Cobra is introducing an in-car device that automatically sets your Android phone to settings ideal for the car.
The device, called the “JoyRide,” is actually a car charger with Bluetooth.
When you plug the phone into the JoyRide you can download a free app, which lets you choose the settings for your phone in the car. Then it automatically switches your phone into a “Car Mode.” Car mode settings might activate a navigation app, or a Cobra iRadar app, turn on Bluetooth, and turn off WiFi, as examples. Or it could disable texting. Then when you disconnect from the charger, it reverts to your normal settings. The charger works only with Android phones and will sell for $24.95.
Cobra is also introducing a new premium radar detector called the Vedetta. It has a 2.4 inch display on a multi-axis hinge so that you can mount the display in one of several locations on the windshield and still see the display. If you mount it low on the windshield, you can avoid cords draping down in plain view. One version of the Vedetta (SLR 650G) will include Cobra’s AURA database of traffic cameras. The line includes the SLR 500, 600 and 650G at prices from $199 to $299. They ship in the third quarter.
Cobra also updated its Cobra Tag—a small keyfob device that uses Bluetooth to let you know when you’ve become separated from a smartphone or your keys or laptop or another device you want to protect. The new Tag G5 now runs on the low energy Bluetooth v4.0 standard so the battery life can be extended to up to 6 months (when it’s paired with a Bluetooth Smart Ready phone such as the iPhone 4S). It requires a free app.
Source: Cobra Electronics