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IPOD track display

Its dangerous to look at the screen when driving you know
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I'm an ipod owner and I absolutely love it.

I mostly use mine in the car, as I drive between Bristol and London daily. With 4000 tracks on it, I often don't recognise the track I'm listening too (despite my owning the original ... go away lawyers!)

But here's the rub. I have to look at the screen to id the track which is dangerous when driving.

FM units attached to the ipod to transmit via the radio are not new, but I propose a device that transmits the FM signal along with an RDS. This could then display the track and artist on my radio screen in a scrolling message.

jonthegeologist, Sep 18 2003

What is RDS http://www.sircom.de/control/rds.html
[jonthegeologist, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

(??) What is an ipod? http://store.apple.....21.1.3.1.0.0.0.1.0
[jonthegeologist, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

KaraokeiPod http://www.halfbake...om/idea/KaraokeiPod
karaoke on you iPod [neilp, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

FM Broadcasting unit for ipod http://www.devdepot...d_detail.pl?HGTTRIP
[jonthegeologist, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

RDS Transmitter Kits http://www.broadcas...rs/R.D.S.-Kit?pid=6
Pricey, but a way to get your own data into the RDS stream. [koz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


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       now... if RodsTiger says "what about lyrics"....
neilp, Sep 18 2003
  

       Elaborate sir [rods]...or at least give us a link to your wise idea poaching...
silverstormer, Sep 18 2003
  

       lyrics idea was posted by neilp. however, the issue here is that lyrics are not stored as part of standard track info by the ipod. My idea could broadcast the standard track info stuff without any modification.
jonthegeologist, Sep 18 2003
  

       I totally "hear" you jon..   

       I would say take it a step further and have it somehow display right on the bottom of the windshield.. why not? They're about to (or have already) launched the idea on some cadillac models for night vision (avoiding deer and the like)...
mahatma, Sep 18 2003
  

       Well, that's a lot easier to do at night than during the day...
jutta, Jul 29 2005
  

       Kensington makes one already.
grantb4, Jul 18 2006
  

       give us a link [grantb4]
neilp, Jul 19 2006
  


 

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