GPS, Fitness, Sports and Outdoors Products
A small GPS receiver that only records track information can be really simple and low-cost device. If, however, the product features even a tiny black-and-white display, the device becomes much more useful. It can display speed, distance, location, direction and other information. The Holux GPSport 260 is an example of these small GPS trackers with tiny display.
A small GPS receiver that can record your track is a useful device to have. Not only the device lets you sync your photos with your travel route and display the pictures on a map, but usually, the product can be used as a GPS receiver for a mobile phone as well. The Qstarz BT-Q1000XT has an additional feature - it can alert you whenever you are about to exceed the speed limit.
Amaze GPS application has been available for a few years already, even before Google Maps or Ovi Maps were around. The nice thing with Amaze navigation app is that it runs on a wide range of mobile phones. In addition, you can share your location to your Facebook friends from Amaze application.
Practically every dog owner's nightmare is to lose the animal in a park or into the wilderness. Even worse is to lose the dear friend to a nasty thief. We have seen many products equipped with GPS receivers that have been designed to track pets. The problem with most of the units is large size and limited communication capabilities. The Retrieva Dog Collar has addressed both problems.
An affordable starter kit to sports electronics, Garmin Forerunner 110 watch with GPS and heart rate monitor
Anyone who is serious with his or her exercise program or calorie monitoring effort can benefit from integrated applications of electronics and software. A sports watch that can display more information than time is a good point to start. Garmin has designed an entry-level, affordable sports watch - the Forerunner 110 - that comes with GPS and heart rate monitor.
If you like to hike, you get a basic GPS receiver for outdoors use, right? But if you also like to cycle, to kayak, or do other outdoors sports, you'll need another GPS product to help you with navigation, distance and time. Fortunately, affordable multipurpose GPS devices have recently been introduced that can manage different types of outdoors activities. Qstarz SR-Q2100 has been designed for people who like to take up many types of outdoors activities.
Often, GPS receivers that come with smartphones are only used for road navigation or saving geographic location information in photos. Travelers, however, have to carry guide books along for their trips if they want to learn anything from sights they see. If you have a modern smartphone, like the Apple iPhone, you might think that there's an app for that. Well, Geolives is a multimedia tour guide application for that.
It is surprising how quickly GPS navigators have become part of daily life in our cars, pockets, and smartphones. It is also surprising that there aren't many products that could be used both on the road and off-road situations. Holux has introduced a GPS product that can help people stay on the course both in the great outdoors and on the road.
Feature-creep is a well-known phenomenon in the technology industry. For instance, GPS car navigation devices quickly adopted MP3 player, digital camera, and video player features once they became mass markets products. Garmin has taken the race to introduce new features a step further - the company has created a GPS navigator with digital TV receiver.
Usually, GPS technology is associated with navigation. You know, a GPS device in a car is giving instructions where to turn next or a handheld GPS device that's displaying the path and distance to the camp site while hiking in the wilderness. There's much more you can do with GPS. The technology can also be used for saving locations of photos taken on digital cameras. The GPS receiver that provides geographic coordinates for photos can be a separate light-weight and low-cost device, like the tiny i-gotu GT-600.
GPS positioning technology is familiar to many of us from satellite navigation products that guide drivers and cyclists to their destinations. GPS can be used in many other applications, such as tracking the location of objects, people or animals as well. As long as the GPS receiver can pick up satellite signals, it can calculate its exact location. In tracking applications, the challenge is to find a technique for transmitting the location information to someone who needs it. The Tramigo T22 tracking device has found a universal solution; the GSM network.
People who never want to get lost may have to own multiple GPS satellite navigation devices. They may have to get one device for car, another for hiking, and a third one for sailing. It would be possible to use a mobile phone that is equipped with GPS for different types of navigation tasks by downloading a suitable application and a map to a smartphone, but not everyone likes the phone's small screen. Garmin has introduced the Nuvi 500 that has been designed as a portable handheld GPS device for walking, cycling, driving, and boating.
