Jake Sigal doesn’t spend much time sitting still. At 28 years old, he’s launched a bunch of successful products, ranging from the first USB Turntable designed to convert those vinyl albums to mp3’s (I bought one for my husband a few years ago), to tabletop Internet radios. He is the CEO of Livio Radio and the Founder/CEO of Myine Electronics. Livio designs Internet radios that work fast without complicated menus and sells sells the NPR Radio and the Livio Radio featuring Pandora. Myine manufactures high-quality electronic audio products.
Now Livio is introducing the Carmen, a portable Internet radio solution for use in the vehicle. Compatible with the Mac or PC, the Carmen connects to the computer with a USB cable and records and stores content from over 42,000 AM/FM and Internet-only radio stations streamed from around the world using RadioTime’s tuner. Users may then connect the portable Carmen to the vehicle’s 12-volt socket and play back the stored audio library through the car stereo using an open FM channel or auxiliary (AUX) input.
It’s an interim solution for bringing Internet radio into cars without needing a smartphone or constant wifi connection.
Carmen’s user-friendly interface includes fast-forward, rewind, and skip functions. “The Carmen is all about further expanding Internet radio consumption to the car,” Sigal said. “We designed Carmen with DVR in mind. It gives users access to local stations from across America and around the world – their music, news and talk radio – plus genres that you can’t find anywhere on AM/FM for plug-and-play listening and enjoyment in any vehicle.”
At $59.99, the price is right…