How to Choose the Right GPS Fitness Tracker

How to Choose the Right GPS Fitness Tracker

A good fitness tracker can help you keep track of vital statistics during your workout session, from the number of calories you burn to the distance traveled. Some people claim that a fitness tracker has very similar information to a smart phone with the applicable applications. The global positioning tracker is perhaps the most valued application on the fitness tracker because it uses a satellite to obtain information to provide precise geographical information on your movements and current location. Runners love the fact that a good GPS fitness tracker will let you monitor the terrain you are traversing and if you are training for a competition, this information will help you modify your conditioning to compete at your best level.

There is a wide array of fitness trackers available and they all have specific pros and cons as to their function. This can make the decision of which one to invest in a tricky one. Consider the reasons for purchasing a fitness tracker and make sure it fits your budget as well as being compatible with your electronic devices. If you have a mac computer, you need a GPS fitness tracker that will be compatible with the technology you have. Windows and mac operating systems are not compatible with each other!

It is important to do your research and really think about your needs before running to the nearest store to purchase one of these wearable devices. The type of display and run time of battery usage are among the important pieces of information to consider. Does it have a heart monitor? How about a sleep monitor in case you want to track your sleeping habits?

If you are into sports, consider a GPS fitness tracker that will benefit your specific sport. For example, if you are into swimming, make certain the fitness tracker you choose will be waterproof and durable. Runners want to have information on how they can improve their running. Orienteering or geo caching enthusiasts need to have a device that helps them with maps and tracking where they have been. Fitbit and Garmin have a wide range of GPS trackers for the diverse types of information available, which brings another consideration to the table. No matter which fitness tracker you decide to choose, the application is one of the most important pieces to consider because it helps you use the information gathered in the most efficient manner. Information needs to be used like currency to help your fitness and quality of life.

A Quick Guide to the 2016 Garmin GPS Navigators

Garmin GPS

Garmin continues to stay at the top of their game as the worldwide leader in satellite navigation with four models for 2016, namely the Garmin Drive™, Garmin DriveSmart™, Garmin DriveAssist™ and Garmin DriveLuxe™. Here’s a quick guide to the features of these 4 new models :

The newest in the product line, Garmin Drive™, is specifically designed to help increase driver situational awareness, boasting new driver awareness features and new driver alerts to help remove some distractions encountered by drivers and help them stay aware on the road. These new alerts include warnings for sharp upcoming curves, red light and speed camera alerts, fatigue warning alerts and even traffic information with fast-approaching traffic jam notifications. The Garmin Drive 50LMT is the entry level model in this product line.

Garmin DriveSmart™ is Garmin Drive™ and more! Garmin DriveSmart™ navigators will come with customizable smart notifications, voice-activated navigation and Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free calling and access to real-time services such as live traffic and weather radar through the Smartphone Link app. The Garmin DriveSmart 70LMT is the largest in size in the DriveSmart™ range, featuring an awesome 7” screen.

The Garmin DriveAssist™ features an advanced 5” GPS navigator with a built-in dash cam, on top of all the features you would find in a Garmin DriveSmart™. The integrated camera provides more advanced driver awareness alerts, such as the Forward Collision and Lane Departure Warnings, and a “Go” Alert that notifies distracted drivers when traffic ahead of their vehicle begins to move.

The very sleek and stylish Garmin DriveLuxe™ adds HD Digital traffic, the fastest traffic avoidance solution offered by Garmin, with updates as often as every 30 seconds.

Garmin Adds Backup Camera Support to Their Essential Series GPS

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With intense competition from smartphones, Garmin has upped the ante again by adding more features to their entry level “Essential” series GPS units. These are features that have never been available to the lower end devices before.

Features like the Garmin Real Directions, which provides actual landmarks, Direct Access and Foursquare data with millions of preloaded POIs that were only available for higher end units like the nuvi 2689LMT. Better destination search functions are also added.

What caught the eye, pun intended, is the new backup cameras acting like an additional rear eye that provides a live camera feed from the rear of the vehicle to eliminate the blind spot. The backup camera (model BC 30) is not free however. It is sold separately at $169 but it is a device worth having as many drivers get into accidents when reversing or getting rear-ended from behind.

Standard features like lane assist with junction view, school zone warnings, and Up Ahead, which appears alongside the driving map to constantly inform of nearby services are still there. These new models also display current street, speed, speed limit and arrival time.

The Garmin Essential series is available in 5 or 6 inch size and all models provides dual-orientation so that you can choose portrait or landscape view. Price range from $129.99 – $209.00 as follows:

1. Garmin nuvi 57 ($129.99)
2. Garmin nuvi 57LM ($149.99)
3. Garmin nuvi 57LMT ($169.99)
4. Garmin nuvi 58 ($139.99)
5. Garmin nuvi 58LM ($159.99)
6. Garmin nuvi 58LMT ($179.99)
7. Garmin nuvi 67LM ($179.99)
8. Garmin nuvi 67LMT ($179.99)
9. Garmin nuvi 68LM ($189.99)
10. Garmin nuvi 68LMT ($209.99)

Garmin Fenix 2 – Full Featured Training Watch for Multisport Athletes

Could the Garmin Fenix 2 the GPS watch to rule them all. Garmin believes so as they have packed a multitude of features into the this running watch that will see you keeping it for the foreseeable future. This watch not only tracks your runs, it also records workout statistics when you go hiking, cycling, climbing, swimming, skiing or even skydiving. If you are a multisport athlete who wants to track everything you can include custom activities and workouts. You can use its navigation mode to assign waypoints on a map so you can focus on hiking and enjoying the scenery, instead of having to refer to a physical map. The GPS and heart rate features adds icing on the cake too. And you need not worry about keeping it on. This device can last about a week of constant use on a full charge.

Garmin Fenix2

Garmin Fenix2

Unlike other GPS watches that have problems locking in to a satellite, the Fenix2 takes only about eight minutes to lock in. It is also compatible with Garmin Connect, Garmin’s online service that shows you nearly everything you need to know about your runs.

The Garmin Fenix 2 is definitely one of few sports watches that you could actually wear on a daily basis. It is hip-looking and it does just about everything a watch can do but with a styling and UI that is very user friendly. It is large and thick, water-resistant to a depth of 50m but weighs in just at 3 ounces. It is essentially identical to the original Fenix other than a few tweaks in the colors of the buttons. It costs $400, or add $50 for the performance bundle which includes the HRM-Run chest strap heart rate monitor.

State-of-the-Art Navdy Heads-Up Display

The future of driving is here! Though not in the form of flying cars, but a small heads-up display (HUD) GPS unit – the Navdy!

The Navdy is a small computer designed to sit above your steering wheel, projecting driving directions and notifications on your windshield from your phone, all while helping you to keep your eyes on the road.

Not only does it work with both iPhones and Androids and extends its functions to the apps without any additional cost, it also features touchless gestures where users only need to swipe left and right to operate their phone while driving.

On top of all that, the Navdy also connects to your car’s computer to let you in on what’s going on under that hood – fuel economy, tire pressure, RPM etc. But, the feature that wins our hearts is how navigation will not disappear when a call comes in on your phone. How often has a phone call made any of us lose our directions on the road?

Here’s Navdy’s official video :

Introducing Cloud and Content Services by Magellan SmartGPS Eco V2.0

Cloud computing might change the way you use GPS. It combines masses of information, frees up resources, and use only those that you need. Magellan aims to do just that with its SmartGPS Eco V2.0. It keeps GPS users and motorists informed with relevant location and social content, and provides clearer and safer navigation. Some of the new features include a wide portfolio of leading content providers, easy drag and drop content manager for users, and updated Smartphone, iOS and Android apps.

