|TORRANCE, CALIF. – December 27, 2013 (SDG MEDIAWIRE) – Rydeen Mobile Electronics announced today that its DV638A Android-powered multimedia source unit is in the warehouse and available to ship to retailers and distributors nationwide. The announcement fulfills the company’s goal of bringing a touch-friendly yet intuitively automotive user experience to the dash.“Because the tablet form factor and user experience is so widespread and accepted by consumers, several companies have attempted to bring this same experience to the vehicle,” said Phil Maeda, president of Rydeen. “Some have integrated the interface into the vehicle, however, they are limited by specialized apps that must be optimized for the device. Others have attempted maintaining the full experience by pairing a removable tablet with a head unit, but the solution is not ergonomically viable. The DV638A allows us to have the best of both: tablet functionality on a solid platform designed for the car.”
The double-DIN DV638A is a full multimedia receiver that fits in the dash using standard specs for a unit of its size. Its physical volume knob and push buttons support the driver with controls that can be found by touch. The unit integrates directly with standard steering wheel control systems, and can work with digital versions using the PAC SWI-RC interface. It also features built-in Bluetooth functionality, enabling hands-free conversations as well as playback and play/pause/seek control of audio selections stored on a Bluetooth-enabled phone or device.
The DV638A incorporates a specially designed version of the Android operating system, optimized for the automotive environment. It includes several specialized apps that allow quick access to driver-centric functions such as radio, rear-view camera, music sources and subwoofer controls. Built-in WiFi capability via an included WiFi dongle allows the DV638A to connect to WiFi hotspots or an in-car broadband device to access Pandora® and other cloud-based music providers, as well as the Google Play store, Internet, and email. It also features built-in GPS capability for use with Google navigation (wireless connection required) or a user-purchased navigation app available from Google Play.
As a receiver, the DV638A features AM/FM, CD and DVD playback, along with SD card and USB inputs for additional media. It includes two audio/video inputs to enable video playback on its 6.2-inch touch screen display, in addition to a dedicated rear-view camera input that automatically switches when the vehicle is in reverse gear. Audio/video outputs allow connection of a separate display for rear-seat entertainment, and front and rear zones can play separate media sources.
On the audio side, the DV638A has three sets of 4-volt RCA outputs to connect to front and rear zones and a subwoofer amplifier, each fed by an up-converted 24-bit audio signal. Internally, the DV638A boasts a high-power amplifier rated at 45 watts per channel for the front and rear zones.
The DV638A has a suggested retail price of $699, and will be featured along with Rydeen’s complete new product line in North Hall Booth #3424 at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), January 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. To schedule a booth appointment or demonstration, please call (877) 777-8811.