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Vizualogic Readies Portable Tablet Headrest System

CORONA, CALIF. — Vizualogic is planning a formal debut of a vehicle headrest system with removable tablets.

The system, which Vizualogic is calling its Portable Android Powered Headrest System, was quietly previewed at the SEMA Show last month. It consists of two 7-inch Android 4.0 touchscreen tablets with 4GB of internal memory, expandable to 32GB with MicroSD card slots; five to six hours of battery life; Wi-Fi connectivity; USB ports; and FM modulator and audio-out.

Two IR headphones are included with the system, which will carry a $1,499 suggested retail when it ships in January. Although the two tablets won’t be able to interact with each other, Aaron Lyle, Vizualogic marketing manager, told TWICE, an updated version shipping in the spring should have that capability.

Vizualogic previously showed a version of this system at the 2012 CES, but the company decided to scrap it after not being satisfied with the results. This time around, Lyle said, “we borrowed about 30 different tablets and pulled them all apart, and figured out how would we create it to work in automotive environments.”

The Amazon App Store will come preloaded onto the devices, which are designed to fit into any of Vizualogic’s 2,500 headrests. All of the headrests are vehicle specific, he said.