Beat: Car tech
WHAT I DO:
Mobile electronics installer
WHERE I LIVE:
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My name is Matt Turner, and for 13 years, I have been a professional mobile electronics installer. I've spent my whole life fascinated with gadgets and the way that electronics interact and integrate with each other, leading me to disassemble nearly every electronic device I've ever owned to see what I could make it do that was not necessarily a part of the original design. Recent evidence of this is my Apple Mac Mini-equipped Volkswagen GTi, which is highly recognized as being at the forefront of integrated automotive computing.
I'll be covering the car audio and electronics beat for CNET at the 2006 CES. My lengthy tenure in this industry and reputation as a designer, fabricator, and installer of high-end mobile electronics systems makes me pretty qualified for this assignment, and I appreciate the opportunity.
I recently partnered with one of my fellow installers to form a company devoted to the design and manufacture of high-quality, vehicle-specific iPod docks, so I am anxious to see the new and updated automotive iPod interfaces that will be shown this year. I'm also excited about the new addition to the Pioneer AVIC in-dash navigation line, which features an internal hard drive for music and nav data storage. However, at the top of my list and closer to my heart are the manufacturers' demo vehicle offerings, with Alpine, Focal, Rockford, and Kicker being at the top of my list to check out.