Monthly Archives: June 2014

  • What is Qi?

    What is Qi? You may have heard the term used in conversation before, but in recent years, it has taken on a new meaning. When you’ve heard the term, yoga may come to mind, but what about your phone? The 21st Century Qi (pronounced “chee”) is becoming the new standard for charging your phone…wirelessly.

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    The ubiquity of cell phones has brought with them a mess of tangled cords and a plethora of different chargers. Cellphone and electronics manufacturers have sought to rid your counter tops, nightstands, and now - your car - from the mass of cables you steadily build up with each new device you purchase.

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    A group of Qi adopters, The Wireless Power Consortium, consists of 188 member companies. This group is making major strides towards firmly embedding its wireless charging standard. Four major automakers; Ford, Chrysler, General Motors and Toyota have adopted Qi as their standard for wireless charging in their upcoming vehicles, and others are expected to follow.

    You may be asking yourself, “How does it even work?” In order to charge a device, there needs to be an imbedded magnetic coil in the device that can be placed on top of a charging pad with a similar coil. This pairing transmits electricity a short distance from one device to another. Newer Android based phones are already being shipped with the technology built-in. However, Apple devices still need a sleeve to support this feature. The cases might not be such a bad thing since most phone owners have cases on their phones in the first place; stylish and low profile versions are already available in stores.

    The technology is already on the market and more devices are being built with the feature each day, it’s up to the consumer to adopt it.

    If you could cut the cord and free your phone, would you?

  • Brandmotion Expands Direct-Connect Camera Line

    Four new models fit increased number of vehicles equipped with display radios

    SOUTHFIELD, MICH., June 5, 2014 (SDG MEDIAWIRE) – Brandmotion, the Southfield, Mich.-based developer and supplier of integrated safety and personalization solutions for the automotive aftermarket, announced it has significantly expanded its line of direct-connect rear vision cameras for vehicle-specific applications. The product additions enable Brandmotion resellers to leverage the higher number of vehicles that come with display radios from the factory but that are not equipped with rear vision.

    As part of the expansion, Brandmotion introduced four new models and upgraded an existing top seller. Each of the kits comes equipped with an Authentic OEM™ camera that fits the recommended factory position at the rear of the vehicle. Vehicle-specific wiring harnesses with factory-match connectors pair the camera with the factory display radio.

    “In our research, we see the trend of carmakers moving toward larger display radios in order to offer consumers more features down the road,” said Jeff Varick, president of Brandmotion. “We can thank the smartphone and the industry’s desire to make their use in the vehicle safer by building their functionality into larger, touch screen car radios. At the same time, we can leverage the larger screen to create a safer driver experience when maneuvering the vehicle in and out of parking spaces and tight spots.”

    New to the line are part No. 9002-8538, which fits select 2013-2014 General Motors vehicles, and part No. 9002-8536, designed for Subaru vehicles in the same year span. Part No. 9002-8532 has been upgraded to work with the new Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango equipped with a 52-pin factory connector and either 8.4-inch or 5-inch display, extending its application from 2008 to 2014 on select Chrysler vehicles.

    Part No. 9002-8535, another line addition, is the company’s first application to work with 2013-2014 Mazda vehicles, and part No. 9002-8534, designed for select 2014-2015 Toyota vehicles equipped with a 24-pin factory connector, is a highly sought-after consumer solution.

    The new kits join the recently released part No. 1009-6503 (2013-2014 Ram equipped with 5-inch or 8.4-inch display), as well as parts No. 9002-8537 (2012-2013 Honda Civic), 9002-8531 (select 2011-2014 Chrysler vehicles) and 9002-8530 (2012-2014 Toyota vehicles). In addition to the time-saving and reliability enhancing aspects of the installation, four of the kits require no additional programming from the dealership to initiate them with the display radio.

    Brandmotion will continue to expand the line as more vehicles become equipped with factory display radios. For more information, contact Brandmotion at (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion.com or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at facebook.com/brandmotion.

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