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Whistle/GPS for Pets

Posted in Pets by Tam Yue on May 29th, 2014

Whistle with GPSThe guys over at Whistle are upgrading their “fitbit for pets”. You can now know where your dog is at all times.

Whistle was originally designed as an activity monitor for pets. Basically you can see any spikes in activity during the day, or know if that walk you took Fido on was really beneficial for him. Now they are adding GPS to their device. Considering that over 10 million pets are lost each year this is a great idea.

The Whistle device attaches to your pets collar and can record location, rest and activity. So you will still know if your pet is getting the right amount of activity everyday. They claim that the Whistle/GPS is the smallest device of its kind on the market and also has the longest battery life. You will be able to use it for about a week before having to recharge.

Hello Kitty GPS and TV

Posted in Hello Kitty by Conner Flynn on June 12th, 2011

We’ve seen our share of Hello Kitty gadgets, but I think this is the first GPS we’ve seen. Seiwa Japan has announced today that it will be selling a Hello Kitty Portable Navigation System as well as a Digital Portable TV. People do love Hello Kitty after all.

They are both the same basic design, the TV is just without GPS and a touchscreen. Other features include a 7″ WVGA display, Digital TV Tuner, 1Seg TV Tuner, SDHC Card reader, and support for DIVX, XVID, WMV, AC3, AAC, MP3, MP3, WMA formats. The Portable Navigation System will be about $809 and the TV will be $373. Who wants one?

Pentax unveils GPS add-on for DSLR cameras

Posted in Pentax by Conner Flynn on June 5th, 2011

The O-GPS1 is a GPS unit that allows geotagging of images. It attaches to your camera and allows the camera to add latitude, longitude, altitude, UTC capture time and direction as image metadata. Then you can use the data to place images in mapping software like Google Earth or just use it to organize your files.

If you own the K-5 and K-r models, you can use the ‘Astrotracer’ feature which predicts the movement of celestial objects and uses the sensor shift mechanism to track the movement to give astrophotographs with single points, rather than star-trails. Stargazers will love this feature.

Garmin Rino 610, 650 and 655t handheld two-way radios with GPS

Posted in Garmin by Reuben Drake on June 2nd, 2011

Garmin has unveiled its latest hand-held two-way radios, the Rino 610, 650 and 655t. Sure they will allow you to communicate, but they also include GPS technology, so you will always know where you are.

But that’s not all. They feature a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix and will automatically calculate and store satellite information and use the stored information to keep you updated with your current position. It will also send information about your location to other paired Rino device users as well as text messages. Who wants one?

TomTom Go Live 800 GPS Navigator Series

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2011

TomTom is set to release the Go Live 800 GPS navigator series in Europe. Your choice between the Go Live 820 and Go Live 825. The former has a 4.3-inch display screen, while the latter boasts a larger 5-inch display screen.

Both models feature Bluetooth connectivity and voice command recognition. The TomTom Go Live 825 will cost £230 (or $374). The TomTom Go Live 820 hasn’t been announced yet so we don’t have a price. Both GPS navigation devices will be launched in September of 2011.

Pioneer outs GPS with augmented reality mapping

Posted in Pioneer by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2011

Pioneer Japan has introduced four new and very interesting in-car navigation systems. They use a dash-mounted camera to display live images on the screens and superimpose digital images on it to help you navigate. The Augmented Reality GPS systems include the AVIC-VH09CS, AVIC-VH09, AVIC-ZH09CS and AVIC-ZH09. The systems can also show distances between cars and points of interest.

But that’s not all. They can also tell which lane the car is in, if a light is red or green and it can identify other traffic signals. All four feature DVD video playback support, Bluetooth, USB ports, a 1Seg digital TV tuner, and an SD card slot. Hard drive-based navigation is standard, as well as three years of free map data updates.

Bluetooth Rearview Mirror with GPS

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2011

Chinavasion has launched the 4.3-inch Bluetooth Rearview Mirror for your car. The device allows hands-free cell phone calling and offers GPS navigation. The Bluetooth Rearview Mirror also features an advanced SiRF STAR III chip with a Centrality Atlas 4 Dual-Core 500MHz processor.

The device also delivers high resolution video playback and has speakers so you can listen to your favorite tunes. It retails for $102 and should make you that much safer on the road.

Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS Watch

Posted in Garmin by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2011

You know Garmin for all of their fancy GPS devices and watches. Well, now they have a new watch in the Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS sport watch. It features a weather-proof touchscreen and is designed for serious runners looking for an extra advantage. The Forerunner 610 is good to go in rain, safe from your sweat and any other splashes you can throw at it.

This one is responsive enough that it can be operated while wearing running gloves. It sports features like pace, distance and time meter, a heart rate monitor, and you can even race with friends in other countries.

TomTom unveils new Pro Range GPS units with 5-inch Screen

Posted in TomTom by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2011

TomTom’s latest offering is the Pro range featuring large 5-inch screens and WORKsmart solutions for mileage registration, time registration, and job status reports. They also have IQ Routes and Eco route capability and Advanced Lane Guidance in addition to support for text-to-speech and hands-free calling. You also get vehicle tracking, job dispatch, time management, and fuel management. Those are some nice features, but that isn’t all.

It includes the PRO 7150, 9150 and 7150 TRUCK purchased via business partners with TomTom. The 7150 will cost you 359 euro, the 9150 is 429 euro, and the 7150 Truck is 399 euro. The TRUCK versions even allow you to pick a road that your big truck can fit on, which is pretty handy.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS will get you in shape

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2011

The new Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom is like a fitness coach. One that will track what you do, track how you do it, and then makes you do it again you filthy maggot. Double time! Okay, maybe it isn’t that motivating, but it will help.

The Nike+ SportWatch GPS combines the accuracy of GPS with the shoe-based Nike+ sensor (attached to your iPod Nano) to track time, pace, distance, calories burned, and heart rate, as you do your daily run. It will actually talk to you through your iPod Nano. The Nike Senor translates your workout data from the Sport Kit to your iPod Nano, which can then be connected to NikePlus.com.

Fujifilm FinePix XP30 GPS Camera

Posted in Fujifilm by Conner Flynn on January 5th, 2011

Fujifilm has unveiled the FinePix XP30 camera which is equipped with GPS. In fact it’s the worlds first outdoor compact camera with GPS. The Fujifilm FinePix XP30 also has a 14.2-megapixel sensor with CCD-shift image stabilization, a 5x optical zoom, face detection and automatic panorama functionality.

This compact camera is designed to be waterproof for up to five meters, dust proof, sand proof and will survive drops of up to 1.5m. It’s even freeze proof to -10 degrees centigrade.

Swap Rebel USB Phone Watch, with GPS and Touch Screen Display

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2010

Most people use their phones as a watch these days, but not as many use their watch as a phone. This is changing as watches can do more. The sWaP Rebel is first and foremost a watch. One that has cellphone functionality, a touchscreen color display, a built-in camera, FM radio and Bluetooth connectivity among other features.

The price isn’t too bad at £190 and you can choose from black, pink, orange, white and green colors, but it won’t replace your primary handset. It’s always nice to see watches doing more and more though.

Best Buy offers free GPS with iPod touch, free smartphones

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

Best Buy today has kicked off a post-Thanksgiving sale with a heavy emphasis on iPods. If you buy an 8GB fourth-generation iPod touch, you get a free GPS unit from the store’s in-house Insignia brand. Other iPods are also on sale, ranging from $5 for a fourth-generation iPod shuffle to $10 off new iPod nanos and $15 off the iPod classic.

It’s a good day to buy an iPod it seems. Zune too. If you want a Zune HD, you can also get a deal, as those who buy the 16GB or 32GB models can get a Zune HD AV Dock for free.

AutoBot app lets you control your car

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2010

AutoBot is a new iPhone and Android app that works with a Bluetooth OBD-II dongle and lets you diagnose engine problems, keep track of maintenance, and even locate your car via GPS if it is stolen. It can even be configured to automatically send a text to loved ones if you get into an accident, telling them your GPS coordinates.

The app recently won a startup competition at i-Stage 2010. It sounds great, but sadly it isn’t slated to be available until 2012. When it does ship it will cost $300 for the hardware and the software, with an extra fee to get rid of pop-up ads.

Bluetooth GPS Rearview Mirror

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2010

You might think that this clip on Bluetooth GPS Rearview Mirror might be a little dangerous, but when you think about it, it might be good to have a GPS navigation unit where you should be looking anyway. Of course the multi-tasking as you chat on your hands-free, while your GPS chats back might not be so great for your attention.

The device costs $104.13/£64.36. Just snap this thing in place and it replaces your normal rearview mirror with an all-in-one Bluetooth Rearview Mirror that has hands-free cell phone calling, built-in GPS navigation, and multimedia.