The convention formerly known only as the Consumer Electronics Show has always had its share of the sacred and the silly. The officially dubbed 2014 International CES was no exception: barbecue-grille-cleaning robots, 18-carat-gold earphones, and stun gun iPhone cases. Fortunately, products representing legitimate new trends were there aplenty.
Hyped for years, wearable technology is finally emerging from its gestational geek stage. But it’s not in the form of multi-pocketed wired jackets or creepy glasses; wearable computing has arrived and will keep on coming in the form of smart watches.
In the future, cars may be driving themselves down the road, but for the rest of the year it’s all about connected vehicles.
Distributor Petra industries hosted its 11th Annual Car Audio eXpo on Sunday, April 21st in Edmond, Okla. 26 manufacturers demonstrated products including Boss, Clarion, Cobra, Directed Electronics, Dual, Magellan, Parrot, Pioneer, Scosche, SiriusSX, Wilson and more.
As part of Dealerscope’s annual distributor roundtable, we asked executives of some of the leading companies to discuss the industry trend is having the biggest impact on their business and how they’re dealing with that trend so that it has a positive impact on their retail customers. Here’s what they had to say. For the full roundtable, make sure to check out Dealerscope’s April issue.
Today’s consumers come to stores armed with mobile devices, price lists, product reviews, family/friend recommendations and a handful (or driveful) of other information that has effectively turned the concept of an ‘assisted sale’ on its head. But in recent years distributors have helped retailers increase their close rates and maintain the viability of an assisted sales floor.
Magellan may be best known for its dashboard GPS navigation products, particularly its oversize offerings like the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB with its 7-inch screen.
But now it is making a product that helps bring a small screen to your dashboard, a GPS car kit that adds a more powerful antenna, speaker and charging for an iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S, as well as the third- and fourth-generation iPod Touch.
The $100 cradle has a 30-pin connector at the bottom and a secure ratcheting clamp at the top.
Magellan has just introduced five new models in its RoadMate GPS range, two of which have a new Safe Texting feature. The 4.3-inch 2255T-LMB and 5-inch 5265T-LMB will pair with a Bluetooth phone for hands-free conversations or send the caller a pre-selected and composed text message with a promise of calling them back or the vehicle's present location and estimated time or arrival. These two devices also support Magellan's back-up camera add-ons.
All five, including the other additions such as the 4.3-inch RoadMate 2240T-LM, 5-inch 5240T-LM
With the aid of a few apps (and a bit of self-restraint), the Nexus 7 can become the navigation and media center of your car's dashboard.
So, you've got your shiny new Google Nexus 7 in the mail and, after watching the lackluster "Transformers" movie that was included with the purchase, you're looking for something interesting to do with the 7-inch tablet. Why not transform your Nexus 7 into an automotive toolkit that helps you get from point A to B safely and can entertain you along the way?