Make Your Car Doors and Voice-Mails Disappear

With these gadgets, voice-mail and car doors could be things of the past.
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Now you see it, now you don't. Gadget Grrl has found these unique, functional disappearing car doors. For the mobile executive who wants the ultimate in auto luxury and style, let this company create doors that slide down and underneath your car.

Another neat trick -- now you hear it, now you don't! Still in beta form, the Quicktate changes the way you receive and send voice-mails and notes. Check it out while it is still free!


Quicktate is a new service that transcribes your voice-mails and/or personal notes into notes and delivers them via email or text. It also has a compatible Web widget for the



Quicktate is currently in beta and is free for now. Here is how it works.

Set up an account with your name, email address and cell-phone number. Once your email has been verified, you're asked to create a user name and password along with a PIN number to access the account.

Quicktate assigns you a phone number to check your voice-mail by phone, and to activate/deactivate your account.

For example, if you are en route to your next appointment and don't have time or can't access your phone to listen to your emails, you can activate your Quicktate account, and the messages will be transcribed, and you can read them instead of listening to them.

I like the personal-notes feature of this service. This enables you to call the service and dictate notes that are then transcribed and delivered via email or text message. This is something that most mobile executives would probably use because of the instantaneous delivery of the notes. Message- and note-taking devices have not been practical in the past, because the notes still had to be transcribed.

Quicktate also claims that companies can save time and money by not having to listen to voice-mails because if the calls are transcribed, they can be routed to the appropriate person to handle in a more timely manner than working their way through receptionists and assistants. And alerts could be sent out simultaneously to a large group of people without spending the time of making calls or re-creating email lists.

As mentioned, this service is in beta, so we'll see if it takes off.


For the mobile executive who wants the ultimate in auto luxury and style, there is the Disappearing Car Door. This company, located in Southern California, will transform your car, in most cases by removing the B-bar between the windows in order to create doors that slide down and underneath your car.

The video on the Web site is slick, hip and fascinating, especially if you live in a large metropolitan area where parking is an issue. The Disappearing Door(s) enable passengers to climb into and out of a car that is parked within inches of another car.

Seeing the video also makes it apparent how much more space you would have if the doors went away. Removing packages, passengers, buckling up -- all these activities could be seamless with this technology. Prices vary on installation, depending on the make and model of your vehicle.

Site to see


This site gives you the ability to send pink, "while you were out" phone message notes. This might be something your answering service and/or assistant might use, because with options like, "please call, will phone again and left package," it's easy to fill in the note and get the info you need without a long, drawn-out message. And it's



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