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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 :

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 Originally made for the benefit of Alzheimer’s patients, these shoes enable Alzheimer’s patients to be monitored remotely.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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!