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Have, well, tons of stuff in your car

Have, well, tons of stuff in your car

In car PCs from Funtoro - now with oodles of choice, but still may be not enough for some.

At first we thought someone had just parked their BMW in the MSI booth, which we thought was kind of strange considering we were on the fourth floor of he new Nangang Exhibition Hall at Computex. On further inspection we found out that Funtoro, an MSI subsidiary, had pimped the car out tech-style.

The car is now kitted out with a server, five 7” touch screen LCD screens, GPS, digital TV, cameras, internet, karaoke, a CD/DVD changer and all sorts of in-car monitoring gadgets like tyre pressure sensors and even a HUD.

The hardware scales from 3 to 50 clients – depending on how much you fork out, and each monitor can work independently of the rest, so the kids don’t argue about what they want to watch. The server comes with space for a notebook hard drive, which is currently 80GB as standard, although it can be ejected and used on a home PC easily enough. If you don’t want to be loading up a central drive every time, just drop it on a USB stick and play it straight from that instead.

The video playback is limited to MPEG 1/2/4 still and it’s all run on a 533MHz “Samsung processor”, so those looking for a performance powerhouse for h.264, OGG, FLAC and more obscure wrappers will still need to build their own in-car PC.

Is this the kind of thing we'll likely need in the cars of tomorrow? Yes and no - there's plenty of choice but no standard connectivity in play apart from the RCA audio and composite video - surely we're in a digital revolution and that could be a HDMI or display port? The HUD is cool, but most new cars have some level of diagnostics built in these days, and it all really depends on how much you want to mod (read butcher, to some) your ride.

Interesting niche? Want-worthy? Or just another company trying to jump on the in-car bandwagon - let us know your ideas in the forums.

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Cupboard 4th June 2008, 08:31 Quote
A 533MHz processor powering up to 50 screens? In a car? wtf?
Quite cool though! They must have had it plugged in somewhere though...
Mentai 4th June 2008, 08:58 Quote
I agree with the butcher part of the article. It all seems rather gimmicky/ugly... I've never seen the point of tvs in cars. It would probably be cheaper/better to just buy a couple of media centred laptops to take along with you.
freedom810 4th June 2008, 11:17 Quote
Well, i wouldnt say no.
johnnyboy700 4th June 2008, 11:54 Quote
Who the hell wants a karaoke in their car?
Bindibadgi 4th June 2008, 12:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by johnnyboy700
Who the hell wants a karaoke in their car?

Same people who need support for 50 screens. It's not a 533MHz sorting out every screen - it's 533 PER screen ;)
pendragon 4th June 2008, 18:10 Quote
hmm no pictures of the front seats eh? nothing special up there?
knuck 4th June 2008, 19:17 Quote
whatever happened to simply just talk with whoever is with you in the car ?
devdevil85 5th June 2008, 16:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ghys
whatever happened to simply just talk with whoever is with you in the car ?
Get with the times man...it's 2008! j/k
Cthippo 6th June 2008, 03:40 Quote
Why would there be other people in my car? :?
Saivert 17th June 2008, 23:25 Quote
People only talk to each other via IM these days. And only 50 screens? I'll pass.
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