The Cobra JoyRide plugs into your cigarette lighter (a.k.a. UL standard 2089 receptacle) and provides a USB interface to an Android phone for charging and device control.
You can set the JoyRide to send commands to the phone when it is plugged in, and separate commands for when the big snake button (seen in the demo) is pressed once or twice. For instance, when you plug the phone in the car, you might want Wi-fi turned off, Bluetooth on, and the Maps app started. The button could play a particular playlist or call home.
The device and app should be available in the second quarter. The JoyRide accessory will cost $39 and the app will be free. Because the app uses the Android Open Accessory Platform to trigger events in the phone and this framework has no equivalent in iOS, it is not available for the iPhone.
Building A Mobile Business MindsetAmong 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps – and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of October 9, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."