It’s been a busy week here at TS-central and one of the things I haven’t been able to get to until now is coverage of the developments happening with AudioTroll.
For those of you that have missed it until now, the AudioTroll is a device being developed by Carl Levine in the US. It’s a device that will allow you to plug your iPod into your 1998-2002 model Saab 9-3 or 1997-onwards Saab 9-5 and control the functionality of the iPod through your car’s audio controls. It’ll also display the iPod “Now Playing” information on your car’s SID.
Development has been a slower-than-expected process. There’s always bugs to be ironed out. I feel for Carl as he’s taken several orders already, which must be weighing on him as he gears up (disclosure: I haven’t ordered one yet).
He wrote to me earlier this week and said that the final build was going to be completed on Tuesday (which I assume meant a few days ago) with production starting “not long thereafter”.
It’s certainly an exciting development for those of us that own the applicable vehicles.
Carl’s shot a 5 minute video which explains the operation of the AudioTroll. You’ll see the AudioTroll in action and get some brief verbal instructions on how it works. Steering wheel controls are all-systems-go and there should be a new video of the completed unit in a newer 9-5 coming very soon.
The AudioTroll site is located here.
Enjoy the video (nice to hear some Split Enz in there!).