Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) on Thursday introduced to the TransDock Deluxe, a new auto interface designed for the iPod. It costs $129.99.
The TransDock differs from other iPod interfaces because it provides not only an audio interface in the form of an FM transmitter that enables you to play your music through the vehicle’s FM radio, but a video interface as well. A video output connector can plug in to many autos equipped with video entertainment systems, so you can watch movies from your fifth-generation iPod as well.
The TransDock Deluxe adds a third major feature — a wireless Radio Frequency (RF) remote control that can be attached to the auto’s steering wheel, so you can keep your hands on the wheel while changing volume, pausing, skipping songs and controlling TransDock functions, such as switching FM frequencies.
The TransDock itself is a cradle device that features a dock connector. It plugs into an available cigarette lighter and can charge the iPod. It’s compatible with iPod minis, iPod nanos and fourth-generation and higher full-sized iPods.
The TransDock Deluxe offers interchangeable faceplates to match your vehicle’s interior and can be set in three different LCD colors (amber, blue and white) to help match your instrumentation. It comes with a six-foot AV cable to connect to the vehicle’s entertainment system. An integrated USB power outlet also lets you charge up PDAs, cell phones or other USB-powered device, and an auxiliary audio input lets you play audio from other devices, such as gaming systems.