Dead-finger tech: Universal integration kit for iPod/iPhone

I was asked to consider what pieces of consumer technology had become so central to my life that I would never give them up. That is, you'd have to pry my cold, dead fingers off of them.

I was asked to consider what pieces of consumer technology had become so central to my life that I would never give them up. That is, you'd have to pry my cold, dead fingers off of them. I'd never willingly give them up.

I number of technologies came to mind including the Microsoft Trackball Explorer, the Wacom Tablet and the DICE Electronics integration kit for iPod/iPhone. Since others had already chosen trackball mice and tablets and I could chose only one for this exercise, I selected the DICE Electronics product.

Although I made it clear that I absolutely required an AUX port when I purchased my Toyota Prius (yes I do have bark pieces embedded in my shirt from hugging trees), the car didn't have one. This lack only became visible when I got the car home. The covered socket in the console storage area was a power supply not an AUX port was explained by the sales rep.  I was very unhappy with Cramer Toyota in Venice, FL at the time.

I read about a product made by DICE Electronics that easily connected to the car's stereo system and allowed an iPod, an iPhone or just about any random consumer music player to be connected to the system. After speaking with one of their technical representatives, Travis Hinkle, I decided to purchase one.

Now, I'm able to listen to music, movie soundtracks or podcasts while driving. This keeps me awake during my early morning runs up to the airport for my many business trips. It keeps me company on long trips.

Other than my trackball and Wacom tablet, this is the one piece of technology that I use the most.

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