Today's showcase features a number of car gadgets and accessories that are sure to change your commute forever...
If it isn't abundantly clear by now, the Internet of Things is no longer a novelty and everyone is looking to stay digitally connected to just about every part of their daily life. An area of significant digital growth over the past year or so has been the automobile. If you are like me, you spend a solid chunk of your day hanging out in your car going to and from work. Thankfully, some really creative gadget-makers have made that time a bit more entertaining and productive.
Here are some of the more interesting and cool digital car gadgets and accessories I have dug up in my web travels. As with all of my gadget posts, I will be updating this post as I stumble on more items. Also, be sure to follow the corresponding Pinterest board I have set up for more fun car accessories.
Cool Car Gadgets and Accessories
Three ways of using this net product: 1. Forward mounted between the front two seats; 2. Reverse mounted between the front two seats; 3. Mounted on the front seat back.
Instant Back Seat Entertainment. Perfect companion for long car journeys. Protect your iPad is mounted higher than other car mounts so it is safe from kicking feet and curious hands.
Small enough to sit in your vehicle's cup holder, the Star Wars R2-D2 USB Car Charger is compatible with anything that charges via USB (iPhones, smartphones, iPads, tablets, GPSes, etc.) as long as you have the cable! This Star Wars USB Charger features two (2) USB charging ports, each port provides 2.1 Amps (enough to charge 2 tablets simultaneously). Better yet, R2-D2's dome rotates and lights up; he whistles and he beeps (when power is connected and when your device begins to charge; force him to animate by pressing his center button which turns power to the ports on; sounds cannot be turned off). Blue/red LED inside the front radar eye lens indicates USB port power status.
Prevent Dangerous Distractions, keep your eyes on the road, and never search under your seats again!
The Car Vent Mount provides a safe and simple way to view navigation in the car. This cradle securely attaches your iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, or other compatible smartphone to an air vent on your car's dash for convenient eye-level viewing--no suction cup or adhesive required.
AirCast Auto easily connects your smartphone to your car stereo—no need for professional installation. Simply plug it into your car’s auxiliary input jack and use Bluetooth to pair with your phone. A convenient light ring makes it visible at all hours and blinks when calls come in. Plus, the power adapter with USB port lets you charge your smartphone while you drive.
You can remote start or lock and unlock your car just by pushing a button on your iPhone or iPod Touch; using the exciting new Viper SmartStart app from Directed Electronics, the leader in vehicle security and remote start. The simple graphical interface gives you control over the following features of your installed Viper remote start or security/remote start system:Lock/arm, Unlock/disarm, Remote car starter, Trunk release, Panic or car finder
The filemaster efficiency desk features a special opening in the top of the desk for a second storage area with hanging File folders. The File folders face the driver which makes it easier to see and access. The remaining desk top area is covered with the non-skid material. The large storage area is great for office tools and accessories and also for keeping a laptop hidden out-of-sight. Additional storage compartments hold small supplies such as pens, maps, etc.
You can now have KITT in Corvette with this Knight Rider USB Car Charger! This car charger has two 1.0 Amp USB ports which can charge most USB-powered devices. While your device powers up, the signature light sequence from KITT's voice box is synced to 11 different audio phrases from the TV show.
Never lose track of where car is parked. Free app provides exact location of parked car with satellite image of space. Alerts you when it doesn't detect the paired phone once engine is started.
The Evenflo Advanced Embrace DLX with SensorSafe showcases the SensorSafe technology where a smart chest clip and wireless receiver auto-sync to communicate with the driver through a series of gentle tones. The gentle chimes remind the driver when the chest clip is unbuckled during transit. Receiver also reminds the driver that baby is still in seat after arrival at destination. SensorSafe Technology provides peace of mind amid life's distractions.
No matter indoors or outdoors, the air pollutants are threatening our health, weakening and damaging our lungs. Asthma prevalence raises year by year and more and more people are diagnosed with breathing-related issues.
The SCOSCHE ReVolt Compact Dual Port USB Car Charger is the smallest and fastest charger. The dual USB port charger produces an amazing 24W and 4.8 amp total output (12W/2.4A per port), producing the fastest charge possible to all standard USB wireless devices. With the LED backlight, easily plug in your charging cable in a dark vehicle. Low profile design charger is configured for advanced iOS devices but will charge all Smartphones and includes optimized circuitry to avoid damage to any less powerful devices. Plug in any combination of iPads, iPhones, Tablets or Smartphones with your existing charge and sync cables.
Car air purifier produces negative ions that actually improve the air quality by destroying odor-causing particulates from the air, rather than simply covering up the smells like perfume.
Tuffy Security Product Tactical Gear Security Drawers are the state of the art in secure gear storage and organization. These highly functional, highly secure, and fully customizable drawer units are precision crafted from 16 gauge steel in the large drawers open smoothly on Tuffy exclusive slide system incorporating (8) heavy duty precision stainless steel roller bearings.
The Carpack is the ultimate car organizer that helps de-clutter your car, prevent items from sliding off your car seat and carry belongings out of your car with ease! Carpack has one large compartment and several smaller compartments to fit everything you need in a car. It can hold a ton of stuff. The top portion of Carpack can be closed and zipped, turning it into a bag - this makes it easy to remove things and keep them on trunk or to carry them from the car when needed. It comes with a removable shoulder strap to help carry items with ease. The Carpack has a strap on the back to secure it into the car seat, this helps it stay securely in place.
