I’ve been meaning to buy a GPS navigation system for the car for awhile now and the folks at Mio have found a way to make that an urgent need with the upcoming release of the Knight Rider GPS Navigation.
When we were first contacted by Mio about their Knight Rider device, we couldn’t wait till the day that we could finally tell you. An officially licensed GPS unit with the original voice of KITT behind it, how could you lose?
Thankfully, you can’t! We have been very fortunate to get this exclusive extensive look at the Mio Knight Rider GPS. No longer will you have a boring list of computerized voices telling you directions on your GPS – now you can have KITT himself!
It’s the first time since the TV Movie Knight Rider 2000 – has William Daniels been involved in anything officially Knight Rider. In fact it had been rumored for quite some time that Daniels wanted nothing to do with the series. We are thrilled that this was not the case, and now we have this device here, complete with newly recorded dialog by Mr. Daniels (this isn’t reused TV clipings, it’s 100% original recordings!)
One of the great unique features with this concept, is that KITT will address the driver by their first name. Simply set your name from the pre-recorded list of hundreds, and off you go. You can be Michael if you want to be a purist, but if your name is Aaron, Joe or David, you can have that personalized experience. (Unfortunately Devon, Bonnie, Wilton are missing from the list, but Mio hopes to address this error)
They’ve also taken several design cues from the Knight 2000. The device has dual nose type designs on the left and right, complete with a red type of scanner insert. However, the actual use of this scanners LEDs is to be KITTs voice box. It’s a pretty neat effect, and initially we were bummed that it wasn’t more accurate to the voice box to the series, but in the end the effect still felt the same.
Yes I realize it would make me one of the biggest dorks in Dorkville and fits in with my Grand Prix about as well as a polar bear in Hawaii, but damned if that doesn’t get my gadget geek revving into overdrive. The deal breaker will be to find out if they have my first name programmed into it.