While most people (including myself) tend to use their smartphones as a generic replacement for most gadgets around from GPS navigation and photo/video camera to gaming device and fitness training, there is still value buying a dedicated device if you’re a pro user and you need a bit more than what your iPhone or Android device already offer you!
The Garmin nüviCam is a such device worth looking into. Designed for people on the road, the nüviCam is a 6″ GPS navigator with built-in dashcam, driver awareness features such as forward collision warning and lane departure warning, Garmin Real Vision to display navigation direction over layered on real time video recording, free lifetime updates, HD Digital Traffic service to keep you updated with traffic information and indicate the best route to save you time and money, voice recognition and control features, school zone warnings, Smartphone Link compatible (connects to iPhone and Android devices and uses the phone’s data plan to share info such is parking spots, POIs, etc…) as well as backup camera compatibility!
Home automation built around connecting your home devices and facilities to your smartphone and mobile devices gets more and more popular with every day! And for good reason … it’s not only cool to be able to control appliances, lights, the heater an the air conditioning and even the water tap, but it’s also convenient and, if you’re one of those persons who always worry about forgetting something on when leaving the house, being able to check each device’s status on your phone can also buy a well deserved piece of mind.
Just as the Goji Smart Lock, the PEQ Smart Home Sensor or the Alyt Self-Learning Home Smart System we featured lately, the Garage Beacon is designed to help you better manage your home.
The Garage Beacon is an universal garage door controller operated wirelessly, via Bluetooth, by iPhone or Android devices. Simply hook up the Garage Beacon by connecting two wires (all instructions included), download the app, hit the one button BLE setup to scan your device and you’re ready to roll! You can securely control one or multiple doors at multiple locations via the free iPhone and Android apps and never again worry about loosing your garage door remote! Cool, isn’t it?
There are many cool developments going on in the car industry and manufacturers around the world are bringing more and more cool technologies and gadgets on board of our vehicles every day. But most of these new technologies and cool car gadgets are introduced only in the newest models and very few find their way to oldest cars. So what to do if you have an older car or if you purchased last year’s “latest model” and you start feeling it’s not gadgetized enough?
I gathered bellow 47 of the coolest car gadgets I found around. These gadgets are designed and built to make your old car feel newer and to allow you to get access to the latest technologies and gadgets without needing to pay for a whole new car.
Which one is your favorite? I LOVE 26 and 40!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and make sure you share this post with your friends! They need help to upgrade their old wheels as well!
The Backseat Inflatable Mattress makes traveler’s night more enjoyable. If you’re traveling on low budget, you’re driving across an area with no motels or you simply want to use your car’s backseat to sleep overnight, this inflatable matters can be a real life saver!
The Backseat Inflatable Mattress is 50-in x 35-in (that’s 130cm x 90cm), is made of high quality soft, flocked PVC, comes with a blanket and a pump and is a perfect fit for most cars out there ranging from Civic’s and Corolla’ss to Camry’s and Accord’s and even bigger.
The Drop Stop is an universal car seat gap filler designed to solve one annoying problem – it prevents gear for falling under your car seat!
I am sure this already happened to you : you want to place your smartphone, your lighter, makeup, water bottle cap, your pen, a chewing gum or even some change on your central car console and … by some dark magic it disappears under your seat. If you’re annoyed and tired to always look for gear under the car seat, check out the Drop Seat.
The Drop Seat is made of hypoallergenic polyester fiberfill inside a neoprene casing which allows the device to be stretched or scrunched to fill 100% of the gap between your seat and the center car console, it’s compatible with all cars, trucks, SUVs and vans regardless the make and model, comes in black as “the gap between the middle console and front seat naturally creates a dark shadow”, so black is a perfect match for all cars, it’s easy to install and allows the seat to be moved back and for the without having to remove or adjust the gap filler.
The Drop Seat comes packed in sets of two units and will set you back $20.99 US for a pack.
The Papago GS260-US or GoSafe 260 as it’s also know is a cool dashcam that attaches to your car’s interior mirror and allows you to record your car trips without crowding your windshield.
