Comics steer transatlantic virtual gig
COMEDIANS Jay Leno and Jimmy Carr have performed together using a virtual link while sitting in cars on opposite sides of the world.
Leno in the US and Carr in the UK — 10,000km apart — each sat in the front seat of a Ford Focus with a wi-fi SYNC system, and used the link to Skype each other on tablets.
‘‘It’s great to do something that is cutting edge, to chat about cars, gadgets and have a laugh,’’ said Carr about sharing the internet stage with the stand-up and talk show star.
‘‘The one place we spend more time than anywhere except our house or office is the car,’’ Leno said. ‘‘It’s not a surprise people want the same gadgetry on the road.’’
The Ford wi-fi system uses an external USB broadband modem, plugged into the vehicle’s media system, effectively turning it into a rolling Wi-Fi hot spot. By broadcasting a secure wireless connection throughout the vehicle, the system allows up to five passengers with Wi-Fienabled mobile devices to access the signal. It is not yet available in Australia.
The one place we spend more time than anywhere except our house or office is the car
US comedian Jay Leno in an early Ford model