SmartRim adds breathing space to the ego
Few driving noises can be as damaging to the ego as that of a wheel scraping against the curb when parking. It means you’ve hopelessly misjudged your distances and inflicted some ugly and potentially expensive damage on the ‘alloys’. But help is on hand in the form of the SmartRim which uses a sensor that measures the time taken for ultrasonic waves to reflect off nearby objects dozens of times every second.
The device also contains a micro-electromechanical sensor that is used to constantly measure acceleration and can reportedly detect actions like a person entering the vehicle. This helps it to be aware of its environment and allows it to become active only when necessary, thus saving energy.
The product, attached in just a couple of minutes to the inside of a wheel well using a high bond adhesive and removable clip base-plate, is powered by a single AA battery that is said to last for more than 1000 parking cycles. What is more, the SmartRim is waterproof, dust-proof, dirt-proof, vibration-proof and able to operate between temperatures of -29 to 49°C. The sensors are wireless and relay information to an accompanying iOS mobile app, which is then used to provide alerts when the vehicle gets near to a curb, wall or other hazard.
An Indiegogo crowd funding campaign for the SmartRim has just launched, with a pledge of US$345 currently getting you a set of the sensors, when and if they reach production. A subsequent retail launch will reportedly see the system priced at $495 per vehicle, for which buyers will receive a sensor for each wheel and the SmartRim app. CLICK HERE TO VIEW the video.Sources: SmartRim, Indiegogo