Coolest Gadgets » GPS gadgets Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:00:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BLACK+DECKER Smart Dog Collar Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:00:12 +0000

Every dog deserves its very own collar, and this is exactly what the folks over at BLACK+DECKER have done, coming up with the all new Smart Dog Collar. This is a path that is less traveled by BLACK+DECKER, where through their licensing program, they have taken the step to expand into pet technology. Wagz, Inc. is their new partner in its licensing program, and apart from the Smart Dog Collar, other kinds of connected pet products include the Smart Dog Feeder and a Smart Dog Door. Let us take a closer look at the BLACK+DECKER Smart Dog Collar for now, which will be different from a regular dog collar.

It will be the first product for pets from BLACK+DECKER that will debut in the market in time for the 2017 holiday season. This intelligent tracker has been specially built in order to monitor the whereabouts and safety of your beloved furry kid. Thanks to the wonders of precise location tracking, virtual fencing, distance monitoring, pre-recorded messages, and on-demand alerts, this is a GPS-enabled collar that ensures dog owners will be able to take advantage of valuable data as well as insights, not to mention provide invaluable piece of mind.

Expect the BLACK+DECKER Smart Feeder and the BLACK+DECKER Smart Dog Door to roll out some time in the second quarter of next year. Wagz, Inc.’s CEO, Terry Anderton, shares, “The connectivity in the Smart Collar will be used to activate the other products and save information and habits. This line of connected pet products will ensure you never lose track of your dog, the right food is delivered at the right time, and that your dog has the freedom to enter and exit your home safely.”

All of these products can be specially controlled via a single BLACK+DECKER app, where it will be available on Android and iOS platforms.

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Timex Ironman GPS watch Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:00:34 +0000 timex-ironman-gpsTimex is well known for rolling out GPS watches for the sports enthusiast, and with the $99 Timex Ironman GPS watch, their latest effort is no different. In fact, Timex claims that it is going to be the most simple GPS watch that they have launched to date, and we are simply not surprised at all with that claim. In fact, it boasts of the latest antenna technologies alongside an easy to use interface which would appeal to just about anyone, be it a seasoned triathlete or your everyday fitness enthusiast who would like to get a spot of running, swimming and cycling in from time to time.

TIMEX President & CEO Tobias Reiss-Schmidt, shared, “Our IRONMAN collection has been helping athletes cross finish lines since 1986, and we know that athletes want to do what they love, not stand around and push buttons, so we made it simpler without any compromise. TIMEX antenna technology is top of the line, and there are no hassles or extra frills to get in the way of your run. It really is the simplest GPS watch you’ll ever use.”

With the latest satellite acquisition technology within keeping track of your progress, you can also opt to share your fitness record with popular running tracking apps. Charging the Timex Ironman GPS watch is a snap — just use a micro-USB cable to hook it up to your computer and you’re good to go. No more hassles with looking for an extra charger, or to scrounge around for yet another cable. Being lightweight and easily accessible, the Ironman GPS features multisport training functionality for swimming, biking, and running, in addition to a slew of other metric displays, interval timers, and a race mode. Regardless of how far you have come in your fitness adventure, it should still have enough left in its tank to help the most dedicated of athletes complete their goals.

Expect the Ironman GPS watch to arrive in black and white styles that can be further enhanced via $14.95 interchangeable colorful straps.

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Polar M460 bike computer comes with GPS capability Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:00:12 +0000 polar-m460Are all bike computers created equal? Not really, as Polar has come up with the Polar M460 which will be the culmination of wearable sports and fitness technology knowledge which has been amassed since the past four decades. The Polar M460 will arrive in a sleek, all-black and fiber-like surface texture that will deliver an improved button grip, while being equipped with integrated GPS, additional power meter compatibility, advanced power metrics and smart coaching, and Strava Live Segments. In other words, the $179.90 Polar M460 is being marketed as the ideal training tool for cyclists who would like to achieve their fitness or cycling goals. There is far more value to that price point than meets the eye, since it will be accompanied by a two-month Strava Premium membership.

