Finally! A backup camera that is truly wireless! Exige owners rejoice! - LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community
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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-21-2016, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Finally! A backup camera that is truly wireless! Exige owners rejoice!

From the Product Hunt page (https://www.producthunt.com/tech/pearl-rearvision):
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We're really excited to launch Pearl today. We believe that all drivers should have access to new car technologies without having to buy a new car. Here's a few more details on Rearvision:

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• Wireless backup camera installs in minutes and pairs with your phone
• Audible and visual alerts warn you of obstacles in your path
• Automatic software updates deliver ongoing enhancements
• Tap-to-pan offers easy control over super-wide views
• Night mode provides stunning clarity in low-light conditions
• Three-year warranty protects your investment

Pearl offers free shipping on preorders and has a 30-day money-back guarantee with free shipping on returns.




https://pearlauto.com

http://arstechnica.com/cars/2016/06/...ng-experience/

Full disclosure, I work at Pearl.

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Good find, looking into it now. This with our custom smartphone mount would be a nice combination.
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$500 lol
Wireless backup cameras that pair with your iphone have been around for ages and alot cheaper than that ??

scrap that,buy 5 of these
iPhone Android iPad WIFI car backup camera
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vaporware............non specific link to some sales page.................

500 bucks it appears when it exists

I will post soon a setup I have installed, narrow angle camera so you can actually see behind an Exige. Less than half that
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I didn't get to the price yet glad you saved me the time to forego this one.

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$500 lol
Wireless backup cameras that pair with your iphone have been around for ages and alot cheaper than that ??

scrap that,buy 5 of these
iPhone Android iPad WIFI car backup camera
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always happy to help Mick lol,yeah you need to fight your way to find it

https://pearlauto.com/

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I didn't get to the price yet glad you saved me the time to forego this one.

Therein lies the rub, haha

I have been meaning to get up with you about 3D printing a tablet mount. I'll shoot you a message soon so it doesn't derail here


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vaporware............non specific link to some sales page.................

500 bucks it appears when it exists

I will post soon a setup I have installed, narrow angle camera so you can actually see behind an Exige. Less than half that
Not necessarily vaporware - there is some press about it:

https://www.wired.com/2016/06/apple-...arview-camera/

Pearl Announces RearVision: World?s Most Advanced Automotive Backup Camera | Business Wire

That said, there appears to be an abundance of "leveraging competitive synergies across near-market verticals" kind of speak in contrast to zero specific details (like how this thing is powered - my guess is that thick section on the bottom is a battery casing) so I'm not hopeful. I'm also not a big fan of "yet-another-expensive-smartphone-accessory"

I'm getting some work done on my car, and I think I want to install an always-on rear camera, but I'm a little disappointed to find that most of the solutions are stuck in like 2004. There's literally not a single 1080p display single-din head unit that I can find anywhere. The same can be said of the cameras themselves - all of them seem to be low-def cameras (480p and below).

It's really disheartening because you can find 4in 1080p touch panels for like $15 on Aliexpress. You would think that some car stereo company would just stick a tablet chipset in a single-DIN unit do a little audio integration and call it a day, but there's basically nothing out there.

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From the tech specs (https://support.pearlauto.com/hc/en-...n-Tech-Specs):

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My first reaction is "why didn't I find that sooner?" - so I tried to navigate to it with the website.

I had to dig in the support section to find that - don't understand why it's not just listed on the product page (as opposed to the huge video). Hell, even Apple (kings of "the user shouldn't worry about the details - it should just work") does that.

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my issue was narrow angle cameras

for a always on rear camera, one needs a narrow field of view so that objects more than 2 feet away are not tiny dots.

It is disappointing that high def cameras and displays are not common, but this was the big sticking point in my view[hah]

[edit] so I banged out a quick post on my rearview setup.

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f133...lution-372634/

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$500 lol
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scrap that,buy 5 of these
iPhone Android iPad WIFI car backup camera
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I just can't do the phone thing. I want to see behind my Exige the whole time I'm driving, but still want to use my phone for other things.
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I just can't do the phone thing. I want to see behind my Exige the whole time I'm driving, but still want to use my phone for other things.
Use a small, cheap tablet for this instead. Walmart has the RCA on clearance for $25 today. Thought about picking one up for this but think I'll keep looking for one a higher quality screen with IPS (better viewing angles). Also would double as GPS which is nice... Often have problems with the touch interface of my Garmin GPS units.

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Intrigued I looked into the cheaper "iPhone Android iPad WIFI car backup camera" some more...

3.4 star reviews from Amazon. Most complaints are about the 1 second lag in image displayed, or refusing to connect whatsoever. Most customers seem satisfied with theirs. You can check all the reviews in this amazon link which sells this unit for $120 plus $10 shipping. If you decide to buy through Amazon, this is a better link (only 3 reviews which is why I didn't link it for checking out the reveiws) to use since it's cheaper ($114) and offers free/Prime shipping for those with Prime.

I thought about buying it, but then I noticed that there are several other wireless rear view camera offerings on Amazon for considerably less and I got lost/overwhelmed trying to sort out which ones had legit reviews/might be better so I'm giving up for now.

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My understanding is that the pearl automatically switches off the rear view above 10 mph (for safety reasons I think they say) so no permanent rear vision it seems
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