These days, it's not enough to just give users the ability to listen to
music on their handheld. Any 'ole iPod
or phone can do that. It's about
bringing that same functionality to the car. XtremeMac is an accessory
company that has been doing just that for years now, and their latest
product extends that with power and Bluetooth. The new InCharge Auto
& Home Bluetooth charging and wireless audio solutions allows users
to simultaneously charge and wirelessly stream music from iPod, iPhone
or iPad through home stereo system or car radio.
The InCharge Home BT and Auto BT are both "Made For iPod, iPhone and
iPad" devices, with the Home acting as a wireless audio receiver and
10-watt USB wall charger. Users can connect the provided 4ft. AUX cable
from the InCharge Home BT to a home stereo, turning it into a fast and
easily activated Bluetooth enabled audio receiver. Users can then pair
their stereo system to their Bluetooth enabled iPhone, iPod or iPad
allowing for wireless audio playback. Features include a Bluetooth LED
status indicator and low profile design allowing access to a second wall
outlet. InCharge Home BT includes a 4ft 30 pin to USB cable for
charging while streaming music wirelessly.
The Auto BT plugs into the car's line-in jack and provides three unique
functions in one compact device – hands-free calling, wireless audio
playback and 10 watts of charging power. Through its one-touch
multi-function button, users can answer calls and play/pause music via
the Bluetooth connection. Additional features include a self-resetting
fuse to protect devices and a standard USB connection for maximum
compatibility with most USB mobile devices.
Both of these guys are selling right now for $79.99 -- pricey, but hey,
that's the sum you pay to get your music where you want it.