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CES 2012: iOS Remote-Controlled Car Leads Pack Of Dexim Gadgets

Using a small dongle that plugs into an iPhone's 30-pin connector, Dexim uses the iPhone's accelerometer to remotely control toy cars and trucks. At CES 2012, Dexim was showing other gadgets off as well.



Whereas many of the gadget manufacturers exhibiting at CES 2012 focus on one or two specific areas, several of the companies come to Las Vegas to show off a bunch of completely unrelated products. Dexim is one of those companies and InformationWeek took a look at four of the many products it had on display during a private press reception called CES Unveiled.

Leading the pack (as can be seen in the embedded video below) was App Speed; a remotely-controlled race car that relies on an iPhone's accelerometer to control the car's direction. The accelerometer works hand-in-hand with an iOS app that, using a dongle that snaps in to the iPhone 30-pin port, wirelessly transmits speed and direction instructions to the car. For example, the more you tip an iPhone forward or backward, the faster the car goes in either direction.

Dexim has several remotely controlled vehicles that sell for $39.95. The one shown in the video is a Bugati Veyron (the real-life version costs about $120,000). Dexim also offers an Audi R8 and a couple of monster trucks.

Another product that Dexim is showing at CES is called Visible G. According to Dexim's director of public relations Curt Galusha, the $39.95 Visible G is an iOS device charger that, unlike the standard chargers that come with iOS devices, stops drawing electricity once your iPhone, iPad, or iPod is fully charged. Using a lighted cord, Visible G also visibly shows the electricity running through the cord from the outlet to your iOS device like a river of light. The closer to a fully-charged state the iOS device gets, the slower the "river of light" flows.

For people who want to mount their iPhone to just about any surface and then remotely take photos or video with a Bluetooth-based remote control, Dexim's ClickStick will do the trick. Clickstick is yet to ship and no price has been set yet. But it basically turns the iPhone into your own personal photo booth.

The last of Dexim's products that we took at look at was the $139.95 Dexim AV Adapter. If you're like us and you wish your iOS device could more easily output its image to just about any TV or big screen, the Dexim AV adapter is probably just what the doctor ordered. It can convert the output from an iOS device to just about any sort of input that your TV or big screen can take (composite video, HDMI, etc.).

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