When a dog has to go, it has to go. Maybe it is because there's nothing interesting to dig in the home yard, or sensuous scents from the other side of the road lure a dog away from home, but it happens. If you worry about losing your canine, modern technology can bring you peace of mind. GPS technology can pinpoint your dog's exact location and GSM network can transmit the location information to you. When all this is packaged in one product, like the Zoombak Dog Locator, it makes finding lost canines easy and fast.
GPS receivers are typically used for navigation, but as a byproduct of geographic positioning, GPS devices can also calculate accurate speed and distance. When this information is merged with data from a heart rate monitor, results are valuable for anyone who is serious about improving his or her fitness. The Garmin Forerunner 405 is a fitness watch that comes with GPS, heart rate monitor, and software for analyzing all the collected information.
Sometimes, when people see digital photos posted on a map on the Internet, they believe it is magic. It's not magic, but only requires a small GPS unit and a piece of software that does the trick. We have tried out many good solutions that work with camera phones, other solutions that work with digital cameras, but the ATP Photo Finder is one of the first products that is compatible with both camera phones and digital cameras.
The Magellan Triton GPS devices are rugged, impact and water resistant units for use in the great outdoors. Yet, the products come with high-resolution color screens for viewing, for instance, National Geographic maps when hiking, skiing, or cycling. Two of the Triton units come with touch screen, voice recorder and MP3 player.
It was a quiet day in the office until the first beep broke through the flat humming sound from fans and computers. Soon, there was another beep. Then, more beeps were heard from all over the office. No, it wasn't a new crazy frog ringtone making noise from mobile phones or an alert for new email on PCs. Employees' wrist watches had something important to tell to their owners. A storm was closing in on the Suunto headquarters, where the employees’ Suunto Core wrist-top computers sensed the change in weather and gave a storm alarm.
GPS navigation devices are meant to show you where you are, or tell you how to go to another place. Sure, there are navigators with MP3 players, cameras, and other features, but a portable GPS device that can be temporarily attached to the dashboard or carried along for a walk is just what most people need. The Mio Digiwalker C230 is a portable GPS device that provides the essentials – and leaves some money for petrol.
Cyclists who love to explore new terrains or back roads, appreciate a small and reliable navigation tool. Many athletes may still trust printed maps, but detest putting the foot down for a minute for viewing the map when the sun is shining and backwind is rolling the wheels. PDA- and phone-based GPS systems work well, but the devices have to be stashed away in a waterproof pocket. The Garmin Edge 605 and 705 are GPS navigators that can be attached to the bicycle handlebar for viewing maps, routes, speed, distance, and pedaling power information.
In addition to dedicated satellite navigation devices, GPS technology has quickly found its way to other products, like fitness and outdoors watches. Timex has designed a comprehensive system called Bodylink to allow real-time monitoring of information that affects a training session. The system consists of a fitness watch, heart rate sensor, GPS-based speed and distance sensor, and a data recorder. The Timex Bodylink Trail Runner product package comes with the necessary components for simple navigation and for monitoring an exercise session in real time.
Garmin is renowned for the GPS devices that help people to navigate the roads, the sea, or explore the great outdoors. Some GPS products can even merge data from a heart rate monitor. But what if you tend to exercise indoors where GPS signals can't be received at all? Then, you really don't need GPS, but something that can measure speed and distance indoors. That's what the Garmin Forerunner 50 has been designed to achieve.
Heart rate monitors make it easier to exercise within optimal zone, making training sessions efficient. When additional information about speed and distance is merged with the heart rate data, it is possible to draw even more valuable conclusions from the training sessions. Polar has designed a comprehensive training system around the RS800 wrist computer. The wrist computer can collect heart rate data, GPS and other information, and make it available in real time on the wrist computer's display, and for later analysis on a PC.
It maybe fun to take photos as fast as the forefinger can push the camera shutter button, but how do you remember where all those pictures were taken? Today, only few people print and sort their photos into photo albums with notes describing the shooting locations. Gisteq has designed an easy-to-use product that saves the exact geographical coordinates of the photos you have taken. The Gisteq PhotoTrackr works with all digital cameras, with the capability to upload pictures to Google Earth and Flickr.
