TMI, maker of VizuaLogic and the new SmartLogic brand, is introducing new headrests with embedded Android “tablets” at the SEMA show next month.
For an Internet connection, users connect their smartphone or portable hotspot. They may then watch Netflix, YouTube or access apps. The headrests also work with a wireless keyboard.
Users may download apps directly to the device so Facebook and Skype appear right on the headrest.
The headrest tablets include Bluetooth and they have an FM modulator to play audio throughout the car. They can operate independently of each other, accessing different apps and movie sources, or they can play different movies from the same source.
Inputs on the headrests include HDMI, USB and a microSD card slots and there’s an input to connect a DVD player.
As with other VizuaLogic headrests, they are custom assembled on-site in the U.S. to match the car’s interior in “scale, style, shape, stitching and texture,” said the company.
They are the first products in the new SmartLogic line of digital products from TMI that will include car video products with all-digital screens and communication with smartphones.
“A salesman in a new car dealer can go to his phone and see if there’s a product to match his customer’s car,” said TMI’s Brian Torres. The apps also offer technical support.