Gadgets 1023

Published on April 28th, 2010 | by Greg


Don’t Get Blindsided, with 4UCam 4 Ur Blindspot

We are all for running over those inevitable skunks, but the neighbor’s cute butterball of a kitten and your three year old are not covered under your accidental insurance policy, so be careful in your blind spots, will you?
We know those blind spots can be tricky no matter how long you have been behind the wheel. We decided to see what the fuss was about regarding the 4UCam Wireless Backup Camera. It is a magnetic, portable, wireless camera designed to be hitched to just about anything: boat, car, camper, snowplow, or maybe even your covered wagon heading down the Oregon trail.

Both the camera and monitor feature a built-in rechargeable battery. The monitor is a 2.4” screen. Suffice it to say, we were confused as our box in hand claims it’s a 2.4” LCD monitor though the manufacturer website says 2.5 inches at some spots. We say it’s a 2.4” and let’s all get on the same page here. Accuracy is important especially when your website and product don’t match. We don’t mean to sound ingratiating, but we have a hard time believing a product will help save lives when simple product descriptions like actual screen size are overlooked, and pictures aren’t anywhere near scale.

The camera did redeem itself however with the easy installation. We mounted the magnetic camera to the tailgate of our car and viewed ourselves backing up and hitched-up.

We appreciated the auto power feature mode which turns the LCD monitor on when the camera is on and vice-versa. That helped save power especially since the charge time is two hours, though you can plug the included charger into the cigarette lighter- a bonus A/C adapter allows you to charge at home which is an added bonus.

Since vehicles come in various makes and models, you can mount the monitor to your dashboard, air-vent, or window, whichever is most convenient. 4UCam has other models available with larger monitors. We suggest you check out their demo test page to determine which monitor works best for the type of vehicle.

Pros of this magic device were the night vision that could monitor up to 12 feet. The sun-blocking feature kept the sun off our camera so the rays of light didn’t deter us from being able to be more conscientious drivers. However, we were concerned about the operating temps in colder states that actually do see a season called winter. This device was intended for 14 degrees to 122 degrees Fahrenheit so anyone living in extreme hot or cold climates should be advised.

We would suggest purchasing from the manufacturer, but be warned that the website is not very organized and can be confusing with multiple models on one page. Make sure when viewing demos that you know what particular camera you are looking at.

The price is around $150 but you are directed to a Paypal site and you must enter all your info before shipping costs appear. We might suggest using another site instead, such as Amazon.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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