The Magellan SmartGPS Eco V2.0 is built on a robust architecture supporting aggregation of content that provides highly relevant content that you can personalize. It stores massive amount of inputs provided by various sources including road users providing real time traffic information. In addition to planning trips and saving favorite locations, the SmartGPS Eco content manager enables users to select the content they want to receive. This information is delivered seamlessly and automatically, and includes up to date content from providers such as restaurants and Yelp and Foursquare, cinema locations and iHeartRadio Internet radio. In addition, traffic information like road works and delays, 5 day weather forecast, severe weather alerts & map overlays plus where to find the lowest gas prices, and much more are available.

As one of the pioneers in GPS and navigation, Magellan believes cloud based products with location relevance for automotive OEM’s is a logical evolution. The SmartGPS Eco can be licensed to Automotive OEM and Tier 1 customers, fleet operators, and rental car companies.

More information from Magellan

Garmin’s New Wearable Device – The Vivofit

Garmin has a host of devices catering to the motoring, biking, hiking public, now is making inroads with the wearable fitness market. Although the wearable device market is becoming saturated, it recently launched the Garmin Vivofit at the CES 2014.

Garmin Vivofit

What makes the Vivofit stand out is its incredibly long battery life and always-on display. The battery lasts a year. And always-on is very convenient if you are running and want to keep constant count of your steps without pressing a tiny button every few paces. Only drawback to conserve battery life is it is just not backlit as a result. Other than battery life, another great features is that it is water-resistant to 50 meters, which means it is safe to run in the rain, wear it in the pool and also while taking a shower.

It will also make you get on the move if you are sitting for too long. The on-screen inactivity bar turns red after you’ve been still for an hour. The red inactivity bar grows from left to right at the top of the LCD screen, giving you an always-on visual cue to get up and move.

Garmin is selling the Vivofit with, and without a heart-rate monitor. It comes in five colors: black, purple, teal, blue and slate.

Garmin also includes a USB ANT+ dongle if you want to sync to a computer. The Vivofit is priced at $129.99 while the package with the bundled heart-rate monitor lists for $169.99.

For more reviews on wearable tech devices visit fitbeat.net

A Watch Every Pilot Needs – Garmin D2 Pilot Watch

Having conquered land and marine based GPS markets, Garmin is taking their GPS technology to the skies. It is their philosophy to create different watches purpose-built for specific activities. The Garmin D2 is their latest product and is a purpose-built watch for pilots.

The Garmin D2 has all the important functions and features that a pilot would need. Garmin calls the D2 a “portable avionics in a wrist-worn package”. The list of navigation features is impressive. These include:

1. Direct-to and nearest airport buttons that use a worldwide airport database
2. Altimeter with adjustable barometer setting and compass
3. Displays multiple time zones with Zulu/UTC reference
4. Various timers and vibrating alerts for inflight task reminders
5. Wirelessly receives flight plan from Garmin Pilot and controls VIRB – Garmin’s active video camera

Garmin D2 Pilot Watch

The design is simple and display is clear to read even in dim lighting. Its size is 49mm diameter and 17mm high weighing just 82g. The transflective monochrome display has a resolution of 70×70 pixels. The lithium-ion rechargeable battery lasts up to 50 hours in GPS mode and 2 weeks in sensor only mode. It is also water resistant to 50m. The watch comes preloaded with a worldwide base-map and ability to specify way-points. It is priced at $449.

Shoes with Built-In GPS A Reality

Aetrex Navistar GPS Shoes

Aetrex Navistar GPS Shoes

Shoes fitted with built-in GPS have become a reality. These Aetrex Navistar GPS shoes were recently launched in Britain and come fitted with a miniature GPS system similar to those used in satellite navigation systems found in cars. Originally made for the benefit of Alzheimer’s patients, these shoes enable Alzheimer’s patients to be monitored remotely. Family members can then make use of a downloaded app to find out the location of the missing person.

The GPS device is implanted in the heel of the shoe and contains a battery which requires charging approximately every two days, Sim card and integrated chip. An antenna and a SUB connection to charge up the battery runs up the back heel of the shoe.

Apple Buys Indoor-GPS Company WiFiSLAM

Apple confirmed its purchase of Silicon Valley-based company, WiFiSLAM earlier this year. It is rumored that it bought the company for $20 million. WiFiSLAM was founded by a former Google engineering intern and the company owns technology that enables mobile apps to locate a person’s mobile handset inside a building using Wi-Fi signals.

Indoor-GPS is a move to yet another level of mobile location services that would assist app developers in producing indoor mapping technology and new types of retail and social networking apps and of course, act as a step towards improving Apple’s overall GPS technology.

Garmin Edge Touring Cycling GPS Navigation Devices For All Cyclists

Garmin Edge Touring and Edge Touring Plus

Garmin Edge Touring and Edge Touring Plus

Unlike its predecessors that were focused on logging ride data, the all new Garmin Edge Touring and Edge Touring Plus navigation systems are all about showing the way. Packed with extensive maps, users can plot routes using destinations, points of interests, or just by telling the Edge how long they intend to ride for.

The Garmin Edge Touring and Touring plus are identical looks-wise, water-resistant and feature a 2.6-inch touchscreen interface while the Plus includes a barometric altimeter for more accurate tracking of changes in altitude and is compatible with Ant+ peripheral devices such as heart-rate monitors and power meters.

Both devices claim to have a battery life of 15 hours while folks who require more will be able to purchase the optional Garmin powermonkey eXplorer external battery pack. Look out for the full Garmin Edge Touring and Edge Touring Plus reviews soon!

Android-based Garmin nuvi A Reality With Garmin nuvi 3592LM

Garmin nuvi 3592LM

Garmin nuvi 3592LM

Absolutely! If you live in Singapore or Malaysia, it’s good news for you! The Garmin nuvi 3592LM is a robust GPS device that runs Android 4.0, giving users access to the Google Play app store, WiFi connectivity, a video and music player, and a slew of other options such as a driving recorder with companion VIRB-like software, rear-view camera, and a split-screen view for those front and rear cameras. This GPS machine can also run Google Maps.

A device such as this is certainly a hint of more interesting things to come for other countries too. While it may be shocking to see the entire nuvi line switch to Android, a Garmin-Android device for next year’s top of the line nuvi would not come as a surprise.

Get Into The Hunt With Magellan’s new eXplorist 350H

If you would like to have a piece of gear that will enhance your next hunting experience, check out the new Magellan eXplorist 350H. It comes with a host of new features that provides you with pre-loaded base maps with contour elevations and Game Management Units (GMU).  The GMU ensures that you will not venture beyond the area which you are permitted to hunt.

Magellan eXplorist 350H

Magellan eXplorist 350H

The rugged built quality, camouflaged design and portability is made for use in all weather conditions. Buttons are large and tactile enough for use with gloves on. It is literally built for the hunt. It also comes with a version that includes a Gerber Myth Pocket Knife.

For virtual scouting ability Magellan has incorporated Digital Globe satellite imagery.  It also features hunting specific waypoints and geofences. A one-year subscription to Digital Globe satellite imagery is included with the purchase.

One cool features is its Backtrack & Active Suspend mode. Use active suspend and turn off the GPS to save battery. When the eXplorist 350H is turned back on it will have your tracks captured and stored so you can quickly make your way back to your campsite or vehicle.

Also included is a calendar to identify the best days and time to hunt based on moon phases and solunar positioning. Planning the hunt is also easy from the comfort of your home with Magellan free VantagePoint software.

