No more XM Hacking

As the title implies, I can no longer produce the H3 Quick n’ Simple Auxiliary Audio Input and the short run of Bluetooth capable version. The featured image is an image of the part that I can no longer purchase because it is out of production. But do not worry, I was aware of running out of these parts long ago and have been preparing for just this case. In fact, I think these new parts in combination will result in an even better experience than what Quick n’ Simple Auxiliary Input could ever povide.

The two parts that I have created work in combination to help integrate an aftermarket radio H3 Hummer to maintain a near factory look. I created the OnStar Microphone Adapter so that I could use the factory OnStar microphone in each every North American H3 Hummer. Otherwise, there would a be an ugly aftermarket microphone clipped on the driver side pillar. The Onstar Microphone Adapter works with nearly every single OnStar equipped vehicle from 2003 to 2010. I also created a bracket to mount a back-up camera that for all practical purposes, looks factory.

I bet most people are like me and think that most aftermarket radios are just plain ugly. If the manufacturers would just focus on making the radio look a bit more factory, they could sell so many more units. However, I think SONY is currently thinking the same thing. Take a look at the SONY XAV-AX100 or the SONY XAV-AX210, and be the judge of how close these radios look like the factory navigation unit that some H3 Hummers where originally equipped with. Then take note that these two radios have in-dash turn-by-turn directions, hands-free calling, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, access to all the music out there, works with podcasts, voice automated searches, can be asked “Whats the weather for tomorrow”, and so much more.

While it does cost a bit more, the conveniences provided are more valuable. Before I had this setup, the H3 Hummer felt dated and old. But now that I have Android Auto and Apple Carplay in the dash of my H3 Hummer, it feels modern. As a final bid for confidence, having used Android Auto for the past year, I will never purchase another vehicle with it.

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