Bringing the Text to Life
They have it in hotels. They have it in law firms. They have it in office buildings. They have it in high-end health clubs.
Now you can get it in your car. "OnStar" is not only a global satellite positioning system that tells you where you are and how to get where you're going. It's also an automotive fairy godmother - although it remains to be seen if it can produce, on demand, a tall, skim, decaf latte with extra foam and a shot of vanilla!
You simply press a button on the console attached to your rear-view mirror. Then you hear a voice saying, "What can I do for you?" - and calling you by name!
It's like a concierge from the clouds, somebody up in heaven watching out for you.
Newspaper columnist Tony Kornheiser tested the OnStar system by asking, "Can you pinpoint where I am?" adding quickly, "Don't be a wise guy and say, 'In your car.'"
"I'm showing you in Washington, D.C.," said the heavenly voice. "Let me zoom in ... I see you on ... 15th Street Northwest."