Visit Magellan USA for more info.

First GPS Watch Designed For Aviators : Garmin D2™ Pilot Watch

Garmin D2 Pilot Watch

Garmin D2 Pilot Watch

The Garmin D2™ is a GPS-enabled watch designed for aviators, offering Garmin’s signature direct-to and nearest navigation functions, an adjustable altimeter, the option to display both local and Zulu/UTC time, and the ability to integrate with Garmin Pilot™, VIRB™, and more.

It offers aviators the option to customize the display by assigning data fields such as, GPS ground speed, GPS track, distance, estimated time enroute, bearing, glide ratio, and more. Even further, pilots can easily find the nearest airport or perform a direct-to function, with the press of a button.

By integrating the D2 with Garmin Pilot, users will be able to conveniently create waypoints and build flight plans within Garmin Pilot and wirelessly transfer them to the D2.

The Garmin D2 will be released in November, just in time for the holiday season! Stay tuned for the full Garmin D2 review!

Garmin Rolling Out New Series Of Advanced Car GPS With HD Traffic

Garmin is rolling out a new series of Advanced nuvi models that will be bundled with the GTM-60 HD traffic receiver. There are 4 new models on Garmin’s site:

1. Garmin nuvi 2458LMTHD ($269.99)
2. Garmin nuvi 2498LMTHD ($299.99)
3. Garmin nuvi 2558LMTHD ($289.99)
4. Garmin nuvi 2598LMTHD ($319.99)

The first 2 are 4.3″ units while the nuvi 25xx are 5″ displays. HD Digital Traffic is included as free lifetime update.

HD Digital Traffic saves you more traveling time and is more responsive as it receives updates every 30 seconds. For example, at a speed of 60 mph, the new advanced nuvis are able to receive traffic messages every half a mile saving you minutes or even hours of delay.

In addition, HD Digital Traffic has a greater coverage area to include interstates, highways and secondary roads. There are 3 times more side road coverage. It also has the capacity to receive significantly more traffic messages. That valuable information can help you decide whether to stay the course or find another route.

 

Track Your Run With The TomTom Runner GPS Watch

TomTom is looking to make a name for itself in the sports and fitness market. The TomTom Runner GPS watch is one of its first products in this segment. It combines a light and water-resistant design with an intuitive interface by combining an accelerometer and GPS into one.

TomTom Runner GPS Watch

TomTom Runner GPS Watch

The TomTom Runner GPS watch is light and the built quality is excellent. It tracks your runs and then uploads the data to one of many fitness sites. It works both outdoors and also on a treadmill. The built-in sensors count your strides so you can monitor your pace and distance. It helps that it is waterproof so if you are caught in the rain while running is not a problem. An optional Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Monitor is also available to assist you in training within the right zone for weight control, performance or speed.

Weighing just 1.75 ounces, the TomTom Runner is comfortable to wear all day even when you are not on your runs as the time and date are always on the screen. The 1 x 0.85-inch display is large enough and is scratch and impact-resistant. It is available in three colors: turquoise, pink and dark gray.

You can easily sync data captured during the run with a fitness site, such as MapMyRun via a proprietary docking connector. Although it comes with Bluetooth there is no wireless option to do this. With TomTom’s QuickGPSFix technology you can find your location quickly to begin your running routine. The vibration alerts helps you stay focused on your run.

Runners, marathoners and sprinters will find the TomTom Runner GPS a good workout companion.

TomTom Commuter Concept Unveiled

TomTom Commuter

TomTom Commuter

TomTom has unveiled the all new TomTom Commuter concept and it promises to provide drivers with a dynamic Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) of their car journeys.

The TomTom Commuter will update drivers with changing traffic conditions so drivers will be equipped with enough information to work out the quickest route to their destination. It aims to take the guesswork out of your daily commute, eradicating uncertainty and enabling drivers to make informed decisions.

Look out for the release of the TomTom Commuter!

What Is Garmin Up To? A GPS Camcorder?

Well yes. Garmin, the world’s top GPS brand is doing video too. The action and adventure niche is getting a lot of attention and Garmin wants to take a piece of the pie too.

Named the Garmin VIRB, it records 1080p HD video at 1920 x 1080 30fps, 720p HD video 1280 x 720 30 fps and 60 fps, and time lapse options. Although Garmin might be late to the game, but the new VIRB still has lots to offer. There are 2 models. The Elite version comes with GPS and Wi-Fi which allows it to connect to your smartphone.

Garmin VIRB

The sleek, aerodynamic design makes it look really cool and tough. It is built to withstand the elements and is waterproof up to one meter of water. There is also an optional 50m deep dive case. The battery life is impressive at three hours, much better than GoPro’s Hero 3. It is also designed to work with Garmin’s ecosystem of devices. If you own a the Garmin Edge 810, Oregon 600 series or the Garmin Fenix  you can use it to control the VIRB and set up sensors.

The two variants are priced at $299 (regular) and $399 (Elite).

Check Out The Latest GPS Goggles By Zeal

It’s not skiing season yet but no harm checking out these cool GPS goggles by Zeal, one of the few brands dedicated to making technologically advanced ski goggles which include heads-up display technology. It’s always good to know how fast you’re going and how far you’ve gone when you are skiing.

Designed and crafted in Boulder, Colorado, these Zeal goggles include tiny GPS receivers and a set of sensors to provide speed, distance, altitude, vertical descent data, chronometer, time, temperature, run counter, jump stats, and location information in real time. And all these data can be readily downloaded to your computer for performance analysis. The GPS display is displayed on a 16:9 HUD widescreen format.

Zeal Z3 GPS LIVE Googles

Zeal has 3 models starting from$299. The top of the line Z3 GPS LIVE lists for $599 and it comes with high tech Polarized Automatic lens that change with the light so you don’t need to swap lenses for different conditions. These lenses are handcrafted in Japan so you can expect one of the highest clarity you can get even in the most extreme conditions.

Smartphone connectivity is a must nowadays with any high tech gizmo and the Z3 LIVE enables Caller ID, text messages, and buddy tracking. These gizmos are certainly not cheap but you pay for what you get.

Stay Connected With The Magellan SmartGPS

The GPS landscape is largely dominated by Garmin forcing other players to come out with more innovative ideas to challenge the status quo. Magellan has done just that with its SmartGPS. But whether it will change the way consumers view the way a PND device is used remains to be seen.

The Magellan SmartGPS is a navigation device that extends its function by connecting to the internet either through a MiFi, or via a shared connection over Bluetooth with your phone. It has a large 5″ screen and works just like a normal GPS when there is no internet connection. But when connected it provides a lot more functions on-screen like Foursquare destinations and Yelp reviews. And with the SmartGPS App it provides a seamless mobile experience from home to vehicle. You could search for your favorite restaurant on the phone while still at home and automatically beam the address to the SmartGPS when you reach the car. You can also receive real time traffic alerts, weather updates, compare fuel prices and even red light camera alerts.

The 5-inch glass capacitive screen features a modest 800 by 480-pixel resolution. Even with a 5″ screen, the problem is if there is too much information on-screen content it can be over-whelming while you are driving. So while more content is useful there is only so much on-screen real estate can offer without causing distraction.

Your Motorcycle Needs Garmin Zumo

There came a point where Garmin realized that motorcyclists can’t stick with RoadMates for GPS navigation. Then they created the Zumo, motorcycle GPS designed specifically to meet the needs of motorcyclists.

Garmin zumo

For motorcyclists, the Zumo can be operated without taking off your gloves and it is designed to provide better riding experience! From the world’s leading GPS provider, you can expect the best navigation features. These include junction view, lane assist and TracBack!

