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Garmin Forerunner 610 sports watch

15 Apr

Do you participate in triathlons as though it was a walk in the park? Those who nod their head in agreement would want to get a timepiece that is capable of living up to their highly active lifestyle – we’re talking about the Garmin Forerunner 610 sports watch. As you know, Garmin deals mostly with GPS navigation systems, and when they aren’t dreaming up of better ways to let you know where you’re going, along comes an idea like a GPS watch.

This slim, robust and weatherproof touchscreen electronic gadgets will cater for serious runners who want an advantage during their routines, as the Garmin Forerunner 610 is capable of shrugging off water like a duck, and is responsive enough to work even when you’re wearing running gloves. Basically, the Forerunner 610 intends to stick to you like a barnacle, coaching you at every single step to help you cross the finish line in the fastest time possible.

The Forerunner 610 lives up to its billing though, since it is capable of “going ahead” of you in some way so that you can figure out the next move as you digest an inflow of basic information including your pace, distance and time, keeping track of your effort via your heart rate. This will help you create interval workouts or perhaps even race a friend who is residing on a different continent from yours.

A vibration motor inside the Forerunner 610 electronic gadgets will be able to let you know your training intensity courtesy of the new Training Effect feature. Basically, any well read athlete need not have a coach or sports scientist right beside if you know what to do with the kind of information garnered by the sports watch itself. Also, you can learn to do your best always thanks to Virtual Racer, letting you race yourself or the previous bests of other users – sort of like the ghost function in Mario Kart as you zip around the track to beat your previous best time.

There is no word on pricing just yet for the Garmin Forerunner 610 electronic gadgets, but with it being a flagship, we don’t think it will be cheap. On the bright side, at least your pockets will be lighter after getting this so that you are more fleet-footed.

Source from Coolest Gadgets

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TomTom Announces Availability of VIA Series in North America

2 Apr

New Series Introduces Important Safety-Enhancing Features to Mid-Range electronic gadgets!

Concord, MA, April 1, 2011 – TomTom, the world’s leading provider of location and navigation products and services, today announced the availability of the VIA Series in the United States and Canada. The new TomTom VIA navigation devices, previously announced at the Consumer Electronics Show, offer consumers a powerful navigation experience with a sleek new design, an enhanced software platform, and premium safety-enhancing features such as Intuitive Voice Recognition and Bluetooth® Hands-Free Calling.

Offering even more choices for drivers, the new VIA Series features a range of models, including the 4.3″ VIA 1405 and 1435, as well as the 5″ VIA 1505 and 1535. Consumers will also have the option to purchase these models with Lifetime Maps and/or Lifetime Traffic**.

New Design
Drivers will travel in style with TomTom VIA’s super-slim design and its new, integrated and innovative fold-and-go EasyPort® mount. This convenient mounting system allows for easy positioning of the device either on the windshield or the dash and the device orients the display with a useful flip-screen feature.

The devices will be offered in two finishes – the VIA 1435 and 1535 features a contemporary brushed-aluminum finish, while the VIA 1405 and 1505 range offers a classic, black finish.

Premium Safety-Enhancing Features
The VIA 1435 and 1535 range offers drivers a suite of premium safety-enhancing features, including Intuitive Voice Control and Bluetooth Hands-Free calling, that allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

The new and improved Intuitive Voice Recognition on the VIA 1435 and 1535 allows drivers to utilize voice commands that can be spoken naturally, in one simple step. For instance, drivers can now say “Take me to 55 Main Street, Anywhere, USA” in one simple step rather than breaking up the address by city, state, street and street number.

Smart User Interface
The VIA products will include the newest version of TomTom’s acclaimed, new navigation software to offer drivers a world-class navigation experience. Drivers will be able to plan routes easily and quickly with faster route-planning and a bright touch-screen.

Features Overview of these electronic gadgets:
– Intuitive Voice Recognition (optional)
– Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling* (optional)
– Integrated Mount with flip-screen
– Crisp, sharp graphics and intuitive user menus
– Expanded driving view on 4.3″ or 5″ touch screens
– Lifetime Traffic & Map Updates** (optional)
– Spoken Street Names
– Advanced Lane Guidance

Availability and Pricing
The VIA will be available at retail locations starting April 1. MSRP begins at $169.

Top 8 Radar Detectors for Drivers

20 Mar

If you drive a lot and they are legal in your state a radar detector can keep you from getting into trouble. Radar detectors are legal in my state and I am not the sort that speeds or races, but I often end up going faster than I thought I was and run up on a cop.

