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  • The How-To Guide For Adding Wireless Charging to Apple Devices

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    Samsung may have beat Apple to integrating wireless charging in its devices, but that doesn’t mean iPhone users have to be tethered to a wall charger. There are a wide variety of adapters that Brandmotion carries allowing the iPhone to use a wireless charger.

    The iPhone 4 and 4S

    1106long This low profile charging sleeve is ideal for adding wireless charging capabilities to older iPhone 4/4S models.

    To add Qi wireless charging to the iPhone 4, the phone requires the addition of a protective sleeve with embedded charging coils. Featuring a rubber-like texture, the enhanced grip helps keep the phone in your hands, preventing catastrophic drops. (Part # FDMC-1106).

    The iPhone 5 and 5S

    1108 on iphone The iPhone 5/5S coil lays flat on the back of the phone when a protective case is added thanks to its ribbon coil.

    When the new iPhone 5 and 5S were released, they shifted to a thinner Lightning charger, which in turn allowed for even thinner wireless charging adapters. The iPhone 5/5S can use one of two options, a thin credit card sized adapter coil or a protective charging sleeve. The thin adapter coil plugs into the Lightning port and thanks to its thin ribbon cable, it folds neatly behind the phone allowing users to retain their favorite case (Part # FDMC-1108).

    1107 and 1105 Left: FDMC-1105 iPhone 5/5S case. Right: FDMC-1107 iPhone 5/5S case w/ micro USB pass though.

    The iPhone 5/5S can also utilize thin protective sleeves that the phone slides into, which feature an embedded coil similar to the iPhone 4 option. The FDMC-1107 case has a built in Lightning plug that fits into the phone’s charging port and from there has a micro USB pass through to allow charging with a wall outlet as well as a Qi wireless charging coil embedded into the case (Part #’s FDMC-1105 and FDMC-1107).

    The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

    1128 with arrow The FDMC-1126 (for iPhone 6) and FDMC-1128 (for iPhone 6 Plus) both feature a slide out Lightning plug for easy access to the charging port.

    With the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus comes a very attractive option to add wireless charging capabilities. A premium, ultra thin sleeve with rubberized coating gives the case a great look with enhanced grip, a great feature for the large bodied phones (Part #’s FDMC-1126 for iPhone 6 and FDMC-1128 for iPhone 6 Plus). The real benefit of the case is the embedded wireless charging coil with an innovative slide out Lightning plug that allows quick access to the charging port if the phone user decides they need to plug in a wall charger.

    1125 on iphone 6 A longer ribbon coil on the FDMC-1125 allows the charging coil to sit closer to the phone's center, letting the phone sit balanced on a charging pad.

    If the user has a favorite case they prefer over the charging sleeve, the thin charging coil that plugs into the phone's port and folds around the back is also available and works with a wide variety of cases (Part # FDMC-1125).

    Regardless of the Apple device, Brandmotion is committed to offering iPhone users an attractive and functional wireless charging adapter, so they too can enjoy the convenience of wireless charging!

    Visit www.Brandmotion.com/FreedomCharge to see the full line of charging adapters and vehicle kits.

  • Samsung Leads The Way In Wireless Charging

    s6 on qi puck The newly released Galaxy S6 on a wireless charging puck. Photo Credit: Mobile Syrup

    Phone manufacturers are always looking for the newest features to pack into their smartphones. In a market segmented by so many different brands and choices, its difficult to differentiate one product over another. Companies will often update existing features or add in novelty applications to garner consumer attention, but every so often they will get one that sticks.

    S5 side profile The Galaxy S5, with an unobtrusive Qi wireless charging adapter underneath the battery door.

    Samsung may have seen the trend years ago when Qi wireless charging first started to appear on the market. As far back as their Galaxy S3 flagship smartphone, phone users could remove their battery covers on their devices and see a few metal contacts next to the battery. They weren’t labeled, but did serve a purpose. Samsung had foreseen using wireless charging but never touted the ability. These metal pins were placed there as a way for wireless charging adapters to send power to the battery without having to “install” a permanent accessory in the phone. There was no need for an App either, it was just an effortless way for users to charge their phone

    S5 Group S5 without its battery cover.

    Fast forward to the Galaxy S4 and S5 models, and you’ll still find the same metal pins meant to incorporate wireless charging into the phone. With the release of the newest Galaxy model, the S6, Samsung took the technology a step further and built wireless charging directly into the phone.

    S5 Adapter Group Left: Arrows indicate metal pins for wireless charging adapters. Center: A credit card sized Qi wireless charging adapter for the S5. Right: AN S5 with a wireless charging adapter placed on top of the corresponding metal contacts.