Your Garmin Zumo will get you safely from wherever you are to where you want to go. Grab the free add-on of lifetime map updates to navigate with the most up-to-date roads, highways and POIs!

Weather is always the factor for motorcyclists. Hence the Zumo was tested to withstand the harshest of conditions, from the scorching heat to freezing temperatures and heavy rain. Worry not, as the Zumo was designed with fuel-resistant plastic to keep any gaseous vapors out of your GPS navigator.

Here are full reviews of the latest motocycle GPS from Garmin:

  1. Garmin zumo 350LM Review
  2. Garmin zumo 660LM Review
  3. Garmin zumo 665LM Review

Garmin Edge 810 for Your Bike

Garmin’s latest GPS for bikes presents the Edge 810. The device is an all-in-one touchscreen designed for cyclists with navigation and advanced training capabilities.

Garmin Edge 810

Garmin Edge 810

What’s more, you can connect via your smartphone to access features such as live tracking, social media sharing and weather forecasts! The 810 can also be used to guide you when touring and other navigation purposes in conjunction with TOPO maps.

Built for cycling, it records distance, speed and route inclination. The multitude of functions allow you to customize your preferences with a simple swipe of the touchscreen to show your data for your journey!

Linked to your smartphone, the Garmin Edge 810 pairs to iOS or Android via the Garmin Connect Mobile app. Extensive and precise data from your ride can be obtained from this dedicated device without draining your precious mobile battery. The Edge 810 obtains the data and sends it to your phone using Bluetooth. Stay connected by sharing your journey with friends and family on social media in real time!

The Edge 810 carries a sporty design which is waterproof. 17-hour battery life and able to operate with wet or gloved fingers.

For something less pricey you can also consider the Garmin Edge 510 which comes with a smaller 2.2 in screen but still manage to pack a host of nice features in a small package.

Using Your Smartphone As A Golf GPS Device

There are many models of Golf GPS devices in the market. But if you bring your phone to tee why buy another device when you can just use your smartphone to help you around the course.

One of the better ones out there is GolfLogix.  Founded in 1999, GolfLogix was the first to introduce handheld GPS to the golf industry and holds a U.S. patent for its unique GPS and Internet-based club tracking application. Most of these Golf GPS apps do not come free.  As of this writing GolfLogix costs $19.99 from iTunes App Store and GooglePlay. It has all the features you need around the course. It even sends personalized lessons and videos to your smartphone immediately after every round tips with tips from the top players.  To make golfing even more convenient they have partnered with GolfNow.com where you can  book your favorite course online and pick a tee-time deal that fits your schedule and budget.

Golflogix

Costing a little more at $24.99 is Mobitee Premium iPhone Golf GPS.  The latest version includes full iPhone 5 support.  One thing we like about this appp is that it is simple and easy-to-use.  It comes with satellite and aerial views of each hole, as well as video flyovers for many holes. A good feature to have if the course is a large one.

Moving up a little more in price is Golfshot ($29.99) which has the most top of the line features. It sets itself apart with its best-in-class stats tracking and graphing. It automatically creates superb color graphics for fairways hit and missed, greens in regulation, sand saves, putts per hole, and more. Additional features include Zoomable aerial view with “TruePoint” touch targeting for distances,  Shot distance tracking, automatic course handicap calculator, e-mailable scorecards and iPad support.

Introducing Garmin’s New HUD (Heads Up Display) GPS Device

Garmin has covered almost every type of GPS you can possibly think of  – for cars, trucks, boats, bikes, dogs, sports, hiking, fishing, etc.  So what else can they think of next? How about a GPS with Heads-up Display?

Head-up displays, or HUDs in short,  are nothing new and have been in cars since the ’80s. But they are not very common due to costs and uncertainty whether it will be useful aid for drivers.

Nevertheless Garmin is going ahead with the launch of an HUD unit to project navigation information on a transparent film applied to the windshield. It works by connecting to your smartphone via bluetooth and projects directions from its StreetPilot or Navigon smartphone apps. What a neat solution without any major modifications to your car.

Garmin HUD

The navigation information is presented in a simplified format so that it does not affect the driver’s attention from the road. The display shows distance to the next turn, turn arrows, the car’s current speed, the posted speed limit and estimated time of arrival in clear green text that is easy on the eye. The HUD also automatically adjusts brightness for day or night driving.

Priced at $129.99, the Garmin HUD is still pending approval by the FCC. Visit Garmin for more information.

Presenting The Garmin BarkLimiter™

You heard right! The BarkLimiter by Garmin is the world’s first intuitive electronic bark correction device! Capable of differentiating between nuisance barking, and barking to communicate injury or intruders, the BarkLimiter is one if its kind in the market.

Garmin Edge 510 & Edge 810

Garmin BarkLimiter™

It uses accelerometer-based bark identification to distinguish the different types of barking. What’s more, the compact and lightweight BarkLimiter is built with proven Tri-Tronics dog training technology and is optimized to work on all breeds regardless of the thickness of their coat. And it is ready to go right out of the box, no set-up required!

Without any adjustment in the settings, the BarkLimiter is automatically set for Autorise, which is the lowest correction level and slow adjusts to the level to stop unwanted barking. Settings can be changed between automatic and manual. The built-in Bark Odometer™ helps determine if your manual setting is effective.

Garmin Gives Bikers The ‘Edge’

Serious bikers now have another excellent tool in their pursuit of excellence with the latest Garmin GPS bike computers. Garmin prides itself as the first to bring GPS technology to the cycling community. And also the first to let cyclists put their ride on the map and accurately record detailed metrics which can be shared on the social media.

The new Garmin Edge 510 and Edge 810 comes with connected features that give you live tracking, wireless data transfers, weather and social media sharing. They come with full-color touchscreens that is glove friendly. The simple and neat menu makes it very easy to use. With smartphone connectivity and Garmin Connect Mobile app, trips that you have done can be easily uploaded so that your friends and family can follow your route or races in real time using the LiveTrack feature. Invite followers using email or social media, so they can view your live data on a Garmin Connect tracking page. Once they get your email invite, they can click to follow and see your stats and location on the map. Read the full Garmin Edge 510 review

Garmin Edge 510 & Edge 810

Garmin Edge 510 & Edge 810

The built quality is improved and made for the rugged terrain. Battery life is also excellent. Garmin claims that these units can last for 17 hours on the go. A new mounting option is included which allows for heads-up positioning.

The larger Edge 810 comes with built-in basemap with basic navigation capabilities for navigation and guidance on and off-road. Read the full Garmin Edge 810 review.

Watch Ryder Hesjedal, David Millar, Dan Martin and Andrew Talansky as they prepare for the upcoming pro cycling season:

Check Out The Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

You don’t get a 7-inch GPS navigator everyday but when you do, consider the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB. The high resolution screen oh the RoadMate offers a touch screen display with day and night views for easy visibility, the ideal choice for just about any vehicle!

Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

Free lifetime map updates, traffic alerts and a bluetooth technology to allow you to pair with your mobile device to act as a speakerphone. You can adopt to pick up the award-winning Magellan Wireless Back-up Camera for added safety when backing out of the driveway or when parallel parking.

Landmark Guidance feature will allow you to get to your destination with landmarks as your guide, giving you a different way of navigating if you hate the tiny road signs. Verbal instructions are provided by the 9250T-LMB and you will also receive alerts from PhantomALERT to help you escape those speeding tickets.

