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You may not think much about how you interact with your local FM radio broadcasters, but Livio is working to make it easier.
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Livio's Kit is no standard FM transmitter. It also has the ability to take direct control of the developer's Internet radio app for iPhone and Android.
Livio Radio is making a big push into car Internet radio market this July with a $99.99 Bluetooth head unit called the Kit that plugs into your cigarette lighter adapter and also offers USB charging and a built-in speakerphone.