Enjoy The View with The New SmartMirror

Drivers can't live without interior mirrors and if they also include high-end features such as Bluetooth support, in-built GPS functions and integrated speakers, the whole device gets even more useful. Mostly characterized by the features mentioned above, SmartMirror comes as the perfect replacement for the traditional interior mirror, allowing drivers to talk on the phone, get directions or view the rear side of the car while keeping the hands on the steering wheel.

So let's get to more technical stuff. SmartMirror comes with a 4-inch touchscreen LCD monitor with an aspect ratio of 16:9, an integrated speaker and built-in Bluetooth functions that allow you to pair the device with your mobile phone and talk to your friends while remaining focused on the road. More important, the device allows you to transfer an active call from the mirror to the phone whenever you need to exit the car without the risk of dropping the call.

SmartMirror has an internal memory of 64MB, but it can be easily increased to up to 2GB using the integrated SD card slot. And yes, the memory is quite an important feature of this device because it lets you store maps for the GPS system, in this case Navigon Mobile Navigator 6.5. Beside all of these, the gadget offers text-to-speed pronunciation for all street names in the United States and North America but the service may be expanded to other countries in the near future.

The mirror can also act as a monitor for a camera mounted on the rear side of the car, allowing you to park the vehicle just like it would be equipped with stand-alone parking sensors. You should also know that SmartMirror has a storage temperature of -20 to +65 degrees Celsius while the operational temperature range is probably somewhere around -10 to +40 degrees Celsius.

And now, the price. Initially launched in August but reintroduced today thanks to its success on the market, SmartMirror can be purchased for an estimated price of $800. Some of you may believe that it is way too expensive, but just think a little bit: a powerful GPS unit could be purchased for about 450 or 500 bucks so taking in consideration that SmartMirror also comes with Bluetooth support, a 4-inch display and SD card slot, it may be a smart acquisition.

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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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