Ok, I’ve managed to make the Internet the most vital resource in my life. More important than the phone, the yellow pages, or any reference source based on dead trees. I rely more on e-mail and IM than I do most voice services. TV is out, radio is dead, and when I really want to know something I just Google it.
For some time I’ve wondered why I don’t have an Internet mobile PC in my car? There have been a few times that I’ve sat outside some remote motel in some strange town with a “free” wi-fi connection and thought, “life is good.” Acquiring a GPS device has helped. For a mere $300 I can now find places in strange areas of town. But, even this has limits, for certain retail establishments (read: Fred Meyer) are not listed. I suppose TomTom (and other GPS makers?) tries to extort fees from the retailers?
Then tonight I stumbled upon a great article from PC World that led me to this new product.
The Power Of The Internet Now In Your Car
Imagine going on a long road trip with your family. Sitting in the passenger’s seat with your laptop open, you are able to…
With Autonet Mobile, every passenger can now harness the power and entertainment value of the internet within your car.
- Connect Everyone in The Car at the same time
- Get in the Car, Surf the Web, IM, Chat, E-Mail
- Easy for the Whole Family to use
- No software needed
Now, this is what I’m talking about! No word on pricing (Probably a bleeding edge luxury I can’t afford…yet), but this means a time is coming when pricing or availability will be in the range for the pedestrian masses.
The FAQs page says the range will be about 100 feet. Suddenly, I foresee anyplace within 100 feet of my car as a hotspot. Imagine blogging from a park bench at Mt. Tabor, or a sidewalk cafe in the Pearl?
As you can see, it doesn’t take much to make me happy.