You will get nothing short of 7-million Points of Interests (POI) of preloaded destinations from gas stations to attractions. Plan your route before-hand with Magellan’s multi-destination routing; plug in those destinations and your RoadMate will plan the most efficient route for you!

On the road, the automatic re-route will get you back on track if you miss a turn. You can choose your personal viewing preference in either portrait or landscape. Each have their benefits where landscape gives you greater peripheral view, portrait gives you an extended view of the road ahead.

Introducing Mangellan’s eXplorist 710

The eXplorist 710 is tough, waterproof and has impeccable reception for accurate handheld GPS navigation. Magellan’s eXplorist series is like no other.

Magellan eXplorist 710

Garmin Monterra

The 710 fits in your palm allowing for 2D or 3D viewing angles. Complete road networks in US, Canada, Western Europe and Australia coupled with major road networks in all other parts of the globe.

Navigate through the city with turn-by-turn directions from your very own handheld with 3D views to guide you along the way! Easily locate the nearest petrol station, bike kiosk or drug store. With a large database of address book entries, waypoints and geocaches, you will never be lost with the eXplorist 710.

Combining the functionality of a touchscreen and 2 customizable buttons, you get the best of both worlds. You get to program these 2 buttons to your most used functions for easy access with just a button away. The eXplorist runs on 2 AA batteries which will last up to 16 hours.

Last but not least, the the eXplorist 710 comes with Magellan’s award winning OneTouch™ favorites menu! This provides you with instant access to bookmarks of your favorite places.

Garmin Monterra With An Android OS

Just released 3 days ago, the Monterra is the first WiFi-enabled outdoor handheld GPS with an Android operating system (OS). The outdoors is where it will be and the sunlight-readable touchscreen gives you just what you need. With available WiFi, apps can be downloaded on the device wirelessly.

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Garmin Monterra

It sports a 4-inch multi-touch display with a unique 3D MapMerge and the function to create new apps. With the Android OS, it gives access to your favorite outdoor-related Android apps such as Peak Finder or through Google Play Store. It comes with a built-in FM radio and NOAA weather radio. Audio can be heard through either the built-in speaker or with headphones.

This device will tell you exactly where you are with the 3-axis compass with accelerometer and gyro. The barometric altimeter will tell you your precise altitude from the changes in pressure. The high sensitivity from the dual-band GPS and GLONASS receiver will tell you were you are even in deep places such as canyons.

An 8-megapixel camera gives you an all in one device without you needing to bring a camera. Photos can be geo-tagged for easy return navigation plus a 1080p HD camera with LED flash. An 8GB internal memory can be boosted with a separate microSD for greater storage capacity.

Your solution for outdoor handheld navigation, the Garmin Monterra. Hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing or even dog training; the Garmin Monterra will be your friend across a multitude of activities with many useful functions which come along with it.

MapMyIndia Launches Trailblazer 2 GPS Navigator

Leader in digital maps in India, MapMyIndia focuses on GPS devices, location apps and GIS solutions. The newest product is the Trailblazer 2, designed for motorbikes.

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Trailblazer 2

Sporting a 8.9cm wide touchscreen, the Trailblazer runs on the motorcycle’s battery. With a special bike clamp mount, it can be kept steady on the motorbike’s handlebar and can be just as easily removed as it is placed. Voice instructions can be installed from MapMyIndia and can be heard through any standard A2DP Bluetooth headset.

It can play music, movies and store photos as well. It also houses a new state-of-the-art software, “Don’t Panic”; a brand new GPS navigation software interface pioneered by India’s best 3D and house-level maps from MapMyIndia.

This GPS unit will not fall short of giving you the best and most accurate maps in India. Door-to-door navigation to house addresses in up to 50 cities coupled with 10.33 million points of interests (POI) will get you to your destination with ease!

Latest 5″ Auto GPS From Garmin and Magellan

Just as in the evolution of TVs and smartphones, larger screen sizes are getting more popular. For GPS devices, 4.3″ units used to be the de facto size to go for. However over the last 2 years, we’ve seen a proliferation of 5″ units and they are outselling the smaller brothers, while the 3.5″ models are slowly getting phased out. Most users find that extra screen real estate can make a big difference in visibility and ease of use of touchscreen controls.

Garmin introduced their flagship 5 inch model Garmin nüvi 3597LMTHD earlier this year and it is already shaping up to be one of the most popular models in their range despite its steep price (MSRP $349.99). Garmin seems to get most things right. The design is svelte and light. The high resolution display has a “pinch and zoom” capability much like an iPhone. The magnetic windshield mount is another a great idea. The user interface is less cluttered and the cleaner layout provides a better user experience. Even the voice has gone through a major revamp. It is much nicer sounding and the street pronunciations are much better. Garmin calls this “Real Directions, with Real Voice”. Garmin continues to raise the bar for automotive GPS. Read the full nüvi 3597LMTHD review here.

Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD

Magellan also has many large screen GPS. They even have 7″ models like the RoadMate 9250T-LMB. The more popular ones are the 5″ models like the RoadMate 5230T-LM and the Roadmate 5245T-LM. Both offer free lifetime traffic alerts and map updates. The new Landmark Guidance use landmarks instead of street names for guidance. If you are switching from older models this needs some getting use to. The upgraded Junction View generates a more complete view of the highway you are on and, with unmistakable arrows, visually guides you to the correct lane. A new feature called Best Parking is a good feature to have. It makes parking in the city less stressful.

How to Start Geocaching

Caught the Geocaching bug yet? If you are starting out, it is best to find websites with a large and reliable database of geocaches that will have what you want. To help you get going, here’s a list of the most popular geocaching sites.

Geocaching.com

Geocaching.com is the most popular website for geocachers. Start by creating an account. It is pretty easy to search for geocaches in your area. Basic membership is free. Geocaching.com catalogs geocaches from all around the world, so it’s a great resource if you want to go geocaching on your vacation.

Navicache.com

Navicache.com isn’t as well organized as Geocaching.com. The navigation is basic but it still contains thousands of geocaches logged for many regions in the US. Other than the US, Navicache.com has a number of geocaches located in Germany. There is no need to register to view geocache information, but if you want to add a new geocache to the site you’ll need to create an account.

Earthcache.org

Instead of finding containers filled with items, Earthcache.org is a sort of adventure trail where the caches are what planet Earth has stored. It’s a unique way to learn about a geoscience feature or how our Earth is shaped. EarthCache sites are administered by the Geological Society of America (GSA).

Terracaching.com

Terracaching.com has active caches from all over the world. The site has wonderful resources for geocachers but membership is by referral only so that they can focus on quality of the caches, not quantity.

GPSGames.org

GPSGames.org creates a fun way to make this activity more entertaining by way of introducing game play like GeoGolf , GeoDashing, GeoPoker, Minute War, and more. If straight forward is boring for you the caches in GPSGames.org will no doubt be more challenging.

Have Fun Geocaching with Garmin Handheld GPS

Geocaching has come a long way since it started in 2000. There are many enthusiasts around the world adding to this activity and there are now 2,104,757 active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide according to geocaching.com. It is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. A great activity you can share with the family. You can walk, bike, or drive to a hidden cache nearby or anywhere you choose.

You can use your GPS equipped smartphone for this but a purpose built hiking GPS has which is waterproof and impact resistant is more suitable for this purpose. Choose one with a large enough screen size like the 3″ Garmin Oregon 650t. The screen is bright and you can perform pinch gestures for zooming. It is also possible to interact with the touch display while wearing gloves.

