Toy shop:Published July 7, 2013
By Zeid Nasser, Evergeek Media
Okay, so you’ve picked a car that personifies you, your taste, your individuality, your uniqueness. Problem is, so have a 50,000 other people. So what do you do? You add gadgets. Here are some of coolest ones on the market right now. Pick one (or five) that you like and have fun!
The Griffin iTrip with Aha
This handy FM transmitter connects to your iPhone and lets you listen to your social media feeds, podcasts, audiobooks and other content on your phone. In addition, you can tune in to the “hungry” station or the “coffee” station and get directions to nearby locations.
Delphi Vehicle Diagnostics
If you’re mechanically inclined, you’ll love this gadget. Simply plug this device into the ODB port on your car, connect it to the mobile app and enjoy access to a huge amount of information that will help you to understand what’s going on under the hood of your car. In addition to learning more about your vehicle, you can also control certain functions – for example, you can lock and unlock your car, pop the trunk and even set up a tracking system that will alert you if the car travels outside of a specific area.
A MiFi transmitter may not seem like a typical car gadget, but once you invest in one you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. MiFi is wireless and can be used to provide several devices at once with an Internet connection. If you’re going on a long road trip, take a MiFi along for the ride. Turn off the data connection on your phone and tablet PC, preserving the battery without giving up the ability to stream your music via Spotify, or get constant Facebook updates while you’re on the road.
Cobra iRadar Atom
Another device with iPhone integration, the Cobra iRadarAtom is a discrete radar detector. This version is 35 per cent smaller than the older model and it has some nifty features built-in. Not only will it alert you when there are speed traps in the vicinity, but you can also can use the app to share the location of a speed trap with other Cobra iRadar users. Of course, it’s never a good idea to speed, but it is handy to have an idea of where radar traps are located.
Thule Easy-fit Tire Chains
Okay, so you’re not really thinking snow-chains at the moment. But the way the weather’s been going this summer, it could be winter by next week! Seriously, though, while chains might not seem like a “personalization” gadget, check this out: Thule Easy-Fit snow chains are practically snap-on simple. It takes just nine seconds per wheel to fit these chains and you don’t need superhuman strength to put them on or take them off. Just plop them over the tire and then step on the tensioning bar. Done. No sweat and man, do you look cool.
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