harsh! I do agree that there is no way to future proofing any device made to use with an Apple product seeing as though Apple nickel and dime you for everything. If the price is reasonable, I would definitely buy the OCar though.
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          • #6
            How would that work in states with handsfree laws? Or countries with moving images (aka video) laws?
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            • #7
              The only innovative concept in that product is the docking system for the phone. It's a nice and clean intergration with no hanging wires or suction mounts etc. Otherwise why not just get a regular cheapie deck and buy an iPod/iPhone dock? Just can't see any value in using your phone as a headunit control (besides the cool factor which will wear off quickly). You are basically locking yourself into that device.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by blackflux View Post
                Wow, you guys are harsh! I do agree that there is no way to future proofing any device made to use with an Apple product seeing as though Apple nickel and dime you for everything. If the price is reasonable, I would definitely buy the OCar though.
                it depends on your perspective-- i got into carpc-ing because i was sick and tired of the head unit market--i was at the point that i was willing to drop almost $3,000 on a headunit, and sound processor combo that didn't play dvd's, didn't have a hard drive to store any songs, and had crummy interfaces, many times lacking easy access to audio adjustments(alpine units need to be turned off so you can adjust the center freq for the eq) now i have spent around $2,000 on a carpc, but i have the capability to do anything i want-- and the limit of song capacity is only limited by the amount of hdd space i have..

                this forum is also full of people that aren't happy with most head units-- hence the reason they are here developing their own custom solutions..

                just something to keep in mind
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                • #9
                  @soundman98, Well said, but looks like more and more people are moving towards the iPad type install. And from what I've seen, in a lot of cases they go head unit-less. Wouldn't it be great to have a head unit that has FM/AM radio built in that's basically a dock for your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Galaxy Tab and or your Android phone?
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                  • #10
                    [pulls out popcorn and sits down to watch the show]
                    Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by blackflux View Post
                      @soundman98, Well said, but looks like more and more people are moving towards the iPad type install. And from what I've seen, in a lot of cases they go head unit-less. Wouldn't it be great to have a head unit that has FM/AM radio built in that's basically a dock for your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Galaxy Tab and or your Android phone?
                      um...no actually not at all. Yes show cars have seen the iPad installs as the new trendy thing to do (cause anything with an apple logo is instantly cool apparently)....but people who want useful systems not so much. Few if any installs use an ipod touch, iphone or anything else with such a small screen because its absolutely useless when moving. iPads are at least usable but i think a good portion of users end up ripping them out after a few weeks when they realize how limited they are.
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                      • #12
                        To each is own... and you're not speaking for everyone, right?!?!

                        In case anyone else who is interested in using a iPhone as their car computer, I have a Eclipse AVN2210P (double din) installed in my car right now, I can play videos while I'm dring and I don't have any issues with the small touch screen. My iPhone screen is bigger then sceen that's on the AVN2210p. So the hands free laws and UI issues shouldn't be that big of a deal as people are making it out to be.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by justchat_1 View Post
                          iPads are at least usable but i think a good portion of users end up ripping them out after a few weeks when they realize how limited they are.
                          Count me in the minority. I love my iPad install. It works better, requires almost no configuration and is brighter and more responsive than any car PC install I've ever had. I love it.
                          Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                          I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
                          Want to:
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by justchat_1 View Post
                            um...no actually not at all. Yes show cars have seen the iPad installs as the new trendy thing to do (cause anything with an apple logo is instantly cool apparently)....but people who want useful systems not so much. Few if any installs use an ipod touch, iphone or anything else with such a small screen because its absolutely useless when moving. iPads are at least usable but i think a good portion of users end up ripping them out after a few weeks when they realize how limited they are.

                            i disagree with this..(i don't own a ipad--they cost too much for as little as i would use it)

                            i think that apple does a great job with their screens-- the ipad, and iphone both have transflective, and capacitive touch-- the only real downfall in-car is the mirror-like capacitive display..

                            i think that the ipad, with it's larger screen, and the options for larger icons on the springboard allows for it to be easier to use in car-- the only problem is the default song browser having smaller buttons to switch songs. though ripplinghurst has posted some threads on apps that get around the small icons for easier use in-car..

                            there is the developer that was going to be making a fe for ipad/iphone, but the recent lack of posting updates and screenshots is unpromising..


                            blackflux: i can understand that some people want am/fm, but even if i move to a ipod/pad/phone install, i am pretty happy without a headunit.. for me, it just added more complexity-- when i had a hu-with am/fm, cd, and i really just ended up listening to my ipod anyways...

                            though i just wonder if the o-audio solution is too much integration-- if you forget your iphone, now you can't even listen to am/fm on that unit, but if you use a current headunit, you still have some functionality without your iphone.. albeit less functionality, and possibly worse phone integration, but it you can still listen to the radio without your iphone..

                            PS: i had to do some work in Rensselaer, Indiana a couple of days ago, so i have plenty of Orville Redenbacher popcorn on hand
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                            • #15
                              @Bugbyte, how often do you leave your iPad in your car? The reason why I ask is because Apple say you shouldn't leave their products in the car. I think it has something to do with the battery.

                              @soundman98, yeah you're right if their smart they would allow you to use the O'Car head unit without a iPhone/iPod. You can take out the Tom Tom nav unit on my AVN2210P, but still use the AM/FM radio. I think the only thing you can't do is use a USB drive and the iPod features.
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