For the budget conscious Garmin has the eTrex range. Although they have smaller screen sizes they look more rugged. The top of the range eTrex 30 even comes with wireless capability to share waypoints, routes and geocaches with other similar devices. These units have thumb sticks and zoom buttons that makes navigating with gloves a breeze.

Garmin eTrex30 Handheld GPS

Garmin eTrex30 Handheld GPS

Garmin handheld devices also have a microSD card slot and plenty of internal memory to allow you to load TOPO 24K maps. Most handhelds use AA batteries (alkaline or rechargeable NiMH), though the Garmin Montana line use a single lithium-ion battery.

Fishing And Navigation With Garmin GPSMAP 741SX

Bring this Garmin GPSMAP 741SX with you on your fishing adventure! The 7-inch multi-touch WVGA screen has a sleek casing to be placed flat or flush mounted.

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Garmin GPSMAP 741SX

It intergrates a 10Hz GPS/GLONASS receiver which refreshes your position of up to 10 times a second. As such, the constant on-screen location is extremely accurate and allows for precise marking of waypoints and navigating. GMR 18HD Radar boasts an advanced echo pulse optimizing technology for higher definition and improved target separation to your digital radar picture.

Designed with a processor which is 60% faster as compared to earlier models, it has WiFi to couple it with BlueChartMobile and other apps. It includes both US coastal and lake cartography. The SX model also further features 1kW of HD-ID sonar technology and also a 600W Garmin Spread Spectrum CHIRP capabilities. This CHIRP technology was only previously available in the GSD 26, a black box which is more expensive than the whole 741SX itself! With the CHIRP transducer, the GPSMAP 741XS displays clear sonar images to find you your fishing spot, ship wreckage or diving location at extraordinary depths. Fine-tuning of frequencies allow you to find specific fish of a certain species of your choice. Contours of the sea bed are more visible and supressed signal noises provide safer navigation and fishing experience.

Presenting Garmin Forerunner 910XT

Designed for athletes as an all-in-one device for swimming, cycling and running. The Garmin Forerunner 910XT provides crucial and detailed data on swim metrics, distance, pace, elevation and heart rate. The FR910XT is the smallest multisport watch that Garmin has made to date, being both slimmer than the FR310XT and FR305.

Garmin Forerunner 910XT

Garmin Forerunner 910XT

The Forerunner 910XT is water resistant up to 50 meters. For many years no Garmin product was able to gather data as detailed data as this sports watch can inside a pool. The largest change is the ability for the FR910XT to support lap-swimming, record distances, speed, strokes and more. That’s not all, it sports an improved openwater swim mode with and provides stroke metrics and has improved accuracy as compared to the FR310XT. One of the little improvements between the FR910XT and that of the FR310XT is the ease at which you can remove a wet suit. Designed specifically as many have experienced pain on the wrist when removing a wet suit with the 310XT on.

For triathlons, dualthlons or multisport enthusiasts, this is definitely the watch for you. It can track your cycling distance, speed and much more. The new feature of the Garmin Forerunner 910XT is its barometric altimeter for extremely accurate elevation data for both ascent and descents. Advanced users can opt for ANT+™ sensors for speed/cadence sensors, heart rate monitors or power meter. The Forerunner 910XT has a quick release kit, allowing you to transit between sports easily. The difference between the 310XT and 910XT is the ability for you to customize up to 5 different bikes. The FR910XT is designed to be worn on either your wrist or on the bike mount quick-release system similarly to the Edge 500/800.

Just like most or GPS, the Forerunner 910XT is no different being able to tell you where you went, how fast you were and how long you took. It saves all the data and uploads it to Garmin Connect. On the ground, the Forerunner provides your lap pace, distance and heart rate. The watch can provide you with an imaginary person to keep pace with. Also, the new feature is the Run/Walk functionality. Garmin knows it is hard to keep pace with marathoners and hence developed this system. The idea of this system is to allow you to walk but not letting you escalate it to non-stop walking as we all very well know. Hence, a system of 10 minutes of running and 2 minutes of walking will let you catch and breath and continue! The 20-hour battery life won’t need to let those ultra marathoners break a sweat for their run data.

Overview Of The Garmin Montana 650T

One of the most attractive hardware features of the Garmin Montana 650T is the 4″ screen. That’s not all, the screen which is more than twice the size of the Oregon series is recessed giving it additional protection for clumsy individuals like myself.

Visibility in terms of how well you can see the screen display is better than the Garmin Oregon x50 series. With the display on a lower resolution, users can see clearer what is on the screen.

The next interesting function of the Montana 650T is the screen rotation. It follows you 3 ways but not 4. Just like an iPhone, the screen rotates between portrait and landscape flawlessly. The benefits of the landscape mode allows you to see all the long way-point names.

Here is a picture of the camera screen and the rear of the GPS unit. The 5-megapixel camera is pretty clear and handy and might even outperform any point-and-shoot camera you might have. With a geotagging function, you can associate the photo to your location.

Garmin Montana 650T Screen

Garmin Montana 650T Screen

Garmin Montana 650T Camera

Garmin Montana 650T Camera

This Garmin Montana can be used as a regular Nuvi GPS unit as well giving it a dual use. When coupled with a Garmin mount with an external speaker and City Navigator maps, this handy GPS can deliver spoken directions. You will be able to swap it to the “nuvi” mode to get the same experience as you will a Garmin Nuvi will. Now, you can have a 2 in one GPS to provide both handheld and turn-by-turn on the road GPS unit.

Always being greeted upon start-up to brighten your day, the Montana boasts a touchscreen input allowing you to drag and drop icons between the App Drawer and the Main Menu.

Last but not least, a few simple handy tricks of Garmin GPS. Tap the power button on most Garmins for a shortcut to adjust the backlight, see the signal strength, time of the day and battery status. For the Montana however, greater functionality of this shortcut has been added to allow you access to Display setup for screenshots and more. Neat trick indeed.

Here is the full Garmin Montana 650T review for detailed specifications!

Rocket Leaving Florida With New GPS Satellite

Leaving Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on 15th May was an unmanned Atlas rocket. On board is an upgraded global positioning system (GPS).

189-feet (58-meter) in height, it was built and launched by the United Launch Alliance. It entered Florida’s blue skies at 5.38pm in the evening.

And at the top of the rocket lies a 3400-pound Boeing constructed GPS 2F satellite, 4th of 12 satellites to be launched into orbit over the next few years.

The navigation satellites are utilized by the U.S. military, their allies as well as civilians. The benefits of new satellites would include greater accuracy, enhanced internal atomic clocks, better defense against signal jamming and a new signal for commercial airline companies.

The cost of the satellite is approximately $121 million and will replace a long overdue 1996 spacecraft which has been used twice its design lifetime. It will now be used as a spare.

With the satellite just launched, the GPS network will consist of 31 operational satellites in orbit. Next departure would be scheduled in October and will depart from the same location.

China’s Alternative GPS System

Beidou also known as Compass system started providing the 5th Asian country, Pakistan with domestic satellite navigation. Beidou, the Chinese version to the global positioning system (GPS) is meant to rival US’s GPS.

Countries already using the Chinese system include China themselves, Thailand, Laos and Brunei. With 16 functional satellites in orbit and 30 more to join the system, China looks forward to providing global coverage by 2020.

They intend to build a new network of stations in Pakistan to improve the accuracy of their satellites locally, costly a hefty sum amounting to the tens of millions. The main reason Pakistan chose the Chinese system was primarily because the military in Pakistan cannot rely on the US GPS in times of conflict.

Although the Chinese did not guarantee the availability of the GPS functionality in times of strife, Pakistan believes in their long time ally, China. Speaking of which the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang would be travelling to Pakistan next week after the visit to India.

