Control Your Home From Your Car
It’s no secret I’m a sucker for great gadgets, especially ones with advanced remote control features. Well, my friends, Japan has just made the mother of all remotes, and it’s attached to a car.
The new Panasonic Strada F-Class navigation system lets drivers use an icon-based panel to turn lights on and off, lock and unlock doors, and even adjust the air conditioning in their homes. It also provides the power to check out images captured from home security cameras. That’s all seriously cool, but it’s the final feature I like the most.
The Strada lets you control your DVR…from your car. That’s right, ladies and gents, no more evening commute anguish as you suddenly realize you forgot to set the TiVo for American Gladiators. Titan and Crush could be yours with the simple touch of a button on your dashboard. If, of course, they were Japanese. And you lived in Japan.
The Strada F-Class performs all those regular GPS-style duties, too — you know, unimportant little things like helping you figure out where you’re going.
This bad boy runs $3,400, and naturally, won’t be available in the U.S. any time soon.