Not buying this...
...unless it also comes with a Turbo Boost button. Otherwise, what's the point?
The Knight Rider satnav won global acclaim after being spotted earlier this week. But anyone doubting its authenticity can now rest easy, as maker Mio has confirmed it's existence. And a demo video has surfaced. Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from Adobe.com A video posted onto YouTube shows the KITT-inspired …
If anyone is interested there is an IC to generate the sweeping lights thing done on the front of KITT.
The IC is a five stage Johnson counter (HEF4017B) connected to a 555 to generate the clock. I had a go at making the KITT thing on a breadboard (No, not that kind, sheesh!) and it looked rather funky.
I was trying to remember other talking cars, seeing if I could spot a gap in the market.
Speedbuggy, I remember that, but that's about all. And I'm not sure he said that much. Herbie didn't say anything at all. But there was always something very disturbing about Herbie. Cars DO NOT have sex. They CAN NOT reproduce. So perhapss it's good that he did not talk. Imagine the indignity of having people in your vehicle and your sat nav gets the horn over a Micra.
The "SmartST shop demonstration" on the YouTube video is a bit of a giveaway.....I've had different voices on my Navman/iPaq combo (that uses SmartST) for about 5 years....best one's are the "naughty" voices that say:
"in 400 metres, turn left and then take me big boy.....!"
Trouble is, the phrases haven't been put together that well and sound like three or four different women taking it in turns (sic) to speak the directions....
PH, coz I'd love her voice to be on my SatNav...!
an IC? pah... I just bought the kit from Maplins - granted the lights only go one way, but when you miss out the last few led's and put the wires to the middle ones, it goes back and forth ;-)
*sigh* I've just realised how sad I am :-( Still not sad enough to own this though, no matter how good the program was. At the time.
"The device’s integrated randomized greetings and 300 custom names will welcome you to your navigation experience"
Nope, looks like the name is changable.
I wonder if it takes generic maps. I'd definitely like to get one off eBay and load it with local maps.
Now all they need is to include a USB host-capable device connector and I could just rig up an interface to hook it up to my junk of a Proton Gen-2, and let the device control it. Instant autocruise. And for kicks, hook it up to the car alarm as well and program it to make the alarm go off if someone decides to let his/her pooch take a piss on my car tires (@#!$#@ neighbour kids, trying to be funny/clever).
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