Intel and Bluetooth solution provider Parrot are teaming up to create automobile entertainment solutions. They are working on a Bluetooth Gateway targted for a release in the middle of 2007. Apparently the gateway will be hidden in the dash, and use voice recognition and speech-to-text technology. This makes sense on a lot of levels. One thing I’ve discovered while using my UMPC in the automobile is that the headset is the key. As nice and small as those touch screens are, until they have outdoor viewabilty and applications that are designed (a la The Origami Experience and even some of the controls there could be larger) for touch, the UMPC can be just another distraction for a driver. Now for the kids in the back seat, that’s another story.
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