DASH: The iPhone Car Stereo (video)
Car stereos specifically designed to hold the iPhone aren’t exactly a new piece of tech. In fact, we’ve seen a few iteration over the years. However, one major drawback to them has been that they’re designed to work with the iPhone and generally speaking the current generation iPhone only. So what’s an Android user to do or anyone waiting for the next greatest device from Apple? Say hello to the DASH from Devium.
Unlike other smartphone compatible head units, which consist of one faceplate and the body of the system, the DASH can be used with a variety of faceplates that are hot swappable and can accomodate a variety of popular phones. However, for their Kickstarter project, and the sake of simplicity, they’re only building an iPhone/iPod compatible version, at least for now. So, if you invest in the DASH today and 1 year from now Apple releases a new iPhone, with an entirely new form factor, Devium will develop a faceplate to accomodate the new shape and size.
Now, in terms of the Body, it will boast 50×4 watts of power and 2 preamps running at 2V for a front and rear subwoofer. It measures 4-inches by 7-inches, which is apparently the standard double DIN size, allowing it to fit in a large number of vehicles. A set of magnets will hold the iPhone in place and they’ve even allowed enough space for those of you that use a bumper case. They say that none of this, not even the aluminum body will interfere with the GPS single, though it might be worth noting that the back of the faceplates will be made from plastic, which hopefully means they they’ll be on the cheaper side of things. For inquiring minds that want to know, the 200 watt amp is built and made from Maxim, a company out of Sunnyvale, CA.
So how much do you need to spend to your get your own DASH? $250. They’re looking to raise $45,000 and they’ve got 57 days to go. Something tells us they’ll accomplish this goal and much more.