CrackBerry @ BlackBerry: Inside the 2011 Dodge Police Interceptor Car w/ PlayBook Integration

By Kevin Michaluk on 19 Jul 2011 01:14 pm EDT

If you watched the video last week of me stealing a BlackBerry Bold 9900 from RIM's headquarters in Waterloo, you also saw me get caught and tossed into a cop car. Keen CrackBerry eyes may have noticed that wasn't just any 'ole police car, but rather Mobile Innovation's 2011 Dodge Police Interceptor concept car. Created by Mobile Innovations and featuring a ton of gear from D&R Electronics, the highlight of car is that it features BlackBerry PlayBook Integration. Be sure to check out our preview post on this, and then watch the video above for my real-life tour.

As you'll see in the video, the BlackBerry PlayBook integration here is really solid, with the PlayBook pretty much running all of the car's cop-tastic features, including all the lights and sounds. You can of course use it too for running checks on people. BlackBerry PlayBook owners jonesing for a bluetooth keyboard will want pay close attention to the video... especially at the 3m35s mark. Pretty cool, hey? 

I know nobody wants to end up in the back of a police car, but at least if it were ever to happen to me (again), I'd definitely want it to be a cop car rocking a PlayBook! 

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CrackBerry @ BlackBerry: Inside the 2011 Dodge Police Interceptor Car w/ PlayBook Integration


Simply amazing how everything is connected together with two-way operability. This is the BlackBerry platform I'm talking about, all about solid quality and reliability. And, that's the first time I've seen the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader in action, pretty intense!

Is that a RIM keyboard for the PlayBook? I had to take a second look at that portion in the video, just wow! Any word when these will be available? :)

P.S. Good work with the camera, Kevin. Great video! (Love the Canon HF S200.)

~ Yousif

Here is a signed, blank cheque. Get me one of those rim keyboards and you can put in any dollar amount you'd like!!!! I LOVE my Playbook but in the fall I am going to need a wireless keyboard for taking notes on it in class, and this is EXACTLY what I was looking for!!

I so much want Rim to hit one out of the park, but today's update looks like it breaks stuff for the playbook. I don't want those in blue, who put their lives at risk with each detail, relying on a device that may lose its connectivity due to an update. RIM has to be better than this.

I watched this video on my playbook. i wanted to see something, and I almost swiped my own playbook to try to swipe on his.

derp derp derp

From looking at this I think it's a bit too "wireless" for my liking. If it's going to be confined in the police car the idea of tethering to the phone and bluetooth wireless keyboard... I don't think it really works right. C'mon this is the police department! Honestly they should be able to commission RIM to make some more hardwired version of the PB. Basically everything seems really slow and unresponsive because of the wireless tech that's in use.

Now maybe it'll just get better once it's out of concept and actually in use, but I doubt it.