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Microsoft Powers Gas Pump of the Future


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Microsoft Powers Gas Pump of the Future

A gas pump that can fuel your car while loading up your iPod with MP3 files took top honors at Microsoft's Mobile & Embedded DevCon, now underway in Las Vegas.

 

The Ovation iX fuel dispenser, designed by Dresser Wayne of Austin, Texas, earned the company kudos as Microsoft's 2006 OEM embedded partner of the year for its use of the software giant's Windows CE operating system in the pump.

 

Windows CE is used to control what Dresser calls its iX technology platform. The latter controls the key features of the pump, which includes a 10.4-inch color display that can bombard consumers with commercials while they gas up. A built-in printer can dispense promotional coupons.

The software also ties the pump directly into the convenience store area that's part of most modern gas stations. "You'll be able to stop for gas and without ever leaving the pump, buy a cup of coffee and a lottery ticket, download an MP3, and check traffic reports," Dresser Wayne director of marketing Dan Harrell said in a statement earlier this year, when the pump was previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

 

From the seller side of the equation, the Ovation is billed as an advanced platform that'll enable service stations to increase revenue and lower costs. It's also got a built-in, self-calibrating fuel meter, which Dresser Wayne promotes in its materials as "field-proven to save [station owners] thousands of gallons of lost fuel every year."

 

Unfortunately, the next-generation pump is unlikely to do anything about the rising prices of gas.

 

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I can just see it now..... Gas pump DOS attacks causing pumps across the nation to lock up. Add to that the confusion of little old ladies (and men) accidently pressing buttons they can't read. Your credit card info automatically entered into Microsoft's passport system. No thanks.

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I can just see it now..... Gas pump DOS attacks causing pumps across the nation to lock up. Add to that the confusion of little old ladies (and men) accidently pressing buttons they can't read. Your credit card info automatically entered into Microsoft's passport system. No thanks.

Headline: Spring Break - Long lines at gas stations as college students spend an average of 12 minutes downloading songs to their iPods. New fuel pumps cause average customer time to increase by 83% as they navigate menus looking for how to pay for the gas without getting charged for an iPod download and a cup of coffee in the store.

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Headline: Spring Break - Long lines at gas stations as college students spend an average of 12 minutes downloading songs to their iPods. New fuel pumps cause average customer time to increase by 83% as they navigate menus looking for how to pay for the gas without getting charged for an iPod download and a cup of coffee in the store.

 

ROFLMAO!

 

Thanks. I needed a good laugh.

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And just as sure as you know, soon or or later to get that iPOD download, cup of coffee or see a video or whatever, it will cost you extra. There were several stations here in southern California that also had car wshes, that after you filled your tank with gas, it "AUTOMATICALY" charged you for a wash job. Unless with in about a minute you pushed a button on the pump that said "No, No wash Today" or something like that. It took me a couple of fill ups before I realized I was paying for a wash job. Now what's that about these new gas pumps ??? :)

 

Frank....

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