About this project
Dashbot connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and intelligently controls your music, maps, and messages with just your voice. Say “Dashbot, play James Brown” or "Dashbot, navigate home," and Dashbot’s AI will do the rest, playing sound through your car's stereo.
Today, we’re very excited to announce that integrated Amazon Alexa™ support is coming to Dashbot! Dashbot will be the best way to give you the magic of Alexa in your car. Ask Alexa to check the weather, play your audio books, and much, much more powered by 1000+ Alexa skills.
You can choose to shift Dashbot into Alexa mode at first setup inside Dashbot’s app. Once setup, simply say "ALEXA" and make your request.
Dashbot has built-in support for your playlists, podcasts, and favorite streaming services. With a simple request, Dashbot’s AI will search multiple services to find what you want to hear.
Dashbot currently supports Spotify, NPR One, FM Radio, Podcasts, Google Play Music, Apple Music, and more. Dashbot even has an open API so developers can easily add support for their own services.
Dashbot’s smartphone app puts all your streaming services under one roof. No switching between apps, no tiny popup controls, just your music controlled with your voice. Use the app to connect your favorite services, once setup is complete you don’t need to touch your phone to use Dashbot.
Dashbot is designed to be 100% voice controlled so you can keep your hands on the wheel. Dashbot announces turn-by-turn directions, reads your texts aloud, and tells you who is calling.
Got a question? Kick off any request by saying “Dashbot," its onboard AI adapts to your voice and surroundings to hear you clearly.
Dashbot uses a far-field beamforming microphone array and state-of-the-art digital signal processing. That's the fancy way of saying Dashbot hears you no matter how bumpy the road or how loud the music. No yelling necessary.
Using the best of today’s speech-to-text engines, you can send text messages confidently. No need to verify your message on a screen. Dashbot reads them back to you so you can confirm without looking at your phone.
Dashbot’s display is auto-dimming for use day and night and is made of low-glare red LEDs to protect your night vision. With visual cues designed to be understood with a quick glance, you can keep your eyes on the road, and your attention where it matters most.
Dashbot’s visual cues are simple: only what you need and nothing you don’t. With location search powered by Google Maps, just ask Dashbot how to get where you want to go—Dashbot will show you the way!
Install the Dashbot app on your Android Lollipop 5.0+ or iOS 10 smartphone and pair Dashbot to your phone over Bluetooth. Dashbot uses your phone’s existing connection to talk to the internet. Every time you get in your car, Dashbot automatically connects to your phone and starts listening for your commands.
Dashbot plugs into your USB or 12V power port (cigarette lighter) and connects to your car stereo via Bluetooth or auxiliary jack. Older car? The Dashbot Retro pack adds a cassette adapter and FM transmitter for your old-school ride.
Dashbot mounts to your dashboard with a small magnetic plate that attaches with removable non-marking adhesive and works on all dashboards.
Tired of saying "Dashbot"? No problem. From inside Dashbot’s app you can choose from three distinct wake words: "DASHBOT", "COMPUTER" and "CO-PILOT."
Don’t like Dashbot’s voice? You can change that too. Select from the many that come preinstalled, and give your car the voice you always imagined.
With the Dashbot Expansion Pack, Dashbot reveals the OBD-II info and tells you what’s actually going on under the hood. Learn your engine RPM, O2 sensors readings, vehicle speed, engine temperature, just by asking Dashbot.
Check Engine light on? Don’t waste time and money going to the repair shop only to find out you could have fixed the problem yourself. With the Dashbot Expansion Pack, just ask Dashbot to tell you what’s wrong.
With the Expansion Pack, Dashbot easily identifies Check Engine warning codes like EVAP and Oxygen Sensor failures, that are easy to fix at home.
Dashbot with OBD-II connection can provide you with real-time data directly from your car, or save all the stats to your phone for later.
Dashbot is based on our own C.H.I.P. Pro computer module and is enhanced by the power of the amazing C.H.I.P.ster community: over 100,000 strong and in over 100 countries to date, building excellent projects based on our previously Kickstarted projects C.H.I.P. and PocketC.H.I.P.
Because Dashbot is based on C.H.I.P. Pro, you can teach it new tricks. Dashbot runs Gadget OS, our mainline Linux based fast-booting operating system. Like all Next Thing Co. products, Dashbot is Open Hardware, its software is Open Source, and of course, Dashbot has an open API.
We take data privacy very seriously. Your data remains your data. Dashbot doesn’t save recordings or your location. We don’t sell your data. It’s yours. Dashbot connects to a number of cloud based services to respond to your commands. Whenever possible we’ve made every effort to ensure that you own your data and you’re not tracked in any way.
Last year we released C.H.I.P., the world’s first $9 computer, to make it easier than ever to build software projects and hardware products. Based on a year of community feedback, we further optimized C.H.I.P. for product designers and recently released C.H.I.P. Pro.
As designers ourselves, we couldn’t help but build our own product powered by C.H.I.P. Pro. We knew we wanted to use voice recognition and AI software, both of which C.H.I.P. Pro was ideal for.
After much discussion, we realized that we all reached for our phones too much while we were driving. The car seemed the most natural and helpful place to implement voice and AI. The next thing we knew, we had a design spec for Dashbot with working prototypes. Now we’re on Kickstarter!
Risks and challenges
The risks inherent in volume manufacturing are real, and we’ve taken every precaution to prepare for and actively address them. With the support of our manufacturing and distribution partners we are well equipped for the challenges ahead. We promise to keep our backers updated and informed about any issues that may arise ¡VIVA DashBot!
With any new products and ventures, there are no doubt countless hidden obstacles and challenges. We’ve made sure to account for some amount of craziness in our schedule. If something does go wrong, we promise to keep our backers updated and informed about any issues.
We’ve spent the last 18 months building and strengthening our supply chain to be able to handle the production of a product like this. Our partners are committed to helping out. Also, this is not our first rodeo. We've had two successful Kickstarter campaigns before this. We know what it takes and we will deliver!
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