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Thread: Iphone in car navigation - The Death of your PND

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    I'm surprised there haven't been more comments on this thread since the announcement of the iPhone 3GS.
    Think of the implications arising from all of the improvements.

    iPhone 3GS hardware upgrade: more than incremental?
    Voice control - touch a button and do anything, perfect for a car environment where your eyes need to be on the road... now just need someone to design a remote home button that I can mount on the center console or shift knob
    Digital compass - nifty feature that enhances GPS
    Video capture - record/display video taken from front of car (iPhone would be in a windshield-mounted dock)

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    Deceptikon - I know. The Voice Control alone is a big deal. Seems to only work for phone and iPod parts though? Course - anything's hackable right?

    "A remote Home button" brilliant!

    What I don't understand is why "Voice Control" is only available on the 3G S. Why not in 3.0 software? A hardware only thing? Why? What hardware-specific spec would enable it on 3gS and not the 3g? Because there's more processor/ram to handle it? Could that be it? It can be used via the earphones or speaker.

    ???

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    Apple is going to allow 3rd party developers to incorporate voice control in their apps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meagain View Post
    What I don't understand is why "Voice Control" is only available on the 3G S. Why not in 3.0 software? Because there's more processor/ram to handle it??
    Voice recognition is very CPU intensive. Image from anandtech article above. The 3gs looks like it is "twice as fast" as the 3g

    Quote Originally Posted by anandtech
    The combination of higher clock speeds, more cache and a dual-issue front end results in a much faster processor. Apple claims the real world performance of the iPhone 3GS can be up to 2x faster than the iPhone 3G, and I believe that’s quite feasible.
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    The voice recognition is very interesting to me, I am currently working on voice recognition for mac os X (making a software that can do specific things, such as tell you the weather, check your facebook notification, RSS feeds, a timer, and music), I will post my progress later on in the mac part, but imagine this on the iphone, amazing!

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    Rakes, I hope you give a heads' up here when you post! Anxious to see it.

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    + 1, eager to know what we'll be able to do with this new technology to possibly have a larger external control to use the iphone, thus allowing multiasking and easier navigation, etc

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    TomTom app for iPhone was released. Definitely a nail in the coffin for the PND. Certainly PC magazine thinks so.
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    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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    Just picked up an iPhone 3g today and this device in no way, shape or form could replace my completely integrated pc based truck solution. Anyone can slap an iPhone, iPod or PND on their windshield and have some nice features, but it takes talent to custom build hardware and software to specific needs and pull off a professional install. Perhaps my opinion will change with time as I use the iPhone more, but for it's intended purpose, my truckPC kills the iPhone when driving. When I am stationary, the iPhone rocks, but it's just outright dangerous to operate while driving

    Just my 2 cents, which IS biased since I've managed to stay apple free until today. . .
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    I don't think your opinion will change. You hit the nail on the head. The iPhone (and probably ANY phone) requires you to focus on it while using. VERY different from a car PC install.

    The challenge is to use the strengths of the iPhone (connectivity) and combine it with the strengths of other devices. Right now, I'm focusing on small embedded devices that can be controlled by the iPhone over an in car WiFi network.

    That allows you to code up pages you can serve to the iPhone that require less attention than the iPhone's interface. Check out the kill my car PC link in my signature for more details or look at the 'RR replacements' thread for a recent discussion on the topic and my vision for where smart phones fit in the overall car PC landscape.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    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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