« Zero tension mouse | Main | Snazzy Sun Bricks will make you the talk of the block! »

07. 31. 2006

The iLane reads your email


As a long time owner of a Treo I will attest that trying to read and reply to email while driving could get you killed. The iLane is a glove box device that uses Bluetooth to interface with a smartphone to provide a voice command interface to dictate and manage incoming information. The goal is to keep email, text messages, calendar events, and phone calls from distracting the driver, but to still allow for taking care of business. The iLane may not be a perfect method to keep all eyes on the road, but it does qualify as the next best option.

When incoming messages make it through an elaborate filtering system, an excerpt is read to the driver through a text-to-speech module. The driver can listen to the rest of the message or formulate a reply with voice command. Seven supported languages make this the perfect piece of gear for large corporations to include in entire fleets of vehicles.

The only requirement for interfacing with the iLane is Bluetooth and a compatible handheld. Newer Blackberry devices, Palm, Windows Mobile, and Symbian smartphones are all on the approved list. For now the box is an aftermarket add-on, but the company is currently in talks with several device manufacturers and auto producers to implant the technology directly into cellphones and dashboards.

Shouts to my crew over at MTT.

Posted by Johnny    Category: cars | devices
Email this | Comments (1)
Add to: Yahoo Add to: Google Add to: Digg Add to: Del.icio.us Add to: Reddit Add to: StumbleUpon Add to: Technorati

Comments (1)


I know at least one crackberry addict who'd love this...

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

Back to Top



Best of Popgadget

We're back!! And where we've been...

Hello! It's been a while, and I'm so happy to say, we are going to be back and better than ever. We will be changing just a little bit- bringing you more frequently updated content, in a somewhat abbreviated...
Read More
Popgadget Recent Comments
Popgadget Steals & Deals
Mom Wants Gadgets for Mother's Day
Trade-in Your Old Electronics
Popgadget Giveaway from American Express! My Life on Points
6-Foot HDMI cable at $3.19 includes shipping
Sony offers some exciting deals for Mother's Day
Unlocked iPhone! Only $599. Or $699.
Got four friends? Take a Peek at this great offer
Green Tech: Eco-fashions priced to move
31 ways to save money on technology from PCWorld
Popgadget Random Images

Where is this image from?
See more random images
On This Day
Take a little stroll down memory lane. See what Popgadget was writing about on this day in 2012 2009 2008 2007 2006 2004