Why do you need a dashcam in your car? Well … for first … it’s cool! Remember those crazy driving Russian videos all over Youtube? They’re all recorded with car mounted dashcams, just like this one! Second … many insurance companies accept dashcam footage to identify fault in car accidents. Third … high quality dashcams come with G-Sensors and motion detection which can activate the recording feature even if your car is sitting in a parking, so chances are if someone bumps your car it’ll no longer be a hit and run. Four … you record cool trip footage that you wouldn’t be able to record otherwise (unless you’d hold a camera in your hands while you’re driving, but we’re sure you wouldn’t do such crazy things, wouldn’t you?) … And so on …
Now let’s take a closer look at the Papago GS260 windshield dashboard camera. I used this camera for a couple of weeks and here are my thoughts about it:
The camera comes with an impressive set of features:
Full HD (1080p) and HD (720p) recording capabilities with zoom in/out while recording
Wide angle visibility (it literally covers the entire windshield – check the user videos below)
G-Sensor that “feels” the bumps and shocks
Auto save feature in case of accidents
Motion detection (useful for recording parking accidents) – if the camera detects any movement around the car will automatically start taking snapshots.
Multilevel EV adjustment to improve recording quality if needed
One touch snapshots (even while recording video)
GPS ready – hook up an external GPS unit and take advantage of advanced features such as speed recording, navigation coordinates and so on
Large front buttons for easy menu navigation and recording controls
MicroSD card for media storage
Mini USB for PC and Mac connectivity
Audio-Video out in case you need to output the signal to a TV
Recorded movies and in .mov format (can be played with most PC and MAC video players)
ALSO CHECK the Papago GS330, another cool Papago dashcam we featured a while back.
The dashcam is dissimulated in a windshield mirror that clips over your existing interior car mirror. The attachment system is very simple and is powered by two mobile hooks secured by an internal coil to keep the cam safe. Simply pull the two levers, attach the unit to the mirror and you’re ready to go.
The mirror unit is auto-dimming and, being a bit darker then classic car mirrors, takes a couple of kilometers to perfectly get used to it, but, once you get used to it, it helps night driving by automatically filtering the strong back lighting from cars in your back. The right side of the mirror hosts a 2.7in LCD which displays the video being recorded and some recording related information such as video length, current time, recording status and so on … The LCD can be turned off and the entire mirror real estate can be used to monitor back-coming traffic.
The Papago GoSafe 260 is powered by your car’s 12V cigarette lighter plug (a charging unit and cable are included in the package) as well as by an internal battery which also allows recording while the engine is turned off (remember I told you about the motion detection feature and automatic recording even when sitting in parking with the engine turned off?). The cable is long enough to be hidden around the dashboard of your car, and, as it sports an on-wire adapter, can be hooked up straight to your car’s electrical system.
Check the videos in the article for a hands-on review as well as the three real-life dash recordings (day and night) to have a glimpse at the recording quality. Note that the actual recording is better than these samples. Some quality was lost during video editing and Youtube upload.
Smartphones and cars don’t really go hand in hand! There are too many temptations to take your eyes from the road and check your phone for incoming text massages, navigation directions, emails, social media notifications and messages, dial calls and so on … And taking your eyes from the road causes accidents!
Navdy is a nifty car gadget that promises to solve this issue and allow you to interact with your smartphone while keeping your eyes on the road. How do they do it? You simply put Navdy on your car’s dashboard, it connects via Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android smartphone and, via a HUD (heads-up display), it projects information from your phone and displays it … on the road in front of your vehicle! Well, it doesn’t really project the info on the road, but on the device’s 5.1in transparent screen, which makes it look like it’s projected on the road in front of you.
Other than displaying navigation directions, Navdy can be controlled via air-gestures and voice commands to allow you to send messages and emails, answer and dial calls, control music playback and, if connected to the car’s computer via the OBDII interface, can allow you to monitor car performance and diagnostics by displaying the info on its HUD.
Navdy is presently on a private crowdfunding campaign and you can pre-order one for $299. Delivery is scheduled for early 2015.