The CES Report - Mobile Electronics
Rather surprising was the lack of products featuring Bluetooth or 802.11b Wi-Fi capability. However, there were two standouts in this arena. First, Alpine showed its MobileHub-enabled hands-free solution for the Nokia 6310i GSM phone, which allows the user to control the phone through one of nine Alpine MobileHub-ready head units. From the Alpine IVA-D900 head unit, you can instantly access the phone book and dial up a contact, using the vehicle's stereo system as the speaker.
The second standout, Rockford Fosgate, showed its OmniFi system, which allows consumers to wirelessly transfer files from their home computers directly to their automobiles. It includes a display, wiring module, removable 20-GB HDD cartridge and an optional Wi-Fi interface. According to Bill Dunphy, project manager for OmniFi, a customer can move media files in two ways: "One way is by using a Wi-Fi network," he said, "The second way is through the removable, 20 GB hard disc drive cartridge in the car. A customer can bring it into the house and connect it to his PC via a USB connection, and then update the files on the OmniFi hard disc drive via the Simpleware software." The OmniFi car media player is $599, available in April. The optional wireless interface is $99.