I first heard about Android rear view mirrors back in 2012 with a solution designed by Huawei running Android 2.3. But this morning, DealExtreme listed three Android rear view mirrors, with model names like EL-H100, EL-H200, and EL-H800 selling between $120 to $216 depending on the features. The mirrors feature 4.3″ to 5″ displays, and all come with dual camera support, run Android 4.0, and seem powered by AllWinner A10 or A13 ARM Cortex A8 processor, with the most expensive (EL-H800) also supporting Bluetooth and GPS. One model also support IR night vision (EL-H100).
Features and specifications for EL-H800 model are listed as follows:
- SoC – AllWinner A13 ARM Cortex A8 @ 1.2GHz with Mali-400 GPU
- System Memory – 512MB DDR3
- Storage – 8GB flash and micro SD slot up to 32GB
- Display – 5″ TFT Touch Screen, 800×480 resolution
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi and Bluetooth earphone support, FM radio
- Video In – AV-IN support
- Audio – Earphone jack, mono speakers, microphone
- 2x 5.0MP camera lenses, with 140 deg wide angle, and 5x optical zoom.
- DVR function supported @ 1080p30
- Motion detection, timestamp, anti-shake, auto-white balance. IR night vision NOT supported.
- USB – 1x mini USB 2.0 port for data interface
- 5V/1A DC via cable connected to car charger
- 800 mAh battery
- Dimensions – 17 cm x 12 cm x 11 cm
- Weight – 750 grams
The kit is sold with the “Car DVR” rear view mirror, a rear camera, a DC 5V/1A car charger + cable (3 meters), a USB cable, as well as a user’s manual in English and Chinese. The pictures also show a Bluetooth audio headset, but it’s not listed in the product page… Having a rear view mirror running Android on half the screen seems like a distraction, and I’m not even sure how this can be legal… Nevertheless, I’ve searched for video to better understand what could be done with these models, but there weren’t any, and instead I’ve seen an interesting video for Germind JM-043LA Android rear view mirror which shows the different use cases including voice input, GPS, etc… Some of the features supported by the Germind model may not be supported by the EL-Hxx models.
Beside the products listed on DX, I could also find a model called B6000 on GeekBuying with GPS ($127) with a few positive users’ feedback, and Maxxiss on Amazon ($250), both also based on AllWinner A10. All these car DVR systems based on AllWinner may partially explain why the company is now working on V10 and V15 SoCs specifically for car and sports DVRs.
Shenzhen Elebest Technology (HK) appears to be the manufacturer of the EL-Hxx models, but only EL-H800 is listed on their website.