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 |  Feb 20 2012, 7:00 PM

A new Kickstarter project looks to make your smartphone the center of your car stereo needs in not only a painless and effective manner, but in one that won’t break your bank account.

Compared to any traditional, high quality head unit, the Devium Dash is complete steal right now for just $250. The retail pricing will be around $300 when it’s completely released to the market in July, but what exactly does $250 get you? Well it’s a fully-functional head unit that uses your smartphone to access GPS, send texts by voice, play music, etc. Everything that you’re used to doing on your phone will now seamless integrate to the rest of your car’s stereo system.

The head unit itself will pump out 4×50 watts of power and has two preamps for front and rear subwoofers. In addition, it supports a video pass through so owners can also play video on external monitors. Best of all, the head unit will keep your phone charged while it’s in use. To make everything less distracting while you’re driving, Devium includes an app for your smartphone that will allow you to quickly bookmark your most-used automotive applications onto a quick-access home screen.

That’s not all it can do however. The Devium Dash also has your typical FM tuner and AUX input, but will also allow users to eventually connect to their vehicle’s computer.

The first Dash will be shipping out in June 2012, and will initially only support the Apple iPhone 4 and 4S, but Devium hopes to support additional smartphones in the near future including your collection of Android units out on the market now.

Watch the video here showing how the Devium Dash will operate.

 |  Mar 21 2011, 2:01 PM

Seriously, what can’t you do with an iPhone? We love this phone so much that it needs an accessory for everything – and that includes your driving games. If you really love those racing games, you may want to consider the iPhone 4 Steering Wheel with Speakers.

It can be a little difficult steering your car by tilting your iPhone, and that’s where this handy accessory steps in. Made just for the iPhone 4, this lightweight peripheral gives the gamer high quality audio and a new kind of driving experience. Just connect your iPhone to the steering wheel’s adapter, pop it into the middle of the wheel, and start your engines. The only downside is that the iPhone doesn’t remain horizontal when you turn the steering wheel, so you might get a crick in your neck if you make a sudden turn.

The iPhone 4 Steering Wheel with Speakers sells for $22.20 at Focalprice.com.

[Source: Coolest Gadgets]