While the crackdown on in-car portable device usage is at full tilt, Apple recently filed a patent that could help solve the “reaching over to access your playlist while driving” conundrum. Apple laid the groundwork for a wireless remote control that clips to a car’s steering wheel for easy access to any playlist.
You may be familiar with the design, as Apple is modeling it after the beloved iPod click wheel interface. The wireless remote, which resembles the base of a Ring Pop, clips onto the steering wheel and offers Menu/Forward/Backward/Play/Pause buttons. The unit would be powered by a lithium watch battery, installed underneath.
The faceplate is rotatable and the steering wheel clamps can be adjusted to fit a majority of cars. Apple’s wireless iPod/iPhone/iPad remote will come in handy with cars that have built-in digital media centers, but do not offer control of the iDevice from the dash. It’s also a poor man’s solution to portable media player control, but could be very popular in the accessory isle.
[Via: Patently Apple]