    The Galaxy S6 isn’t the first phone to have Qi wireless charging built directly into the device and surely isn’t the last, but Samsung phone do have a certain ubiquity in the market over competitor’s devices such as the Droid Turbo and Droid Razer Maxx. The Samsung S3,S4 and S5 are some of the most common phones on the market, the S6 will most likely see the same success. As many companies try to outdo one another, wireless charging stands a good chance of becoming a very common feature in this year’s upcoming phones.

    Have a Galaxy S3, S4 or S5? Wireless charging adapters like the one shown in this article are available at www.brandmotion.com/freedomcharge. The one stop shop for all of your wireless charging needs!

  • Brandmotion Releases 3 Types of Factory Display Radio Interface Cameras

    ford 4 inch with image Pictured is a MyFord 4" Display Radio. Traditionally, a difficult radio to integrate with, Brandmotion now has a solution for.

    Here at Brandmotion, we have noticed a trend that more and more cars are coming with display radio systems instead of the traditional one-color radios. However, most cars do not come with a back up camera that connects into this screen, unless purchased with an expensive trim package. In 2015, we are launching a full line of vehicle specific Factory Display Radio Interface back up cameras. Pay for the safety you want and skip the features you can live without.

    We’ve even tapped into factory radio displays that previously had no solution in the market. The 4” MyFord display now has a Brandmotion solution for virtually any Ford vehicle, including the F150. Also available are kits for GM/Chevy MyLink radios, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep UConnect radios, as well as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes factory display radios.

    These cameras are designed to look factory and save you time and money on installation. Thanks to their in-line programming module, these kits require no need for dealer reflashing. Each kit comes with everything you need to complete the job. Brandmotion offers bundling options with a next-gen Panasonic OEM camera, or a Universal Snap-in CMOS Camera with parklines, or just the harness and programming module sold separately.

    You’ll find the 3 types of interface kits offered through Brandmotion listed below:

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    1) Camera Interface Harness Kit:
    For those that are looking to supply their own camera, we offer the vehicle harnessing and radio interface module by themselves. This is great for custom jobs and work with any camera with an RCA connector. The cameraless kits will feature a 9002-27xx part number.

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    2) OEM Camera Interface Kit:
    When it needs to look factory, choose our OEM camera option. Included in this kit is all the components you’ll need to tie in to the factory screen, plus, our new Gen 7 Panasonic OEM Camera (part # 9002-8701). This camera sports a crisper and brighter image over the previous generations. When your customer demands the same quality they get from the factory, this is the camera for them. These bundled kits will feature a 9002-87xx part number.

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    3) Parkline Camera Interface Kit:
    If your customer is looking for parklines, our Universal Snap-in Camera (part # FLTW-7603) is the perfect option for them. Included in this kit is all the components you’ll need to tie in to the factory screen. The small lip-mount camera protrudes slightly near the vehicle’s trunk release and provides the driver with a parklined view of what’s behind them. These bundled kits will feature a 9002-77xx part number.

    Please look at the latest app guide at: Rear Vision Application Guide. For current part numbers and compatibility questions email info@brandmotion.com or call us at (734) 619-1250.

     

  • Will you be going wireless?

    Chances are, you own a smartphone. They’re a common sight nowadays and can be found in most people’s possession at any given time. In 2007 Apple released the first generation of its ever popular iPhone, and since then, it has spurred a competition among the world’s cell phone manufacturers to produce the thinnest, feature-packed smartphones. However, for every feature that’s built-in, battery life suffers. Keeping that battery going is often a struggle between finding a power outlet, having the right kind of charger, or if you’re really having bad luck, both.

    Cable chargers are messy and bulky. It seems as though they have been over-looked when it comes to design and functinonality. They create a tangled mess, are an eyesore in both your home and car, and don’t fit well in your pocket.  So, why not rid yourself of the wire all together?

    FDMC C-200 FreedomCharge by Brandmotion is the first aftermarket wireless phone charger for vehicles. A seamless design gives users a convenient and cable-free way to charge their phones. Pictured is the FDMC-1210 Universal Kit.

    The idea of wireless charging has been around for a long time, originally demonstrated by Nikola Tesla, an inventor, in the 1800’s. Until just a few years ago, the technology was relatively unknown. Now, phone companies and car manufacturers are seeing the convenience and wide array of applications in wireless charging pads.

