The replacement car seat headrest features an integrated full-color, 7-inch capacitive touch screen that allows rear-seat passengers to interact with the Android 2.3 operating system. When asked why Gingerbread was used rather than the newer and tablet-optimized Honeycomb (or Ice Cream Sandwich) versions of the Android OS, Vizualogic stated that the the unit would be updated to version 3.1 or better by the time it reaches production. However, … Read more
Some say that rear-seat entertainment (RSE) systems will go the way of the dodo with the proliferation of cheap tablets. Audiovox, supplier of aftermarket and OEM car electronics, appears to be hedging its bets in the belief that tablets and RSE will somehow merge, with the announcement that it will be shipping an Android-based RSE to Bentley.
We got our first look at what Audiovox's Android-based RSE might look like at CES 2011. The model we saw lacked polish, basically stretching Google's Android 2.1 interface onto a 7-inch touch screen. Time will tell whether the OEM units … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Audiovox knows that rear-seat DVD player sales are slumping, and its previous endeavors with the FLO TV digital video service ended in failure, so the electronics manufacturer is looking to reinvent headrest-based mobile entertainment in a very interesting way. It's debuting a prototype Android-powered rear-seat entertainment system.
The system combines a rear-seat DVD player and an Android tablet into one mobile hub. Users can connect the system to the Internet to stream YouTube videos, update their Facebook pages, and access other online content from the backseat. The prototype features a full Android 2.1 Eclair experience--there's even … Read more
Adding rear-seat entertainment to a car used to involve cutting up your headliner or gutting the headrests to make room for an LCD display or two, but not anymore. The Vizualogic Road Trip Universal Dual Headrest DVD System is a kit that ships with a pair of touch-screen LCD monitors preinstalled in a set of replacement adjustable headrests. The system is self-contained and includes a DVD player hidden behind one of the monitors and an SD card slot for digital media playback.
Simply pop your headrests off, pop the new ones in, make your connections for power, and you're … Read more
Rear seat entertainment is a pretty cool feature in a vehicle. It adds a little bling to your ride keeping the children quiet in the back seat during longer drives. The problem with installing a rear seat entertainment system is that, typically, you have to either hang a monitor in a bag from the seatback with unsightly straps, which still flops around during spirited driving, or have big rectangular holes cut in your headrests--or worse, your headliner--to accommodate the screens.
The Advent Quick Connect aims to bridge that gap with simple installation, requiring no permanent alterations to the vehicle's … Read more
Chrysler will be the first car company to offer "Backseat TV" from Sirius. At first glance that reads like a typo--TV from a radio company? But bits is bits and this proves it.
The service gets its name from its target audience: antsy kids in the back seat. They'll have three channels of live, family-oriented stuff to watch from Nick, Disney, and Cartoon Network.
Subscribers will find two small antennas on the roof of their new Chrysler, a receiver box installed inside, and the video showing up screens in the back seat area. Backseat TV and Sirius … Read more