Farmers Opting For GPS

A long time ago, farming was strenuous and intensive. Mules slogging the fields is now a thing of the past and now, tractors plowing them are developed. As time passes, the use of these tractors began to increase and manpower needed for the fields declined.

With the advent of the GPS since 9 years ago, people have been able to do more, with less. Things have become more efficient with the implementation of the GPS in the fields. Farmers instead of needing 5 trips, now only need 1 trip to get the seeds planted.

Fields are sprayed, and with the help of GPS, the farmers will know where and what is sprayed with insecticide. Yields too have increased. Farmers admit that although it is more expensive, but in the long run it is more cost effective. Furthermore, it helps to relieve stress by spending less time out in the fields. Checking the difference in yields in different parts of the farm and being able to measure the soil salinity in the various sections is just some of the things the GPS can provide. A GPS costs $25,000 and with the tractor, a total of $250,000.

Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

2.7 ounces or only 76 grams, the Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS receiver is one light companion. It is a portable navigator which will lead you to wherever you are headed.

Built for extreme sports, the watch-like GPS receiver also comes with a heart-rate monitor. It can be used for a multitude of sports such as cycling, cross-country skiing and even windsurfing! It provides athletes like yourself, data of precise speeds, distance and pacing. The sleek GPS can be worn like a stylish sports watch and specifically designed to meet the needs of athletes. Water-proof in one meter of water, you can take it swimming as well!

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Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver with a chest strap.

The digitally coded heart-rate monitor is worn as a chest strap and sends data directly to the device to let you know if you are training to little, or too much. With the advanced SiRF chip, the 305 is redesigned to provide real-time data to athletes and aside from that, transmit vastly more accurate satellite acquisition times.

Its lithium ion batter will last up to 10 hours and you can follow up by charging it with a USB cable. Neat and sleek, this watch is a compact wonder.

Facebook Eyeing GPS Mobile App

Just last Thursday, discussions for Facebook to buy over mobile GPS app, Waze have been ongoing. No decisions have been finalized as of yet. However, figures have been quoted at $1 billion to buy over the Israel-based GPS mobile navigation application.

The largest social networking website, Facebook is expected to proliferate its presence in the mobile industry by offering online maps in the future. Waze is a company which serves over 40 million users. Potentially, Facebook could offer driving directions as well as up to date information for people to avoid jams and accidents.

This being said, the deal would be the largest since the purchase of Instagram at $747 million just last year.

Using GPS For Weather Forcasting

PlanetIQ has a breakthrough in the manner they measure impending weather conditions. Expensive and over budget to replace aging satellites, the start-up situated in Bethesda, MD. makes use of physics to detect weather patterns.

Intending to launch 12 small satellites into orbit, PlanetIQ’s objective is to use them to watch the GPS satellites rise and fall.

An artist's interpretation of PlanetIQ's satellites in orbit.

An artist’s interpretation of PlanetIQ’s satellites in orbit.

How does it work? The signals sent by the GPS satellites are bent when passing through the atmosphere resulting in longer than expected travel times. And depending on the composition of the temperature, pressure and water vapor in the atmosphere, the delay of the signal varies.

With the new satellite observation, meteorologists would be able to acquire more detailed data instead of having to launch weather balloons. The data gathered is not exhaustive on its own, however combined with other atmospheric measurements, forecasts can be more precise.

Although they are looking forward towards launching weather satellites, the cost of about $160 million is a staggering sum which the government’s tight budget cannot fund at the moment.

New Technology To Replace GPS

A research group DAPRA, which helped to invent the Internet and also aided in the creation of the GPS is now developing a new navigation and positioning technology.

Since 2010 DAPRA has been creating a new system which does not require satellites to pinpoint a location. With just an eight cubic millimeter chip, they are able to detect the position, time and direction. This new technology is also aimed at being used underwater where satellites do not reach.

They fear to be over-reliant on GPS. Amongst it is that the enemy could scramble the GPS signal as happened in South Korea not long ago. Hence, such a technology which is a chip containing 3 gyroscopes, 3 accelerometers and an atomic clock creates an autonomous navigation system.

DAPRA looks towards using this technology to replace GPS in small caliber ammunition or for surveillance purposes.

Boston Bombers Tracked By GPS

After the carjacking victim was able to flee and alert the police, they tracked the Mercedes the Boston Marathon bombers carjacked. How were they able to do it? It appears the authorities tracked the suspects to Watertown with the help of the anti-theft system in the Mercedes they stole.

However, more evidence was revealed and it was concluded that the “Find My iPone” GPS tracking app was how they were able to capture the Boston Marathon bombers.

Pretty amazing to see how GPS can help bring criminals to justice.

Navevo Releases Satellite-Based Alert Feature

Navevo, UK’s leading software navigation specialist provides state-of-the-art in-vehicle satellite navigation systems. This time, they are offering a ProNav HGV Cyclist Alert. Heavy-goods vehicles (HVG) now have this safety feature on the new ProNav PNN420 satellite navigation device.

With the increasing number of cyclists in London, this device helps to ensure accidents between cyclists and truck drivers are minimized. This software developed in conjunction with Transport for London (TFL) provides vehicle drivers with both audio and visual alerts when nearing a junction with many cyclists.

50-meter warning zones are demarcated at junctions with high convergence of cyclists and trucks to act as a preemptive measure to ensure drivers have ample time to scan their vicinity for any cyclists on the road. For a start, 100 high-convergence areas have been included in this software.

Navevo CEO, Nick Caesari is proud to lead the navigation industry with the world’s first safety feature which will help contribute to greater safety on roads and reducing accidents between trucks and cyclists.

Mercedes-Benz Set Eyes On Garmin For In-Dash Navigation

The leading provider for global navigation devices, Garmin has been selected to incorporate its navigation systems into Mercedes-Benz infotainment systems.

Over the next four years, Garmin’s user-friendly interface coupled with their top of the line navigation functionality will be flawlessly integrated into to the Benz’s in-dash display. Voice commands and the new development of navigation software for Advanced Driver Assistance (ADAS) functionality would assist drivers in difficult situations.

The managing director for Garmin automotive OEM, Matt Munn stated, “We are honored by Daimler’s confidence in Garmin and we look forward to working with them to deliver an exceptional navigation experience for the world’s most discerning drivers.”

Looking forward, the world leader in satellite navigational systems Garmin, would not just stay in the limelight but also stay ahead in the niche of global navigation.

Check Out The Nike SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom

Nike SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom provides you with diversified uses for precise running routes and distances, setting individual goals and keeps you motivated.

Feeling lazy? The SportWatch GPS has an alarm feature which rings you up in the morning. Knowing what’s best for you, the watch has automatic run reminders telling you to run. It’s just like having your own personal running coach!

Nike SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom

Nike SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom

Boasting a sleek design, the Nike SportWatch tracks the last 50 runs in your run history record. Check out the Nikeplus.com to check out new running routes and training methods. Also with this SportWatch GPS, you can convert your exercises into NikeFuel. It is the most accurate representation of your athletic life allowing you to compare your own NikeFuel amongst your friends to view your progress!

The Nike SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom is an all-in-one device and definitely a must have for just about anyone! If you need a motivational push to run, this watch can do just that; and if you are an exercise lover, this small device can provide you with impressive data about your regime!

Top GPS Navigators : Magellan RoadMate 5175-LM Traveler

Magellan’s 2012 release of the Magellan RoadMate 5175-LM Traveler was targeted at differentiating itself from its stiff competition through a pair of unique features that would have many consumers drooling – Wi-Fi connectivity and the TourDirector feature.