    No longer do you have to fumble around with your cable to plug the phone in. Simply place the phone on the pad and it will begin to charge. Imagine sitting at a restaurant with your phone on the table, charging. The technology is not just being touted as a novelty for electronic devices.  Battery drain from apps is a constant problem for phone users. Streaming music and using GPS are two heavily taxing tasks that a battery must cope with, not to mention internet and camera usage. By simply placing a phone on the mat, you can keep a steady stream of power flowing into the phone without any interference.

    The wireless charging standard, Qi, has a unique advantage over conductive chargers (the ones requiring metal contacts). Qi uses magnetic induction to pass through a multitude of surfaces in order to carry a charge from the transmitter to the receiver (your phone). This allows designers to keep a uniform surface and seamless design for vehicles and furniture.

    Ditching the cord is becoming more of a reality. You can expect to see a number of new products in your car and home being released as the technology is adopted. You’ll save yourself the hassle of trying to find an outlet and charger in the process!

  • 3D Printing and What It Means For the Automotive Industry

    In recent years, the 3D printing industry has seen explosive growth. It seems like there are new companies popping up everyday with their own version of the printers. Three-dimensional printers are part of an ever-expanding manufacturing industry, and with each passing year, their print times shorten and the amount of printable materials increases. Automotive companies like Ford have already invested in this technology to make prototypes, and even NASA is adopting this new tech.

    These printers work by depositing a thin layer of a selected material on top of a previous layer, gradually building up the object. The ability to literally print parts from scratch will give companies and hobbyists alike, a number of advantages.

    Check out the clip of a turbocharger housing being printed at the 2014 SEMA Summit.

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    Traditional manufacturing processes can take weeks or even months to deliver new parts, not to mention, they require huge facilities. If you’re not looking to get into manufacturing, you can still print items from the comfort of your own workshop in a variety of materials, NASA even created a food printer for the International Space Station.

    A Do-It-Yourselfer’s Dream
    With 3D printers, production possibilities are endless. The printers are able to produce any object without having to create a mold. This means, hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers can produce one-of-a-kind trim pieces for their vehicle or home.

    Research, Develop, Print
    Early test methods involved having a small number of parts produced to test. However, when a part didn’t perform quite like the engineers had believed it would, production and testing would come to a standstill. Companies now have the ability to print a part, test it, and make any necessary changes before sending it to production. Ford has been aggressively adopting 3D printers to reduce costs and part development. They have managed to cut development times by 25% and can now send sand molds directly to a foundry instead of making a second casting.

    Hard To Find Parts
    As years pass, the availability of parts for older car models becomes more and more scarce. Utilizing a 3D printer, part manufacturers or even hobbyists could make a replacement for that hard to find piece. You might also expect to see more one-of-a-kind vehicles and modifications on the road in the near future.

    Going Green
    There has been a majorpush for the green movement in recent years. Unfortunately, in manufacturing, waste is always an issue. Three-dimensional printers offer a solution to this age-old problem. Instead of producing large batches of parts, of which some may never be used, printers can make the exact number of parts that are needed. This will reduce unused inventory and wasted material.

    Three-dimensional printers stand to make a large impact not only within the automotive industry but many other aspects of daily life. We will see more and more products being printed in the very near future.

  • Brandmotion Unveils Its Showstoppers at the Hotrod and Restoration Show

    The president of Brandmotion, Jeff Varick, was recently at the Hotrod and Restoration Show in Indianapolis, IN. He brought with him a full line of products that integrate nicely into any car, both old and new.

    If you've been looking for a way to bring your old school hotrod into new school territory, you'll want to take a look at our newest product, FreedomCharge. It was on display at the show, being demoed to attendees. The wireless charging station for your phone installs cleanly into your vehicle for a clutter-less and cordless way to charge your cellphone. Not to mention, it makes a pretty cool "check out what I just got" item for any gear head that loves to show off his or her vehicle.

    Also on display was the uniquely designed Infinity mirror with an integrated HomeLink module. This mirror was designed without a bezel and gives off that retro look with a 21st century twist. With the HomeLink hidden at the bottom of the device, you'll keep that clean looking appearance but still have the convenience of the original module.

    Want to see what was featured at the show? Check out Jeff and the Brandmotion product line in the video below.

    Hotrod and Restoration Show Video

  • Top 10 Most Surprising Vehicles Without a Back Up Camera

    A recent ruling by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association has mandated that all cars under 10,000 pounds, starting model year 2019 and later must come with backup camera technology. There’s a good chance that the car you drive has a rearview camera, or at very least, the option to have one installed. This day and age, cameras and LCD screens are a common sight in most cars, but believe it or not, there are some out there that do not offer the safety of a rear vision camera system. Take a look at this list of the top 10 most surprising vehicles without the option for rear vision cameras. If you own one of these vehicles, it may be time to think about getting one.