There is nothing worse than the feeling you get when you pop over a hill doing 80mph in a 70mph zone without realizing you are even doing it only to find a cop at the bottom of the hill. Radar detectors for many people aren’t so they can go as fast as they want, but just to help them remember to check there speed when they hear the beep.

I can remember as a kid my dad had a radar detector and it beeping constantly. If you went by a store with automatic doors it beeped, it beeped so much you hardly knew when it was worth listening too and when to ignore it. The newer radar detectors on the market today are much different from that. These electronic gadgets are more particular about when they go off and when they don’t.

They are also able to detect more radar bands including laser detectors. However, nothing will protect you from the instant on laser radar that many police agencies use today. When you are shopping for a radar detector there are gobs and gobs of them out there and they can get very expensive. Some of them will alert you to intersections with cameras or speed cameras using GPS and an integrated database. These are great for people that drive in unfamiliar areas a lot. I always seem to be the driver that gets in the spot in traffic where the light changes to yellow and I can’t decide to hit the brakes hard or go on through the intersection. It would be nice to know if there were cameras there watching me.

Some of the radar detectors on the market will also show you if the radar is in front of you or behind you and some have a digital compass and color screens while others make due with lights and beepers. If the beeps drive you crazy, some have a voice sort of like a GPS uses too to make things more agreeable with you. Whatever you order just be sure that a radar detector is legal in your state and get one to suit your needs and your budget. Check out the list below for some of the coolest radar detectors around.

1. Whistler XTR-140 Laser/Radar Detector – This radar detector is one of the most popular mainly thanks to its low price of well under $80. It covers all laser bands, Radar, and VG-2 as well as safety bands. It has a twin alert periscope for visual attention and a large display that is easy to read. It also has a city mode switch and a band identification switch. It also uses VG-2 cloaking for undetectability.

2. Escort Passport 9500ix – Drivers that have the budget for a fully featured radar detector will want to check out the Passport 9500ix. Rather than getting a beep that tells you nothing about what is going on, this detector has a voice alert system and a high resolution screen. It has user selectable preferences and AutoLearn capability. It’s not cheap at right under $500 but it is one of the better units on the market today.

3. Cobra XRS 9970G – This radar detector uses voice alerts and comes bundled with a GPS device that allows the user to now where speed cameras are as they drive. The price of the device at a bit under $200 includes the lifetime subscription to the Aura database. The device has a 1.5-inch color touchscreen and can detect all 15 radar and laser bands with fast lock on. It also has a compass and a car battery voltage display and more.

4. Cobra iRadar iRAD100 for iPhone and iPod touch – This is one of the more interesting radar detectors on the market today. The radar detection portion has no major display like some units you see on the market today. It interfaces via Bluetooth with your iPod touch or iPhone. It has a high performance radar detector inside that can recognize all radar and laser guns in use today. The app that runs on your iPhone or touch is a free download and will show you speedometer, compass, and alert history on the radar map view. It also has city modes and will log areas where it senses radar frequently as a speed trap. This detector sells for $129.

5. Valentine One – One of the more respected radar detectors on the market is the Valentine one. This is one of the few radar detectors that can show you the direction the radar is hitting you. It’s a good thing to know if the radar is in front, behind, or beside you. The Valentine One detects X, K, Ka, and Super Wideband Ka as well as laser protection. It has a rear radar antenna as well. You can but the Valentine One for about $500.

6. Escort Passport iQ – If you want a radar detector, but you also want GPS navigation the new Passport iQ combines the two into one device. The detector has a 5-inch widescreen LCD and full GPS mapping capability. The device has full radar and laser detection with speed camera locations and more. It uses NAVTEQ maps and will give you turn by turn driving directions and more. It will reject false alarms based on location and the strength of the signal. It also has a database with thousands of red light camera locations and speed camera locations .You can get the Passport iQ for $649.95.

7. Cobra XRS R10G – If you want a radar detector that you can hide a bit better the XRS R10G is an interesting unit This thing has a smaller radar detector that you can mount behind your mirror or in another out of the way place. It has a small LCD with the controls for the detector on it that runs off rechargeable batteries. The remote screen shows the warnings and allows you see the details of the hidden unit. The R10G sells for $249.99.

8. Escort Passport 9500ci – If you want the ultimate in hidden radar protection the 9500ci is the unit to look at. This thing is $1599 making it the most expensive radar detector on the list and it has to be custom installed. The detector has sensors that mount on the front and rear of your car and a remote control system and a small screen. The screen gives the warning from the system and the remote control allows the driver to control functions of the device. It promises protection from all radar and laser bands and has safety and speed camera locations programmed in.

 

Source from i4u