This versatile Polar M460 will boast of reliable, built-in GPS and barometer-based inclinometer, while sporting compatibility with a wide range of third party power meters and advanced cycling power metrics. Among them include notable names like Training Peaks’ Normalized Power, Intensity Factor and Training Stress Score, in an effort to make training more efficient. As cyclists remain connected, the Polar M460 will also boast of smart notifications for incoming calls, texts, calendar alerts as well as social media updates, in addition to Strava Live Segments so that cyclists can check out their stats in real-time, allowing them to achieve peak performance while sharing their experiences with one another over social media.

Just in case you feel that you would not want to go out cycling that day because of a slight drizzle and would not like to damage the Polar M460, fret not. The Polar M460 has IPX7 rating water resistance, in addition to a battery life that delivers up to 16 hours of training as well as a front LED light for additional safety.

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Polar M200 GPS running watch looks way too cool Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:30:16 +0000 polar-m200When it comes to wearable sports and fitness technology, there is one particular name that has etched itself into the back of our minds: Polar. Polar has come up with its fair share of GPS training watches in the past, and here we are with another potential winner — the Polar M200 GPS running watch.

The Polar M200 GPS running watch is a device that is waterproof, making sure you would not have a single excuse not to suit up and head for your daily run even when it starts to pour on the outside. Equipped with Polar’s proprietary wrist-based heart rate technology, the Polar M200 will come with 24/7 activity and sleep tracking as well as stylish interchangeable color wristbands. Those who are interested can pick it up for $149 a pop or €149 across the pond, making it a highly affordable device when it comes to providing reliable training metrics as well as live, personalized training guidance.

It does not matter which particular level your running is at — the Polar M200 will still be able to offer key metrics such as pace and distance thanks to its integrated GPS capability. Not only that, it will also boast of Polar’s optical heart rate measurement, which is a unique algorithm that has been specially developed and optimized by Polar that can meet their industry-leading heart rate standards. When the Polar M200 GPS is fully juiced up, you get up to half a dozen hours of training time with GPS and optical heart rate.

Not only that, it will also be able to track your daily activity such as steps, burned calories, sleep time and sleep quality. A built in vibration function will inform users of incoming calls, messages, calendar alerts and social media notifications, while sending you reminders if you remain inactive for too long a period of time. Arriving with a choice of small/medium and medium/large changeable wristbands for the perfect fit, you can pick from red and black colors while other changeable wristband colors will be sold separately.

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Garmin introduces Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 bike navigation devices Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:00:36 +0000 garmin-edge-820Garmin has had its fair share of GPS navigation devices over the years, and in this day and age where just about every single smartphone or tablet does have built-in GPS, it is nice to see how Garmin has moved with the times and thrive. In fact, they have expanded their GPS device family to a myriad of options, where among them include the newly announced Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820. Both of these are lightweight and compact GPS cycling computers that come complete with comprehensive ride data, bike-specific navigation and the new GroupTrack feature.

This is not the first time that Garmin has indulged itself in bicycle GPS devices, as they have done so in the past as with the Garmin Edge 500. With the Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820, riders will be able to stay connected with family and friends easily, both in and out of the peloton. This is made possible courtesy of GroupTrack, where it enables cyclists to easily keep tabs of everyone in their group in the event that they get separated.

In order to assist in the creation of a safer riding environment, both devices will also play nice with the Varia cycling awareness line and include built-in incident detection. They also boast of integrated Garmin Cycle Map with points of interest, bike-friendly trails and more, arriving in a compact design that has been specially optimized for riding regardless of the road condition. For cyclists who are on the lookout for additional in-depth data, the Edge 820 offers advanced performance monitoring via VO2 max, recovery advisor, FTP and watts/kg tracking, performance condition, Strava Live Segments and advanced cycling dynamics.

The Edge 820 will cost $399.99 a pop, or $499.99 if it arrives bundled with a speed sensor, cadence sensor and a premium heart rate monitor. As for the Edge Explore 820, it will retail for $349.99.

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International Traveler’s GPS Tablet ensures you are not lost no matter where you are Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:00:30 +0000 international-travelers-gpsTraveling these days tend to be a whole lot more convenient and easier thanks to the wonders of the Internet, where you can do your fair bit of research before you even arrive at a place, and then get right in on the attractions, food and sights. However, if you are in unfamiliar territory, you might want to have a map with you handy – and why not have a navigational device to go along with it as well? This is where the $199.99 International Traveler’s GPS Tablet plays a role, where this tablet computer with GPS will be able to offer proper guidance sans a working Internet connection.