Each innovator has a moment when the vision for something new turns into an achievable goal. The visionary moment for the Frwd products happened on a mountain bike trail where a competitor was left far behind the others. The sorry competitor wanted to learn why his performance was so much short of stronger riders' performance. It took a few years, but he managed to integrate an impressive collection of modern technology - a GPS receiver, a heart rate monitor, an altimeter, a chronometer, and related PC and mobile phone software - into a product that every athlete could use.
We have had difficulties in understanding why there are dedicated GPS products for navigating the seas, finding the right way on the road, and getting out of the wilderness without getting lost. Memory and display technologies are not priced for space rockets anymore, and it shouldn't be a major technology breakthrough to design a navigator that can do all three things; on the road, off-road, and sea navigation. Fortunately, Magellan's clever engineers have shared our view and designed the Magellan CrossoverGPS, a product that we can take wherever we want to go (apart from the space and under the water).
Have you wondered why men are willing to wear bulky outdoors sports watches that are almost as large as a mobile phone? They may just want to show off that they own such a cool product, or there hasn't been much choice for style and size of wearable wristop computers. The slim and stylish Suunto Lumi is an outdoors sports watch for people who don't want to carry a device but to wear it. In addition to wrapping the Suunto Lumi around the wrist, it can be worn as a pendant.
Adventurer, explorer, hunter, and love-hungry dogs like to stretch their legs when unleashed. And why not – there are always plenty of new signs to check out. If you want to know where your dog is roaming, the RoamEO GPS-based system lets you track her practically in real time. You simply attach a GPS-equipped collar to your dog and the unit will transmit its location via radio waves to a handheld device that displays the dog's whereabouts on a color screen.
If you are considering a GPS receiver for your outdoors or geocaching adventure, you should determine if you want the device to display maps, have a color screen, or guide you to the destination. The size of the unit and battery life are important factors for a portable outdoors device as well. If you intend to follow tracks or travel along roads, the normal 30 feet/10 meter GPS accuracy should be enough for you. For geocaching and other applications where you might need higher accuracy, WAAS-equipped GPS products can be a better solution.
Have you ever wondered where you car is cruising when you are not on board? Have you ever worried where grandma is roaming when she's left home without her pills? A combination of modern GPS positioning and mobile phone technology provides the solution for worried citizens. The GoPass GPS-911 device can calculate its geographic position from GPS satellites and transmit the information via mobile network for viewing on a PC or on a mobile device.
The Mio DigiWalker C220 is a portable GPS device that you can mount in a car and take with you for a walk. The unit is operated by tapping the 3.5 inch touch screen with a finger. You can listen to voice instructions for directions from the built-in loudspeaker or plug in headphones. The battery-powered Mio C220 is one of the most affordable GPS units in the market.
The Garmin Rino 520HCx and 530HCx combine GPS navigation and two-way radio communication technologies in a rugged unit that hikers, hunters, and other groups of people may need during an outdoors adventure. The GPS features include guided routing to a destination and the possibility to monitor the location of other members of the group. The two-way radio allows group members to communicate without having to pay network fees and it manages the synchronization of position data between devices.
If you have ever wondered what all the excitement about GPS navigation is, now could be your chance to try it out yourself. You don’t have to invest hundreds of dollars in something that you are not familiar with; you can start small. Amaze is a free GPS-based map and navigation product that is compatible with a large number of modern phones.
When you are holding a GPS device, you should be able to see your exact location on a map or as geographic coordinates. If your dog is running free and you want to know its exact location, you could try to tie your GPS device around your dog's neck. Yeah, right. Like, the dog would read GPS information from the device and bark the coordinates back to you? Something is clearly missing from our visionary tracking system. Fortunately for dog lovers, Garmin Astro is a system with the missing piece – the link from a dog's GPS unit to the handheld GPS device.
