Rydeen Shows Android-Powered Car Radio at CES

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Las Vegas – In an era when automotive aftermarket companies are working to
integrate portable media players and phones to factory and aftermarket car
audio systems, Rydeen Mobile Electronics is taking a different tack at the 2012
Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas, Nev. The renowned provider
of vehicle safety and convenience solutions is showing a beta version of the
upcoming DV621, a double-DIN head unit that uses a native Android® user
interface. Visitors to CES can see the DV621 at booth #6421 in the Driver
Safety / Location-Based Services (LBS) Tech Zone in the North Hall of the Las
Vegas Convention Center, Jan. 10-13.

 

“We
have looked at many head units that try to mimic the ‘touch and swipe’ user
experience of today’s smartphones and tablets, only to fall short due to poor
processing power and other drawbacks,” said Marcos Duran, product director at
Rydeen. “Still others have endeavored to recreate the icon-based interface
using a connection to the smartphone. We’ve decided to remove these natural
roadblocks and give users the exact experience, by turning the head unit into
an Android device.”

 

The
Rydeen DV621 Android-powered Multimedia Receiver features hardware buttons, a
main control knob and a 6.2-inch WVGA TFT color touch screen at 800×480 pixels
that displays a customized version of the Android interface. The UI is designed
to be ergonomically applicable to the vehicle environment with large icons that
are well-spaced, minimizing driver distraction. TheDV621 is powered by an ARM
Cortex A8 1GHz processor overlaid with Android OS 2.2. The head unit includes an
add-on GPS antenna to deliver Rydeen’s visual map navigation software, or the
user can select to use Google Navigation via the app selection. Internet /
email access is achieved using a customer supplied dongle, which connects via a
rear USB port.

 

Like
a traditional multimedia head unit, the DV621 includes a built-in, 4-channel
amplifier that delivers up to 45 watts per channel. Two sets of low-level RCA
audio connectors plus a dedicated subwoofer output allow the addition of
aftermarket amplifiers. An additional audio/video output enables connection of
additional video monitors for the rear seat, and dual-zone functionality allows
rear-seat passengers to watch different content. The disc slot enables playback
of MP3, WMA, JPEG, H.264 and MPEG4 on CD and DVD, and inputs for SD cards, USB
drives and auxiliary audio/video are accessible from the front panel. The PLL
AM/FM tuner is complemented by 18 FM and 12 AM station presets.

 

Built-in
Bluetooth with the A2DP protocol allows the DV621 to function as a handsfree
system as well as deliver streaming music from a connected portable device
through the audio system. The mic is built into the front panel of the unit,
though a separate mic connection is also available.

 

“It’s not just about making a pretty
interface, it’s also about leveraging the customer’s trained interaction,”
continued Duran. “Android-powered smartphones are the hottest sellers, and more
people in the U.S. own Android-powered handsets than any other operating system.
This means they are used to finding their favorite apps, moving them into the
ideal places for easy access, and creating a personalized experience. We tried
to keep that same interaction sequence as much as possible without adding the
potential for distraction. As a result, there is a faster mastery of the system
and higher satisfaction with the head unit because the user does not have to
learn yet another interface.”

 

Visit
Rydeen during CES at booth #6421 in the North Hall of the convention center.
For more information on Rydeen, call (877) 777-8811 or (310) 787-7880, or email
Jim Newell at [email protected].

 

About Rydeen

Rydeen North
America, Inc., melds the best of today’s technology into smart, practical
devices that are easy to use, and makes them available to consumers at an
affordable price. Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with a local staff that
lives and breathes consumer electronics, we create unique products focused on
driver safety, convenience and lifestyle enhancement. For more information,
visit our Website at
www.rydeenmobile.com

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