Struggling with navigation can be a warning sign for early diagnoses of Alzheimer's disease, new research says - and an over-reliance on GPS technology isn't helping.
What can help, though? Virtual reality.
I ordered it on eBay. When the four-ounce envelope arrived from New York three days later, it looked innocuous enough. It contained a finger-sized black plastic box, a small black antenna to screw onto that box, and two glass fuses. It was designed to fit into a car's 12-volt electrical socket — that thing that used to hold a cigarette lighter.
We all know we're supposed to ignore our smartphones while driving. Yet somehow it's OK to take our eyes off the road to glance at some kind of GPS unit? Navdy is one of the first GPS devices that claims to be safer for drivers by putting the map and other info front and center so your eyes stay on the road — it's also one of the most comprehensive in-car navigation devices on the market.
At CES 2015, Garmin revealed the epix: The company's first wearable that included the same satellite navigation capabilities as its handheld units. As smartwatches go, the epix was one of the largest and bulkiest wearables you could strap to your wrist, but two years later, Garmin has finally packed similar functionality into its Fēnix smartwatch.
The average GPS satnav is a boring rectangular affair that will stick out like a sore thumb if you tried to mount one to a scooter. But just because you drive a curvaceous classic Vespa doesn't mean you won't ever get lost, so TomTom has created an adorable circular satnav designed to complement your scooter.
With the release of the VIRB X and XE action cams last year, Garmin finally gave consumers a reason to choose its action cam over a GoPro. But while it had built-in sensors letting users measure just how extreme their stunts were, it topped out at a disappointing 1080p. The new VIRB Ultra 30, however, boosts that recordable resolution to 4K, and it introduces voice controls.
Polar's new M600 is a full-on Android Wear smartwatch. While there are already plenty of smartwatches that incorporate heart rate tracking, Polar's technology, which uses six LEDs and a custom-developed algorithm, has always been deemed one of the most accurate. So if you're an avid runner who can't be separated from their email inbox, the M600 might be the fitness-focused smartwatch you've been looking for.
We've been driving cars on roads for over a century now, since the Ford Model T opened up travel to the middle class. But as we move well into the 21st century, we've mastered the art of our cars communicating with their drivers. Now, it's more about the cars on our roads talking to each other, and using the internet, big data and software tools to overhaul the efficiency of driving through cities.
If swimming, surfing, biking, running and hiking sound like the average weekend for you, Garmin's fēnix 3 is the multisport GPS watch that just might sell you on the merits of wearing a smartwatch — especially now that there's a version with a heart rate monitor built-in.
Distracted driving was a problem even before we all had smartphones buzzing in our pockets. But it's an even bigger issue now, and one that Garmin wants to help solve with its new Drive line of sat navs that include improved driver awareness features alerting you to possible concerns on the road ahead.
Many luxury vehicles offer a 360-degree view around your car on the dashboard which makes squeezing into tight parking spots much easier. Magellan now offers the same omnipotent vision to your junky ride with a new GPS nav unit that can connect to cameras mounted all around a vehicle.
A few months ago, the European Space Agency and the University of Nottingham described a new project that would use satellites to monitor ageing, at-risk piece of infrastructure was at a given moment, right down to the centimetre. Now, more countries want in.