Bestrix Universal Headrest Tablet mount provides an easy solution to use your iPad while you are mobile. It is super easy to install and remove, and it instantly turn your car’s backseat into an entertainment center via this Universal tablet Mount, without blocking any of your tablet’s buttons, or jacks.
Jump start your vehicle (up to 7.2L gas or 5.5L diesel engine) up to 20 times with 800 amps of peak current and heavy duty clamps and cables. Compact enough to store in your glovebox.
Powered by Automatic CCA mobile app and low profile OBD LTE Adapter, Automatic provides real time GPS car tracking, check engine light diagnostics, 24/7 emergency services if a severe crash is detected, trip tracking for expenses and even smart home integrations including Alexa. The connected car assistant that gives you more knowledge about your car and the confidence to worry less on the road.
Reliable, Easy-to-use HD Driving Recorder with GPS
Garmin HUD+ receives navigation information from the free Garmin HUD smartphone app and projects it right onto your windshield. HUD+ automatically adjusts its brightness level, so its projections are clearly visible in direct sunlight or at night. HUD+ provides turn indicators, distance to your next turn, current speed and speed limit, and estimated time of arrival. It’ll even let you know which lane to be in for your next maneuver.
The Pick-up Pool is the ultimate truck-bed swimming pool. Say goodbye to messy rain tarps and bungee cords. The Pick-up Pool is designed to fit your truck and hold itself in place. Perfect for tailgate parties, camping, or your driveway. This pool goes where you go...just add water.
OMNI Factory Novelty Fire Missile Button Cigarette Lighter Cover Universal Design Fits Most Vehicles with Standard 12 Volt Power Source
Inflatable vehicle rack for carrying all types of gear and accessories; Makes a great CANOE RACK, KAYAK RACK, SURFBOARD RACK, SUP RACK and WINTER SPORTS RACK; LIGHTWEIGHT YET HEAVY-DUTY; Load capacity of 175lbs; Certified for use up to Highway Speeds.
One of the first in-car speakerphones to have 3 speakers coupled with Virtual Surround Sound. Sound so clear, you’ll think you’re talking to a passenger in the car. Also great for playing your favorite music. Prefer your car’s sound system? Just use the FM transmitter to send music and calls directly to your car radio. Dual-mic technology filters out everything but your voice. Background noises and honking cars disappear, so the other side hears you loud and clear.
Stick practically any gadget or loose item to this sticky mat - perfect for use in the car! Are you sick of seeing your gadgets, lighters, sunglasses, etc., flying off the dashboard of your car as you turn a corner? Grippy sticks almost anything and leaves NO sticky residue. Safely attach coins, parking tickets, lipstick, phones, mp3 players and more to the pad. The anti-slip mat ensures that everything is kept in place - and when you are ready to remove the item, simply pull it off gently.
The Satechi Universal Tablet CD Slot Mount conveniently mounts your tablet front and center along your dashboard where it can be easily viewed and reached.
DVD/CD Player, Bluetooth Audio Streaming, and MirrorLink Compatibility
Being comfortable is one of the biggest challenges when on the road. Specifically designed with safety in mind, the AutoExec Wheelmate fits with the steering wheel completely upside down. This allows you to make your steering one of the most ergonomic work spaces available. The Wheelmate can fit multiple different applications from holding your tablet, Bluetooth keyboard, or simply be used as an eating surface. The lightweight construction makes it easy to carry in a bag or stow away when not in use.
Can't find your keys? Just Press the button and follow the beeps! You'll never lose your valuables again
SpyTecGPS just made the best even better by reengineering a perennial favorite of the surveillance industry. The newly revamped GL300 tracker has near-perfect 4G coverage and now boasts an impressive 2.5 week battery life, all while maintaining the small size and reliability that is synonymous with SpyTecGPS.
The INNOVA Battery and Charging System Monitor displays the condition of your battery and charging system instantly. It protects the engine computer and 12-volt accessories from damaging surges when jump starting or recharging. Easily plugs into the vehicle's cigarette lighter or power receptacle to monitor battery and charging system voltage. The LCD screen displays the measured voltage with a bar graph to indicate battery charge level and the color-coded LEDs quickly identify the battery's charge status. The head pivots for easy viewing and angle adjustment.
A large number of accidents that occur happen because a vehicle is unsafe to drive on the road. FOBO Tire Plus is designed to promote road safety through maintenance of optimal tire pressure. FOBO Tire Plus is an advanced Wireless Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) using latest Bluetooth 4.0 that works directly with your Android and iOS device. With an intelligent In-Car monitoring unit that works on its own or simultaneously with your smartphone, FOBO Tire Plus monitors up to 600 kPa(87 psi) and give you an alert in the absence of a smartphone.
The Hammaka Hammock Hitch Stand takes leisure to a whole new level. Perfect for enthusiasts serious about recreation, the Hammock Hitch Stand easily attaches to any standard 2 inch hitch receiver. Made from durable steel with a powder coated finish for years of use. The 5-piece installation assembles in minutes. The stand is capable of holding up to 300 pounds so climb in and hang out with.
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