    1. Jeep Wrangler

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    The Jeep Wrangler has seen an explosion in growth and popularity in recent years thanks to upgrades on the exterior and interior. It’s surprising that a car that has such low rear visibility, still does not offer a rear vision camera system option for any trim level.

    2. Jeep Patriot

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    For a car that was listed as IIHS’s Top Safety Pick, you’d think it would have the latest in preventive safety features. The Patriot is a fun car to drive and was appropriately awarded one of Consumer Guide’s “10 coolest cars under $18,000,” yet it lacks some of the most current technology.

    3. Dodge Challenger

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    The Challenger has been one of the most well received cars in its class. In 2013, AutoPacifica named the Challenger its best-in-class sports car. True to most sports cars, the Challenger features a low profile, which doesn’t help with its rear visibility. These cars can be a challenge to maneuver in parking lots, sounds like something a back up camera could solve.

    4. Toyota Prius-C

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    The Toyota Prius-C makes headlines as a vehicle featuring forward thinking. It was one of the first cars to incorporate a hybrid drive and solar panels to actively cool the interior. The small stature of the vehicle would make you think it has great visibility, but the sloping back creates a large blind spot for the driver, one that a camera could correct quite easily.

    5.The Entire Scion Lineup

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    Own a Scion? If you do, chances are you’ve noticed that there is no option for a factory installed backup camera. This is odd, seeing as how the Scion line up is built around customizing almost all parts of the car to fit the driver’s unique identity, as well as their wants and needs.

    6. Mini Lineup

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    Aside from the Hardtop, no other models in the Mini Cooper lineup feature a backup camera option. These vehicles have great visibility from the front, but the smaller windows in the back can make backing out difficult. With all of the great interior features and styling you can get with your Mini, a backup system would integrate nicely within their entire vehicle lineup and provide a safety edge.

     7. Mazda 5

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    Minivans are notorious for their lack of rear visibility, especially if you have a full load of cargo or passengers. Safety is a main concern, especially with vehicles transporting people. A rear vision camera would compliment such a long vehicle and make backing out much safer, as well as easier.

    8. Hyundai Accent

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    Compact cars are a high value that offer great mileage for a good price. Sadly, the Accent does not offer a rear vision camera system as an option. Due to the small stature of this vehicle, anyone sitting in the backseat could potentially obstruct the driver’s view of what’s behind them, a situation in which a camera system would make sense.

    9. Volkswagen Golf

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    Volkswagen vehicles are touted as efficient vehicles that get you from point A to point B and the rest of the alphabet thanks to their superior gas mileage. However, any successful journey starts with backing out of your driveway safely. Hatchbacks typically have blind spots in the rear where the roof supports are placed. A camera in the rear could save your vehicle, and most importantly, someone else’s safety.

    10. Dodge Avenger

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    This stylish vehicle has multiple optional amenities such as leather bucket seats, color matched rims, large in-dash displays and navigation. However, you won’t find a backup camera listed under any of the package options. A popular vehicle deserves a popular safety feature.

  • Become a HomeLink Dealer!

    HomeLink® has been a popular vehicle feature for over 15 years and millions of consumers have it on their vehicle from the factory, and enjoy its convenience and clean integration. Continue reading

  • Top 10 Cars for Infinity Mirror

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    Most of the time, purchasers of our new Infinity mirror are buying it to obtain the latest version of HomeLink in their vehicles in an easy to install product. But sometimes, the sheer design elegance and “retro modern” look of the Infinity mirror is what motivates. Winner of the 2012 Automotive News PACE award, and named to hint at the edgeless glass design, the Infinity mirror from Brandmotion is unlike the common rear view mirror encased in black plastic. This authentic OEM rear view mirror has a contemporary frameless design with a precision cut floating glass edge that gives it an elegant jewel-like look. The Infinity mirror is available with HomeLink, auto dimming technology and an optional compass display. It’s also starting to show up in new vehicles such as the 2014 Corvette, 2014 Dodge Viper and Tesla Model S. We thought it would be fun to look at some cars on the market today that the Infinity would also look great in. Here’s our top 10. Which car would you add to the list?
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    1. Ford Mustang - The Infinity mirror looks great in any sports car, but in the Mustang it looks amazing. Because the Infinity is 24% smaller than normal mirrors, the driver’s visibility is greatly increased out of the windshield. And, the Mustang’s main competitor, the Camaro, already has it.

