It’s official — Spotify’s first gadget is here. The so-called Car Thing is a voice-controlled, Spotify-only device for your car. The streaming service recently launched their cool new gadget in limited quantities to invited users. You no longer have to use your phone to access your favorite tunes because this Bluetooth-connected device enables you to control Spotify without having to use a phone screen. This is an especially smart solution for people whose cars don’t have phone connections and built-in infotainment systems.
A Limited Debut of Spotify’s Car Thing
The Car Thing is currently only being released as a “limited product launch,” which means you can’t buy one yet. You can, however, sign up for the waitlist and hope someone from Spotify reaches out to you with an invitation to test the device. The selected U.S. users will only have to pay for shipping, as the gadget itself is free. Spotify hasn’t shared the number of devices it will be giving out. and according to sources, the company is trying to test the waters with this type of technology, so we don’t know how serious they are about a global launch.
The Car Thing is surprisingly small and lightweight. It’s thin, and it has two round buttons on the right side. The big one helps you navigate the screen, while the small one serves as a back button. There’s no speaker on the device itself — it rather works as a Spotify remote. You pair it with your phone through Bluetooth, and you’re free to use your smartphone however else you like, be it for navigation or something else.
Car Thing comes with a 12V adapter where you can plug in the USB-A to USB-C cable included in the setup. The downside is that you’ll have to keep the gadget plugged in at all times because it doesn’t have a rechargeable battery. The setup includes three different mounts, so you can easily attach it based on the configuration of your car. There is a dashboard mount, a vent mount, and a CD player mount.
American Flat Track Oval Racing is Definition of True Speed
The sheer speed you will experience at American Flat Track’s (AFT’s) Oval racing track is second to none. The level of motorsport skills these athletes possess is truly mind-blowing. Their understanding of the sport goes beyond the speed and the reaction time – they understand the physics behind it all. Let’s take a look at what all went down during the racing weekend.
Understanding AFT Series and the Classes
For those who are unaware of the nitty-gritty of AFT, it entails three classes of dirt track motorcycle racing. There is an AFT Singles class, an AFT Production Twins class, and an AFT SuperTwins class. In AFT Singles class, you will witness 450cc thumper dirtbikes compete against each other. In the Production Twins class, you will see modified Yamaha MT-07s, Ninja 650, and Harley XG750Rs compete. SuperTwins class saw Indian FTR750 dominate the track. AFT is action-packed from start to finish.
In a single day of racing, you will see a total of 18-on track sessions. It includes morning practice, two qualifying rounds, two semi-finals, and the main event for each of the three classes. The track is always busy, and every moment of it feels exciting. What most of the spectators (even those who regularly visit racing championships) would find shocking is that the racing line separated the pits by the distance of just 30 feet or so. The sight of people standing just a few feet away from the bikes racing at triple-digit speed was enough to induce all the adrenaline rush.
What Went Down at AFT Dirt Race
The most spine-chilling moment of the race would be to witness the flag fly during the Singles when two riders collided. Fan-favorite racer Shayna Texter-Bauman had someone crash into her. However, she carried on straight with four wheels tangled and interconnected and smartly slid into the inflatable crash barrier. Shayna settled for second place in that race. In the Production Twins class, Cory Texter won both of his mains. His speed was amazing, and no one could do anything about it. In the SuperTwins class, Jared Mees won both races by crossing the finish line several seconds ahead of the competition.