This 5-inch GPS navigator’s TourDirector feature helps users explore unfamiliar cities while its Wi-Fi connectivity allows users to browse the Web and stay connected on the go. Other features include lifetime map updates and traffic updates.

With unique features such as these, the Magellan RoadMate 5175-LM Traveler could very well be at the top of every commuter’s must-have list!

Stay tuned for the full Magellan RoadMate 5175-LM Traveler review!

Look Out For The Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT

2012 showed us some brand new Garmin GPS navigators onto the scene and one of them is the Garmin nuvi 3490LMT. While many will balk at the rather steep price tag, this navigator packs every trick in Garmin’s books into an ultra-thin chassis.

Other features include an improved user interface, quick and snappy performance, and a sleek look. These features, together with lifetime map updates and 3D Traffic Digital service, make this GPS navigator a beauty to have.

Read the full Garmin nuvi 3490LMT review now!

Garmin nuvi 2495LMT – 2012 Garmin Advanced Series

In 2012, Garmin introduced three categories in which it segregates its GPS navigators – the “Essential Series”, the “Advanced Series”, and the “Prestige Series”. The Garmin 2495LMT represents the high end of the “Advanced Series”, offering users a couple of pleasant surprises.

Packed with features such as lifetime map and traffic updates, 3D Traffic featuring a special traffic avoidance system and even Bluetooth integration and voice navigation, this GPS navigator will have consumers thinking twice about getting a “Prestige Series” GPS device considering the features, good performance and interface improvements this Garmin nuvi 2495LMT brings.

Read the full Garmin nuvi 2495LMT review here.

A Sneak Peek at a 2013 Garmin nuvi Advanced GPS Navigator – Garmin nuvi 2797LMT

Garmin has a couple of brand new GPS navigators that have been launched for the year and we had a sneak peek at Garmin’s nuvi Advanced series – the Garmin nuvi 2797LMT.

This 7-inch GPS navigator got us all excited with a couple of notable features. First, the powered mount, an all new Up Ahead menu that gives us a list of upcoming gas stations, banks/ATMs and restaurants and most of all, Traffic options that would alert drivers to current traffic conditions on the route they are on.

Stay tuned for the full Garmin nuvi 2797LMT review for more details!

A Look At The 6.0-Inch TomTom VIA 1605TM

It is about time to check out this monstrous 6.0-inch TomTom VIA 1605TM. While most of the world is looking to smaller gadgets to fit in their pockets, TomTom has demonstrated with the 1605TM, how effective mid-range GPS models can be, especially over advanced smartphones.

While the 1605TM isn’t the largest GPS available, it does come close considering it is noticeably larger than the more common 4.3-inch ones. But the large screen doesn’t come with a hefty price tag. The TomTom VIA 1605TM still boasts its budget price tag and a light weight to boot.

Packed with free lifetime maps and traffic updates, this 6-inch car GPS remains a unique gem in TomTom’s range of GPS devices and is certainly worth a look. Folks looking for smaller screens can consider the 5-inch TomTom VIA 1505TM that owns the same feature set.

A Value Buy : Garmin nuvi 2455LMT

Garmin nuvi 2455LMT

Garmin nuvi 2455LMT

2012 saw some of the best GPS devices coming from Garmin and the Garmin nuvi 2455LMT is just one of them. This GPS device was one of the first to include new refinements from the GPS manufacturer. These refinements include the new photoReal junction view and many more exciting features. If you have $200 to spare, the Garmin nuvi 2455LMT is simply an excellent choice considering it also comes with lifetime map and traffic updates. Read the full Garmin nuvi 2455LMT review here!

Great Garmin GPS Devices For The GPS Newbie

As commonplace as the GPS navigator may be, there are still some folks out there who are about to lay their hands on one, for the first time. While there are many GPS manufacturers out there, Garmin has to be one of the most popular GPS manufacturer names around the globe.

Newbies who are thinking about getting a GPS device can consider the entry level Garmin nuvi 40LM. While it does not have much state of the art features to boast of, this 4.3-inch basic GPS device will get you places and should prove very easy for people that never used a GPS device before to learn how to operate it.

If you believe you require a larger screen, the 5.0-inch Garmin nuvi 50LM would probably suffice. Find out more about the Garmin nuvi 50LM here.

Android App Connects Garmin Devices & Android Tablets

Sportablet

Sportablet

Targeted at fitness buffs, the all new Sportablet is an Android app that allows users to connect most Garmin devices to the Android tablets, giving users the ability to post to Garmin Connect or Facebook and more.

While Sportablet currently only allows one-way data transfer from the Garmin device to the Android tablet, there looks to be a roadmap for the further development of this app to allow two-way transfer.

Garmin users and loyal supporters can look forward to Sportablet support on the Edge series first.

Tips For The Newbie GPS User

Now that you have gotten yourself a spanking new GPS unit, here are a couple of tips that you might find useful :

1) Register it
Do make sure you register your units almost right away, especially if you did not get one with lifetime maps. By doing this, you might find yourself with a free map update, depending on the manufacturer. The general rule of thumb would be to do this within 60 days.

2) Explore it
Have fun poking around those menus to familiarize yourself with your new gadget and the options it provides you. Look out for options such as fastest route and not the shortest route and avoiding gravel roads, ferries and u-turns.

3) Mark your home
Mark your home on your GPS unit, for convenience.

4) Got a lemon?
If you have found yourself a lemon, take it to the store you purchased it from, making this the fastest and most hassle-free way to exchange it.

5) Trust but Verify
Some GPS can get you lost once in a while so the best thing to do is to trust but always verify the route to see if it looks right.

A Quick Look At The Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM

Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM

Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM

Magellan has been chucking GPS after GPS and the all new Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM has been unveiled. This 5″ GPS navigator system comes with high-end features such as Free Lifetime Map Updates and Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts and even a Magellan Wireless Back-up Camera!

Other new features found in this 5″ GPS machine include an all new Landmark Guidance feature that uses popular landmarks to navigate more intuitively, an upgrade Junction View for realistic images of freeway signs and arrows and Best Parking which provides parking garage locations with both their operation hours and entrance.

Just looking at these new features is making me drool. Time to check the 5255T-LM out in greater detail!

Put On Your GPS Shoes To Take You Home

Londoner Dominic Wilcox has invented a pair of shoes that would help navigate you to your desired destination. Named “No Place Like Home”, this pair of shoes is named after Dorothy’s famous line from the movie “The Wizard of Oz”.

Dominic Wilcox GPS Shoes

Dominic Wilcox GPS Shoes

The heel of the left shoe contains a GPS unit and a small antenna is hidden in the red fabric at the back of the shoe. Click your heels three times to start the GPS and a computer program will allow you to plot your destination on a map which you can then upload to your shoes via USB cable.

The left shoe has a circle of LED lights on the toe that light up to show you the direction you need to go. The right shoe has a line of LEDs that act as a progress bar, telling you how close you are to your destination. The shoes communicate via wireless.

Read the full article at ABC News.

All New : Garmin Fenix

Garmin Fenix

Garmin Fenix

The Garmin Fenix is the all new backcountry sportswatch to have! This brand new release from Garmin comes with a 50-hour battery life and GPS functions. With a watch like this on your wrist, the rock climber, hiker and even the fisherman in you can have both your hands free to navigate your way around the outdoors.

Those who love having customizable options will be pleased to find that this Garmin Fenix can be heavily customized. Along with a fairly intuitive interface, paperless geocaching and advanced track navigation features, this multi-functional watch from Garmin looks like a great watch to have.