Is That a Turbo? No it's iBoost! HKS and Bonobo Announce App Partnership
June 14, 2012 in Navigation
[prMac.com] New York, New York - Bonobo, developers behind the popular entertainment app iBoost, announce a partnership with HKS Japan. The collaboration adds HKS' iconic 'psssshhhht!' turbo sound and boost gauges to iBoost, the first app to enable any car to look and sound turbo. The App uses the iPhone's sensors to detect movement of the car; as users shift gears, iBoost triggers sounds that emulate a real turbocharged engine.
The partnership with HKS, premier manufacturer and supplier of automotive performance systems, marks the introduction of an officially licensed 'upgrade pack' for the iBoost App, enabling users to add replica HKS DB Meters RS gauges and SQV sounds to their car. For the first time, motoring fans can experience the feeling of driving with HKS gear, using just their phones and iBoost. Bonobo believe the collaboration will take the authenticity and appeal of the app to a whole new level.
"Working with HKS has been a blast, "says Nathan Hamey, lead designer on iBoost. "The partnership has given us pit-lane access to extract the best sounds possible from their SQV. We've also painstakingly crafted their boost gauges to look and respond just like the real thing. I think people are going to get a real buzz out of seeing and hearing authentic HKS gear in their car."
iBoost simulates owning a turbo by using the phone's sensors to detect the movement and acceleration of a car. Users can select from multiple gauges within the app that respond to driving in real time, and choose from a number of different blow off sounds sampled from real turbocharged engines. Every time the driver shifts gears, the app responds by playing turbo sounds through the speakers, helping give the illusion of driving a real turbo car.
Starting today, iBoost users can add unique HKS sounds and gauges to their cars by purchasing the optional HKS upgrade pack from within the app.
"We're thrilled to have the chance to be featured in iBoost," says Masaya Funayama, spokesperson for HKS. "It's is an incredibly well designed application and a lot of fun to play with. It's a great match for the HKS SQV!"
A publicly traded company headquartered in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan specializing in the production and sale of high performance aftermarket and accessory automotive parts and components. Please visit HKS online for more company information.
A press kit containing an embeddable high-definition video, print-resolution images and further information can be found at iBoost Turbo online.
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 45.6 MB
Pricing and Availability:
iBoost: Turbo Your Car! 4.0.2 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.
Bonobo is the creator of the iBoost app and other apps that have topped App Store charts around the world. Bonobo has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, TechCrunch and is located in New York, Melbourne, Canberra, Singapore and Montreal. For more information please visit Bonobo online.