January 11, 2007

CES Update: Mercedes R-Class Still Not A Minivan

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Just to be clear, it was Engadget who called the UWB-to-RSE-equipped MB R500 exhibited at CES an SUV. It is, in fact, a Not-A-Minivan [or Grand Sports Tourer in German].

As for what to call HD video beamed non-stop to rear seat entertainment systems, I'm torn between Overkill and Irresponsible. Anyone?

WiMedia and Mercedes to demo in-vehicle, HD streaming over UWB
[engadget]
PDF press release: DAIMLERCHRYSLER TO DEMONSTRATE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN-VEHICLE VIDEO STREAMING OVER UWB AT CES 2007 WIMEDIA [wimedia.org]
Previous R-Class ribbing on DT: We kid because we'd rather have a B-Class.

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If you're going to send your kids to zombie land, you might as well do it in HD. That part makes sense to me.

What seems weird to me is wireless...within a single car. That seems like it might be overkill. No bandwidth issues with good old hard wiring things. Cheaper, too.

I'd rather have a nice storage place with straps to securely hold my "handheld device" -- so it won't fly around the fat, expensive Mercedes-Benz minivan while I'm doing 20 over the limit up to Rhinebeck for the weekend -- with a nice, retractable Firewire cable right there to connect the device to the rear-seat displays.

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