Magazine article ASEE Prism

Rockin' on the Road

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Rockin' on the Road

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Motorcycles and music are a classic mix. Artists as diverse as Neil Young, Steppenwolf, and Arlo Guthrie have penned odes to the motorized two-wheeler. And the best part of the movie "Easy Rider" was the soundtrack. But for bikers, actually being able to listen to music and make selections as they ride has been problematic. Now a group of engineering students at the University of California, Berkeley is working on a solution that will let motorcyclists not only select and play their favorite tunes but take and make cell phone calls and, eventually, receive-oral-satellite navigation assistance from the Global Positioning System. The BentoBox is a voice-activated device that is wirelessly linked to a helmet. "And because it is a full computer, we are keen on integrating appropriate wireless Internet services as they become available,"explains Dan Steingart, a materials science graduate student and the project's team leader. …

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