Fuel dispenser manufacturer Dresser Wayne is using the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show to showcase its new Ovation2 iX dispenser, which enables consumers to wirelessly transfer music to their car while pumping gas.
<p>Dresser Wayne's Ovation2 iX fuel dispenser is an internet-ready, WiFi-capable gas pump with a 15-inch touchscreen and speakers that enables the transfer of media content to other WiFi-enabled devices. <br /><br />Dresser Wayne's demonstration at CES will feature a Microsoft Windows Automotive-enabled Alpine Electronics stereo and navigation system installed in a Lincoln Navigator. As part of the demonstration, audio files will be purchased and downloaded from the Dresser Wayne fuel dispenser to a compatible media device â€“ either a mobile phone or an entertainment system – and then played through the vehicle's stereo system.<br /><br />The Dresser Wayne fuel dispenser, Alpine Electronics stereo and navigation system and cell phone all easily integrate via their common Microsoft Windows CE platform, .NET framework and Bluetooth interface, the manufacturer explained. It also stated that the demonstration offers a first glimpse into one of many examples of the future of fueling.<br /><br />In addition to demonstrating the ability to wirelessly transfer audio files in real-time from its latest Ovation2 iX fuel dispenser to Microsoft Windows Automotive-enabled devices at the show; Dresser Wayne will also be talking up iX Media Enterprise, the dispenser's software application that supports audio and video functions. <br /><br />As well as offering real-time internet news headlines, traffic information and weather reports on its VGA screen, the fuel dispenser provides customers with customized, full-motion video promotions and specials while they fill up. Consumers also have the option to print coupons for special offers, such as for a discount on a cup of coffee or an oil change.<br /><br />Working with Microsoft has enabled us to bring unrivaled innovations to consumers [at] the gas pump. With our latest fuel dispenser and Windows CE-based applications, consumers can now be more productive and enjoy some of the same online luxuries right at the pump that used to be confined to their PC, said Dan Harrell, vice president of global product architecture for Dresser Wayne. <br /><br />What was recently a mere concept is now becoming a reality in which consumers can experience a new world of interactive fueling, whether it's downloading media, getting printed directions, or reading the latest news headlines while filling their tanks, he continued.<br /><br />The new fuel dispenser is currently available, with a 10.4-inch VGA screen, for petroleum retailers in North America, and soon to be available globally. The larger 15-inch interactive touch screen showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show will be available later this year.</p>