That makes it perfect should you happen to make your way to a place where there is no cellular signal as well, as the tablet’s built-in GPS radio will be able to determine just where you are exactly, plottin your location on the map app, and offering directions to just about any destination, all without needing a connection to Wi-Fi or a cellular network. The tablet itself sports a 7″ high-definition touchscreen and runs on Android 4.2 – while far from being the latest version of Android, it is stable enough to get the job done. Sporting front and rear-facing cameras, it will be equipped with 16GB of internal memory and a microSD memory card slot for expansion purposes, alongside 10GB of cloud storage. United States and Canadian maps come preloaded, while other maps can be downloaded for free.

After all, getting lost is definitely no fun at all, especially when you are on a holiday and would like to do your best to enjoy the surroundings and the people whom you’ve traveled halfway around the world to meet. Certainly getting a little bit of help from a mobile device in letting you know where to go and how to go is worth every penny.
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Casio reveals new MR-G variant G-Shock timepiece Wed, 02 Mar 2016 13:00:37 +0000 casio-mrgHaving a watch used to be cool for a very, very long time, until smartphones came along and more or less made the watch redundant as an essential tool, downgrading it more to that of a fashion accessory. However, smart watches have managed to find a niche for themselves, and it looks like the elegant timepiece wrapped around your wrist is not going to go away anytime soon. Heck, even some manufacturers like Casio have made a name for themselves by clearly entrenching their products as tough-as-nails devices, with the G-Shock brand name reverberating across the industry. The latest model would be the new MR-G variant G-Shock timepiece that will be known as the MR-G Hybrid GPS, as it hits the market some time later this month.

Going by the model number MRGG1000DC-1A, this particular timepiece is made in Yamagata Japan, and it has been specially designed to feature a beautiful silver bezel and Akagane accents. Akagane is actually a stunning copper alloy that has anywhere from 3% to 5% gold, and it is most often used in traditional Japanese craftwork.

In order to maintain the unparalleled craftsmanship and dependability that G-SHOCK MR-G wearers have come to expect, the MRGG1000DC-1A will boast of the hybrid technology of GPS as well as Multi-Band 6, in addition to the likes of Tough Solar, Sapphire Glass (Anti-Glare), and Ti-6A-4V+TIC Bezel. The case and bracelet will rely on titanium as the material of choice.

In addition, this particularly superior timepiece will also arrive equipped with shock resistance, 200M Water Resistance, Tough Solar, Tough Movement, Latitude Indicator, Airplane Mode, Dual Dial World Time (40TZ, 27 Cities+UTC), LED (Super Illuminator), Neo-brite Luminous Hands, Daily Alarm, Full Auto Calendar, 1/20th Sec. Stopwatch (24min), Countdown Timer (24Hr), Day/Date Display, all crammed into a case size of 49.8mm. It will not come cheap considering the craftsmanship and material that has gone into it, as the MRGG1000DC-1A MR-G Hybrid GPS will cost a whopping $2,600 a pop.

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Garmin announces vívoactive HR GPS smartwatch Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:00:04 +0000 vivoactiveHRWhile Garmin is well known for their range of GPS-enabled devices, this does not mean that they should just keep to their regular line of navigational tools that help you get from one point to another. No sir, there should be innovation always to push them forward, and rather than sit and rest on their laurels, the folks over at Garmin have decided to take the plunge into the smartwatch market, except that with Garmin’s expertise in GPS technology, you can be sure that their vívoactive HR GPS smartwatch will be different from the other models out there in the market.

First of all, the vívoactive HR GPS smartwatch will sport Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology, allowing it to keep track of active moments throughout the day, as it does the difficult and mundane job of counting the number of steps taken and floors climbed, the intensity of minutes, monitoring sleep and featuring built-in GPS-enabled sports apps for walking, running, biking, swimming, golfing, paddle boarding, rowing, skiing and snowboarding.

