Up to now, radar detectors have epitomized the ultimate in minimalist design: a couple of buttons or knobs, a couple of LEDs and a few hieroglyphs were all you got. No more. Now you get something that will probably prove just as distracting: a 1.5-inch touchscreen on two of Cobra's newest radar detectors.
Cobra touts the "full color graphic interface" as the feature that will make "setting up the radar detector fast and easy." Funny, we didn't think it was all that tricky to begin with. Alas, if setting up a new radar detector or switching between modes really got you down, then maybe your prayers have been answered. We certainly don't think it'll make the detectors any more difficult to operate, and it is much more colorful – yet ultimately, that bunch of glyphs on such a tiny screen seems like six of one, half-dozen of the other. You'll find Cobra's press release after the jump.
[Source: Cobra via Engadget]
Cobra Introduces World's First Full Color Touch Screen Radar Detector
2010 Radar Line Simplifies Setup and Expands AURATM Enabled Line of Detection Systems
CHICAGO, IL (January 5, 2010) -Cobra Electronics Corporation (NASDAQ:COBR) today announced the launch of the world's first touch screen radar detectors as part of its 2010 line of detection systems. The two new touch screen models simplify user setup and alert settings. In addition to the touch screen models, Cobra is introducing the first radar, laser and safety camera detector priced under $200.
The new XRS touch screen models, XRS 9970G and XRS 9965, feature a 1.5" full color graphic interface that makes setting up the radar detector fast and easy. Simply tap on the "menu" screen tab and scroll through the menus to set user settings such as the display colors, city/highway modes, IntelliMute™, Frequency Display Mode and other preferences, as well as the alert settings including turning on or off POP Mode, the detection of certain Bands and Low Car Battery Warning.
"The most inconvenient part of purchasing a new radar detector was setting it up," said Tony Mirabelli, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Cobra. "With the new touch screen models, we've removed the fumbling through button combinations to make changes. Just tap and set."
In addition to the touch screen interface, the new XRS 9970G also features enhanced AURA™ Camera Driving Hazard Database capabilities, plus IntelliView™ Pro which displays a photo-enforced alert as well as the speed of the vehicle if under radar surveillance.
Also new for 2010 is the XRS 9550G radar, laser and safety camera detector. This is the first full detection system under $200 that features 14 Bands of detection, Voice Alert™, POP detection and a lifetime subscription to the AURACamera and Driving Hazard Database.
The AURA database stores GPS coordinates of speed and red light cameras and driving hazards. Users can access this database online and download daily updates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By simply connecting the GPS Locator via USB, AURA subscribers synchronize the coordinates for the most current and accurate camera and dangerous intersection alerts. Drivers can also add up to 1,000 location-based alerts to ensure that they are alerted to temporary or moveable driving threats.
Cobra's 2010 line of radar detectors feature eco-friendly packaging and will be available at retailers nationwide and at www.cobra.com beginning March 2010. These new radar detectors have a suggested retail price range from $199.95 to $379.95. To learn more about Cobra's 2010 radar line, visit www.cobra.com or follow Cobra on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CobraElectronic or become a fan at www.facebook.com/CobraElectronics.
About Cobra Electronics
Cobra Electronics is a leading global designer and marketer of communication and navigation products, with a track record of delivering innovative and award-winning products. Building upon its leadership position in the GMRS/FRS two-way radio, radar detector and Citizens Band radio industries, Cobra identified new growth opportunities and has aggressively expanded into the marine market and has expanded its European operations. The Consumer Electronics Association, Forbes and Deloitte & Touche have all recognized Cobra for the company's innovation and industry leadership. To learn more about Cobra Electronics, please visit the Cobra site at www.cobra.com. Follow Cobra on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CobraElectronic or become a fan at www.facebook.com/CobraElectronics.