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Gesture controlled dashcam and telematics computer has dual HD cameras

May 17, 2018 — by Eric Brown 777 views

Klashwerks has launched a $299, gesture controlled “Raven” dashcam, security system, navigation tool, and OBD-II telematics reporting device, which runs Android on a Snapdragon 650 and offers front- and cabin-facing HD cameras.

Klashwerks’ Android-based Raven dashcam and automotive computer was a hit on Indiegogo and won a CES Innovation Award. Now it’s available publicly for $299.

The dashboard mounted device streams HD video 24/7 from road-and cabin-facing cameras to an Android or iOS app. Cloud-connected sensors provide a low-cost car security system, and there’s an OBD-II reporting tool to diagnose automotive issues and track driving behavior. There’s also a turn-by-turn navigation system with speeding alerts.

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Features provided by the Raven include:


  • Live video streaming
  • Video time-lapse for long journeys
  • 24/7 security monitoring
  • Speeding alerts
  • Real-time road advice
  • Road and weather condition updates
  • Next turn navigation
  • Eye level displays
  • Vehicle diagnostics
  • Video inside and outside of vehicle
  • Hand gesture controls
  • Fuel efficiency reports
  • Driver safety reports
  • Social-sharing capabilities

The 197 x 51 x 27.9mm device mounts on the dashboard or windshield and plugs into any OBD-II port with a CAN bus (any 2008 model or later). The OBD-II port powers the device, which also has a backup battery.

Raven, front and back
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Under the hood, the Raven runs Android on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 with 2x Cortex-A72 cores at up to 1.8GHz plus 4x Cortex-A53 cores and an Adreno 510 GPU. No RAM was listed, but the system has 16GB flash and a microSD slot for up to 256GB.

The Raven is further equipped with WiFi (with hotspot), Bluetooth with BLE, 4G LTE, and GPS. Sensors include proximity, accelerometer, gyroscope, air pressure, magnetometer, and temperature.

There are dual 320 x 320 pixel displays, but no touch support. Instead, you communicate via your mobile app or with hand gestures. The system has a high-fidelity speaker and dual noise canceling microphones, but we did not see any mention of voice support.

Raven after hours (left) and mobile app
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The device includes a 140-degree road-facing camera with a Sony STARVIS sensor and a 130-degree cabin-facing camera with an OmniVision CMOS sensor. Video is recorded to microSD storage at HD resolution and live streamed at 720p. The spec list also mentions “high-quality infrared night vision.”

Raven promo video

Further information

The Raven is available in North America for $299 at the Raven Store and at Amazon, which at publication time listed it as temporarily out of stock.There’s a 30-day free test drive, and three months of free LTE mobile data service after a $10 initiation fee using the only supported carrier: T-Mobile.

The LTE service is optional, as are the service plans, which provide the live video feeds, security and driving behavior alerts, and other extras. The plans include an $8/month Basic plan, a $16/month Video Streaming Plus that boosts your maximum number of live streaming “check-ins” per month from 60 to 150, and a $32/month Video Streaming Power User plan that increases check-ins to 400, and adds “remote cloud upload and download of selected time-lapses and video events.”

More information may be found at Klashwerks’ website.


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