new-car gadgets and products
Driver: Parallel Lines, Vol. 1, $9.99
Parallel Lines puts your Xbox or Playstation 2 and you in the driver's seat
of a Hollywood-style driving game. And now, Apple's iTunes service puts your
ears in the same realm with the release of the video game's soundtrack. The
songs include classics from Public Enemy and Grandmaster Flash, ready to
download into your iPod and play back while you're at the real wheel. Wait, are
we supposed to be running over pedestrians in sync with the throbbing soundtrack? Better
call GEICO - or see www.atari.com
or iTunes for more information.
Corvette Multi-Function Watch, $62
It's about time
you stopped showing up late for Corvette car shows, trader events, and your
hair-transplant appointments. But how can you pay homage to the world's best-loved sportscar
while maintaining proper chronologicality? We suggest a Corvette watch
- crafted in stainless steel (unlike the car itself) and water-resistant, too.
With its own collectible steel case-use it to keep your speeding tickets
someplace special? - this timepiece will make you the envy of the
poor bastards still telling time by the sun. See Amazon's jewelry section
Garmin Mobile 20
systems help you get where you're going with a minimum of wrong turns and
puzzled looks at the gas-station attendant when she tells you to "make a right
at the Big Chicken." But nav systems aren't cheap either - and who needs one
more piece of electronics to tote around? Hence the idea for the new Garmin
Mobile 20, a navi-system add-on for the latest range of smartphones that turns
your Nokia, Windows Mobile, or Treo 650 into a GPS with turn-by-turn navigation.
The Garmin unit has an integrated phone mount that also has Bluetooth
speakerphone features built in to allow you wireless headphone use while on the
road. Data cards store map information for North America or
20 will be available in July 2006;
pricing hasn't been announced.