Volvo may make one of the safest cars on the road, but now one model in particular may just be the smartest. Announced earlier today at the Chicago Auto Show, Volvo is said to be showing off a new RSEi-500 "infotainment" system in its XC70 wagons, which boasts a full touchscreen PC running Windows XP, along with WiFi, a 500GB hard drive, and 3G connectivity — all accessible from the backseat of the car.The RSEi-500 will be able to connect to the Internet via a WiFi signal or a 3G data card, so you can check your favorite websites, email, social networks, watch TV and movies, and even download your favorite tunes while hitting the road. Bonus features include USB ports, AV cables for portable gaming consoles and iPods, as well as data transfer abilities so you can bring along photos and music wherever you go. This system sounds like it would be a dream for geeky road trips, and you could essentially leave your laptop safely at home while you hit the road with your backseat PC.
Wondering what's going to be hot and not-so-hot in the upcoming year? Here are some of my gadget predictions for 2008!
OLED Televisions: Surprisingly OLED TV's weren't overly popular in 2007, even though they created quite the buzz with their super-slim design, energy saving technology, and exceptional screen quality. I can't help but think they are going to make a huge comeback in '08. Be sure to stay tuned for Samsung's latest prototype, a 31-inch OLED TV.
More Sleek and Stylish Storage Devices: For those of us who carry our portable storage devices on us 24/7, keep your eyes peeled for some fun new USB flash drives in '08. Check out these new flash drives from PQI called the Traveling Disk i201 which come in strawberry, pink, banana yellow, and blueberry blue colors. Storage capacity ranges from 1GB to 4GB.
Portable Media Players: Now that downloading movies off the net has become so quick and easy, more and more people will be investing in portable media players. Philips new flash based personal media player is fresh on the scene and is going to be a hot buy. With 2, 4 or 8GB capacities, a 3.5" LCD display, built-in speakers, and a five hour video life, you can't help but wish you got one for Christmas!
Fashionable and Functional Gadget Accessories: Gel cell phone cases became a growing trend towards the end of '07, so I'm sure we'll see more colors and designs in '08. With the debut of Kodak's chic new camera cases which were also a hit, you're guaranteed to see alot more custom-designed carrying cases for electronics throughout the year.
eReaders: With the release of Amazon's Wireless Reading Device, the Kindle last November, I couldn't help but get absorbed into the eReader frenzy. These handy devices are simple to use, lightweight and can hold over 200 book titles. . .It's time to say good-bye to our paperbacks and hello to the world of electronic-paper in 2008!