It’s called Pearl. That’s the name of Apple Inc.’s newest rival, at least in the iPhone accessories department. Already at an advantage, the startup has more in common with the U.S. tech giant than most other gadget makers could hope for. Three former Apple engineers sit at the heart of this company. They are joined by several dozen other designers who used to work for the iPhone maker as well. Together these people form Pearl — a gadget maker that could could give the iPhone and other smartphone accessory makers a difficult time in the near future.
Former Apple workers help you drive better
Pearl has nifty new gadget on offer. It’s called RearVision and creatively gives drivers without rear view cameras an excellent display of what’s going on behind them. The accessory is attachable to your car’s license plate. It is also compatible with any iOS or android device and links via Bluetooth connection. Once set up and enabled, RearVision would give drivers a crystal clear, 180-degree view of what’s coming up behind their cars.
Unlike many phone add-on devices, RearVison requires no concerns when its comes to charging. Thanks to an solar panel instilled in the device, a day parked out in the sun offers a whole week’s work of power. Better yet, according to co-founder Bryan Gardener, the gadget can store up to a months worth of power in its reserves. It’s literally one the few gadgets users can attach to their cars and forget about until they need to use it again.
The device can also monitor speed and motion, but that is a lot more for its own efficiency rather than the driver’s. With the user’s iPhone mounted on their dashboard, the app can quickly be enabled. Once set up, reversing in one’s car also enables the app. Once the driver moves forward above ten mile per hour, RearVision then offers access to other popular driving apps like Google Maps, Apple Maps, Apple Music or Spotify.
Bridging the gap for the inevitable
Garder believes the tool would greatly assist drivers without rear-view cameras installed in their cars. It promotes safety on the road and fills a tiny gap in the auto industry. New cars will have to come standard with such hardware by the year 2018. This motion was approved by the U.S.’s National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA). However, until that standard is set there will be a large number of cars still without rear-view hardware.
“We saw the entire industry focused on new cars. So we figured lets focus on the existing install base,” Gardener said. A large majority of cars on our roads are without new innovative driver awareness packages that are seen in most newer car models today.
RearVision isn’t yet available but is up for pre-order for those who wish to get their hands on the car safety accessory as soon as possible. Those interested can order the gadget for their iPhone or Android device for $499.99. The add-on is expected to begin shipping in September this year.