You might recognize Suunto from outdoors watches and diving electronics. Google, on the other hand, provides many popular services on the Internet, such as Google Earth that allows you to view the world from the space. Now, if you have a Suunto X9i and install Suunto Trek Exporter software on the same PC where you are running Google Earth, you can transfer information from your Suunto to Google Earth to view your adventures from a new angle.
Finding places in a city doesn't necessarily require packing a GPS system or carrying a pile of maps in one hand and a guidebook in the other. Smartphone owners can use their phones for viewing maps and getting location information simply by downloading an application, such as Wayfinder Earth, to the phone. Wayfinder Earth brings maps and location information to the phone from a large, centralized database >
There are computers in everything from ovens to bicycles, but wearable computers have always been technologically out of reach or fashionably out of shape. Until now. A partnership between the sportswear giant Adidas and the heart rate monitor maker Polar Electro is creating an integrated training system that will provide instantaneous performance feedback from sensors embedded in your clothes and shoes >
Just like a golfer is always looking for a better putter, or a tennis player seeks the ultimate racket, anyone who wants to improve his or her fitness and general health can turn to technology for help. Suunto has created a line of fitness products to wear on the wrist. The products measure heart rate, calories, and the effectiveness of the exercise. When you connect the Suunto wrist unit to a small Pod, you can merge speed and distance information into your exercise data >
It can be surprisingly easy to lose your way in an unfamiliar city even when you have a good map and instructions to follow. Not to mention surviving a hike on a single path, a cycling trip along back roads, or paddling along lakes and rivers. Is it possible to find a small, portable GPS navigation product that can be used for all these activities >
Another year, another diet. Regardless of the name of the hottest diet on Earth that is promising to lose your extra weight this year, there's always an old method available that never fails: consume more energy than you eat and your body won't have to store any extra calories. New elegant fitness watches with specially designed weight management programs let you track your diet and exercise for long lasting results >
It seems that Garmin wanted to make sure that every outdoors enthusiast would find a product for her activity from Garmin's new product line. The Forerunner 205 and 305 GPS devices are intended to be worn on the wrist, while the Edge 205 and 305 models have been designed to be mounted on a bicycle handlebar. Two basic products come with GPS and chronograph functions, while the two advanced models make exercise more efficient by including a heart rate monitor as well >
We know from our own experience that golfers are constantly looking for new technology. If a new titanium/tungsten driver doesn't lower the score, the new super-spin golf ball surely will. Suunto, better known for their mobile outdoors and navigation products, has taken a new approach to help golfers: a wrist computer that can improve your golf swing. The Suunto G6 measures your swing and gives you instant feedback on its screen. When a top pro golfer, like Davis Love III confesses that he's using the Suunto G6, the product is worth checking out >
Adventure sports enthusiasts were among the first people who started to wear outdoors computers on their wrists to help them to navigate, but these products are wonderful tools for us mortals as well – the wrist computer serves as a navigation aid, is always with us and keeps us on track. Read the full story >
If you like to wear a wristwatch and are concerned about your fitness, we have a perfect solution for you: a fitness monitor that you can wear on the wrist. New weight management products, heart rate monitors and other outdoor devices show such style that they are worth looking into. Advice on fitness devices with style >
Now there is a solution for people who believe that women can't read maps and that men don't listen to navigation instructions: handheld GPS navigation systems that show exactly where travelers are on the map, displaying the direction to follow to get to their destination. With an accuracy rate of a few meters, products based on GPS technology can pinpoint a traveler's location on city streets and on remote mountain passes. Advice on handheld GPS navigation >
Two companies that have been quick to spot new trends, Nokia and Samsung, have introduced products which let people manage their own fitness programs on a mobile device. For Samsung has bet on a portable MP3 player and Nokia on a mobile phone. Advice on fitness programs in mobile devices >
When you are ready to make a change in life to manage your health and fitness schedule, and you own a PDA or a smartphone, help is at hand. You can download software to your handheld that converts the mobile device to a source for valuable diet and exercise information along with graphs and statistics on what you have achieved. Full story >