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Chrysler Introduces Via Mobile Package, Brings Integrated Life Into Your Vehicle

Chrysler Introduces the Via Mobile Package
Chrysler Introduces the Via Mobile Package

Talking with Chrysler at CES this year inside of a 2013 Dodge Ram took us on a very cool journey. Chrysler Group introduced the Via Mobile package, which allows full Internet radio into your vehicle from your phone. AM/FM, HD Radio and SiriusXM are all included, as expected, except Chrysler will be the first to offer the fully merged and integrated SiriusXM lineup into their vehicles with exclusivity for a limited time. There is also a media hub available in the center console. A USB port, SD port, aux port, USB charge-only port and Bluetooth streaming all compliment the 8.5″ resistive touch screen that resides in the dashboard.


Enhancing the experience is a brand new navigation system that takes up the entire screen, complete with 3D models, pan-and-zoom, traffic (through SiriusXM). One cool, subtle feature that brings the entire nav together is called One-Step Destination Entry, where you can use your voice and give a command in one breath, such as “Navigate to (address).” You can also give the system points of interest, which commands such as “Find Nearest (name of place).”

Apps, with Buttons

What’s cool about the Apps Button is that all of your embedded apps, plus all of the apps from your phone, are displayed together through the dashboard screen, fully integrated using the Via Mobile package. Apps like iHeartRadio and more all connect to the dashboard, forcing the phone to turn off when the vehicle is in motion, which reduces distracted driving. Chrysler has partnered with Sprint as well and has embedded a 3G radio into their 2013 vehicles. With that, pressing the 911 button will take you immediately to a 911 dispatcher and not to a call center and queue. Better yet, it’s using Sprint’s integrated signal to make the call without tying up your cell phone line. Using the Assist app will display three different call centers: roadside assistance, uConnect to answer questions about your online account and smartphone app and the vehicle-specific call center to answer questions about problems you may have with your vehicle.

No announcements on timing, vehicle availability or pricing has been announced yet, but Chrysler said to stay tuned for news on that very soon.

Video by Scott Ertz of F5 Live.

iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor

iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor
iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor

The iHealth Blood Pressure monitor is part of a series of app connected tools that improve a person’s health awareness. Adam from iHealth talks to Jamie Davis, the Podmedic about these home health devices.


The iHealth Blood Pressure monitor is an FDA approved product and is now in its second generation with wireless bluetooth connectivity allowing connection to more mobile devices via a wider array of app offerings. This makes it a great option for families who want or need to monitor their blood pressure on a more regular basis.

Cloud or App Based Health Tracking

The application from iHealth comes with a free cloud service that allows you to store data online for retrieval later on a web browser instead of the mobile device. Via the app or the cloud, all of the data can be tracked and trended to give users a view of health progress and changes over time.

The iHealth suite of health monitoring tools is available now from a variety of retailers.

Video by Jamie Davis, the Podmedic from Health Tech Weekly (HTWeekly.com).

Heart Math Provides Inner Balance

Heart Math Inner Balance App
Heart Math Inner Balance App

He’s not just wearing fashionable ear-wear, host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic is trying to find his inner balance with the new Heart Math Inner Balance app. We’re syncing breathing and heart rate to reduce stress at CES 2013.


Heart Math Inner Balance helps to find that balance by measuring heart rate variability. When we’re stressed the variability of our heart rate is higher than when we’re calm. The app gives a visual representation on the screen when connected to the ear clip sensor.

Visual Cues Trigger Balance

Using the visual cues, the user attempts to calm breathing and heart rate variability so that a uniform green color is displayed on the color wheel. The app tracks progress and a favorite photo can be tied to positive results to trigger later periods of balance.

The sensor clip and the app will both be available in February, 2013.

Video by Jamie Davis, the Podmedic from Health Tech Weekly (HTWeekly.com).

Pioneer Car Electronics: It’s ALL About Connectivity

App Radio Now iOS and Android

With over 20 years of CES experience, Pioneer’s Harry Krol’s enthusiasm for the show and Pioneer products has been undiminished. For 2012, Pioneer Car Electronics is emphasizing connectivity through technologies like Bluetooth, HD Radio, in dash navigation systems, and connectivity to iPhone or iPod. Selected applications are available on a new in-dash unit on “App Radio” – a much bigger multitouch touchscreen monitor that replicates an interface that is almost identical to how you interact on your phone. It includes “Find a Parking Spot” apps, and access to your entire media library that is already on your smartphone.  App Radio 2, introduced at CES2012, adds full Android support.

Interview by Andy McCaskey and Courtney Wallinof SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.


Roamz: Unexpected Pleasant Surprises

Personal Tour Guide

The joy of discovering interesting things around you is the secret appeal of this free iOS app. It’s all a benefit of geographic awareness built into smartphones – and leverages the power of other social media channels that are active in the immediate area. You don’t have to be following people or try to filter the madness of 200 million tweets per day. Roamz offers suggestions about what everyone nearby is buzzing about, as it monitors Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for traffic nearby.


Interview by Courtney Wallin of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.


Polkast: Personal Cloud at Lightening Speed

Why upload and download to the cloud when you can create a personal cloud for data anywhere ?

Polkast is a new P2P approach to file access that you control. Your files are stored on systems that you control, and it doesn’t matter where the files are stored. With Polkast, you get anytime access to all of your files from any of your computers or mobile devices.

And, on your local network, files transfer at 10x the speed of a traditional upload/download from an external cloud service. And Polkast indexes and enables you to search for files from your mobile device- then pull just the one you need.


Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.