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     2. Scion FR-S - Both the FR-S’s sister car, the Subaru BR-Z and the FR-S in Japan have the Infinity mirror direct from factory. Automotive purists who want the Japan spec mirror can now have it, and it does look great in this popular small sports car.

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     3. Jeep Wrangler - The reduction of size in the Infinity mirror makes the Wrangler’s small windshield a lot easier to see out of. Plus it looks surprisingly retro cool in a Jeep. This is also a great way to add HomeLink to your Wrangler since you can’t currently get it at the factory level.

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    4. Toyota Prius - Ininfity provides a high tech compliment a high tech car. The Prius is one of the most commonly requested cars to add HomeLink to. In fact, by adding the Infinity mirror, you can add 3 features that the Prius doesn’t come with: HomeLink, compass and auto dimming mirror.

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    5. Ford Fusion - The infinity mirror looks great in the brand new modern interior of the Fusion. Plus, if a Fusion owner wants HomeLink they would have to add the expensive moon roof package from Ford. But with the Infinity mirror you can add HomeLink to your new Fusion for far less.

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    6. Cadillac ATS - Since Cadillac will be making this feature standard in the 2014 model, many 2013 model owners are going to want this featutre as well. Also, you cant get HomeLink on the 2.5L S or 2.0L Turbo trim levels and OnStar is no longer in the mirror so you don’t have to worry about losing that feature.

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    7. Honda Civic - Another good example of a small car where the frameless Infinity mirror increases windshield visibility by 24% compared to conventional mirrors. Also, you can not get HomeLink in most trim levels.

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    8. Hyundai Genesis Coupe - The Infinity mirror really compliments the small interior of the Genisis Coupe. Another example of it being a perfect look for sports cars.

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    9. Nissan 370Z - The Infinity mirror looks right at home in this handsome sports car. And what sports car driver doesn’t want to see less mirror and more road?

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    10. Volkswagen Golf - The 2014 Golf has a brand new design and the Infinity mirror strikes a dramatic pose against the modern instrument panel. Also it’s a perfect method for adding HomeLink in a Golf since it isn’t available from factory. For the same reasons, it looks just as great in a Jetta.

  • The 10 Most Surprising Vehicles You Won't Find HomeLink® On

    HomeLink is a simple but elegant convenience feature that allows you to wirelessly control your garage door, front gate, and turn on your home’s security system while eliminating the conventional and clumsy remote. Tens of millions have been sold since its debut in 1995 and HomeLink and its little house icon are familiar to millions of Americans. But surprisingly, HomeLink is available on only 1/3rd of new vehicles from the manufacturer. More surprisingly yet is that HomeLink is not offered, either standard or as an option, on many high volume vehicles. Here is a list of the 10 best-selling vehicles that do not offer HomeLink at the factory level. Is your car on the list?

    1. Ford Focus

    • World's best-selling car
    • Over 1M units sold worldwide 2012
    • #4 Ranked affordable small car
    Ford Focus

    2. Toyota Corolla

    • 2nd Most selling car
    • Over 800K units sold worldwide in 2012
    • Top IIHS Safety Pic Award
    Toyota Corolla

    3. Chevy Cruz

    • Over 237K units sold in 2012
    • 13th Highest selling vehicle in America
    • #5 Ranked affordable small Car
    Chevy Cruz

    4. Toyota RAV4

    • Over 171K units sold in 2012
    • 18th Highest selling vehicle in America
    •  IIHS Top Safety Pick Award
    Toyota RAV4

    5. Volkswagen Jetta

    • Over 170K units sold in 2012
    • 19th Highest selling vehicle in America
    • IIHS Top Safety Pic Award
    Volkswagen Jetta

    6. Nissan Rogue

    • Over 142K Units sold in 2012
    • 26th Highest selling vehicle in America
    Nissan Rogue

    7. Jeep Wrangler

    • Over 141K units sold in 2012
    • 27th Highest selling vehicle in America
    • Awarded Best Resale Value for Compact SUVs by KBB
    Jeep Wrangler

    8. Toyota Tacoma

    • Over 141K units sold in 2012
    • 29th Highest selling vehicle in America
    • Highest selling compact pickup
    Toyota Tacoma

    9. Nissan Sentra

    • Over 106K units sold in 2012
    • Named “Most Affordable Compact Sedan” by Cars.com
    Nissan Sentra

    10. Chevrolet Sonic

    • Consumer Guide Automotive “Best Buy” award for subcompact cars
    • Over 80K Units sold in 2012
    • 5 Star overall rating from NHSTA
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