The vívoactive HR will make use of the 24/7 wrist-based heart rate data collected in order to calculate the amount of calories burned in addition to the intensity of fitness activities, offering proper credit for users’ array of workouts. Thanks to the Connect IQ store, users are able to easily personalize their vívoactive HR with free apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields.

This unique smartwatch will boast of up to eight days’ battery life in watch/activity tracking mode (with 24/7 heart rate monitoring, no GPS) or up to 13 hours using GPS, in order to have it keeps up with users’ active lifestyles while ensuring they remain connected as well. It is capable of sending any notification from a compatible smartphone, where among them include incoming calls, texts, emails, calendar reminders, and social media alerts, making sure that you do not miss what’s going on in your digital life.

Expect the vívoactive HR to start shipping some time in the second quarter of the year for $249.99 a pop, as it arrives in regular and extra-large fit black bands.

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Kii delivers Snowfox portable tracker for children Thu, 18 Feb 2016 18:00:52 +0000 kiiChildren are very precious – regardless of where they are, their exuberant spirit and natural optimism is always a joy to watch and be with. Having said that, their sense of curiosity also brings them on various adventures, and this might at times, end up in them getting lost around a particular area or place. This would indirectly cause a sense of distress to the parents as well, so why not live out the mantra that prevention is indeed better than cure? While there are devices like the LG KiZON for the little ones, here is yet another child tracker that works great if you would like to keep up with the times – the Snowfox from Kii.

Kii is one of the leading Internet of Things (IoT) cloud platform provider, working alongside Haltian, a high technology electronics design and production house, to deliver their latest portable tracker and communication device that is known as Snowfox. This is a next generation tracking solution that comprises of a durable and portable device with voice calling, GPS tracking and an app, with all of those functions backed by Kii’s IoT platform. This particular collaboration between Kii and Haltian ensures that there is a viable solution that will address the highest priority for any parent – their child’s safety.

The Snowfox is rather special as it comes with an embedded SIM card and is ready to work right out of the box, and it will also carry some key differentiators which would help it to stand apart from the rest of the crowd, including powerful two-way calling feature, a simple button that can double up as a panic button or a simple check-in button, accurate GPS tracking, rugged all-weatherproof design that is impact-resistant, multiple geo-fencing zone capabilities that enables a parent to see the tracker’s most recent location, the ability to create no-go zones and receive notifications when a tracker reaches or leaves a specific place.

With a simple design that can be used by children and parents alike with little help, expect to see more of the Snowfox at MWC next week – with a commercial release tipped for a Q2 2016 rollout. There is no word on pricing as at press time.

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Garmin Approach S20 GPS golf watch announced Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:00:37 +0000 garmin-approach-s20When it comes to GPS golf watches, you can more or less rely on one particular name that can just about deliver all the time, and that would be Garmin. In the past, the company has rolled out its fair number of GPS golf watches, and this time around it looks like the Garmin Approach S20 GPS golf watch is set to further cement the legendary performance of Garmin’s products in this niche market yet again.

First of all, the Garmin Approach S20 GPS golf watch comes across as a stylish, sleek and lightweight device, where this versatile timepiece comes with far more than just the ability to be able to tell you what time it is (actually, you already know – it is golfing time!). It will be preloaded with more than 40,000 courses around the world, in addition to daily activity tracking and connected features such as smart notifications and automatic updates.

Not only that, there is also a new AutoShot feature that records the location and distance of every shot automatically, before allowing the data to be uploaded to the recently updated Garmin Connect mobile app for post-round analysis. The S20 will also work great in offering information such as yardages to the green, hazards and others, and will play nice with the new TruSwing golf club sensor in order to deliver in-depth swing metrics.

Sporting a stylish and comfortable full-hinged watchband, the Approach S20 is perfect for everyday use. Apart from the rather obvious golf features, the S2 will also sport daily activity tracking that monitors and records daily steps, calories burned, distance and sleep, in addition to move alerts so that users will be notified to remain active throughout the day. The S20 is also capable of receiving smart notifications from compatible smartphones, letting you remain connected via notifications for call, texts, emails and more right on your new favorite timepiece.

Expect the Garmin Approach S20 to arrive next month in black, white and midnight teal for a recommended retail price of $199.99.

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