Car Gear

Aug 202014
 

Navdy  Or How To Safely Interact With Your Smartphone While Driving & Still Keeping Your Eyes On The Road
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.

ALSO CHECK the Garmin Windshield HUD (Head-Up Display) and the Skully P1 HUD Motorcycle Helmet we wrote about earlier.

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.

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Jul 082014
 

Batman Brake Light Decal - Live View applied On Car Third Brake Light
That’s what I call a cool brake light decal! Simply peel of the sticker, apply it to your third brake light and you’re ready to roll!

The Batman break decal is made of quality vinyl and comes with “ready-to-cut” instructions which allow you to customize it for three sizes: 3″x0.8″, 4″x1.1″ and 5″x1.4″ (7.62cm x 2.03cm, 10.16cm x 2.79cm and 12.7cm x 3.55cm) which should fit most car models out there!

To the Batmobile! This could be the “break” we’ve been looking for! ”

$10.94 | BUY NOW
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Jul 022014
 

Cooling Car Seat - For Those Hot Days When Your AC is Not Enough
Air conditioners are very present in our lives, they’re basically all around us. Our homes, work places, our cars, shopping centers, public transportation, you name it …

ALSO CHECK the Air Conditioned Pants and How To Expel The Hot Air From Your Car In Seconds.

But sometimes, the classic good ol’ AC blower it’s simply not enough! For those times, and not only, take a look into the Cooling Car Seat – it could be just the gadget you’re looking for to help you deal with those summer hot-burning car seats!
The cooling car seat sports a powerful intake fan and 18 ventilation holes designed to push a constant air flow through to cool your body down, is made of polyethylene foam bars, is covered by durable polyester mesh fabric, fits all car seats and is powered from your car’s cigarette lighter. Other than pushing a cold air flow, the cooling car seat is also designed to help air circulation for back, legs and thighs, to absorb heat from your body and to reduce body perspiration.
Seems a pretty good deal for $59.99. What’s your take on it? Did you ever use a such card cooler? Let me know in the comments …

$59.99 | BUY NOW
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May 072014
 

JunoJumpr Or How To Jump Start You Car With Your Smartphone Charger

This is an interesting piece of gadgetry that makes me ask myself why no one thought about it before!!!

ALSO READ about the StartMonkey 400 – The High Powered Rugged Emergency Jump Starter

The JunoJumpr is deemed the most portable jump starter around. While not bigger than a regular smartphone, the Jumpr employs a lithium polymer battery pack (rather than lithium ion, as most extended battery charges do) which holds 6,000mAh of power and delivers a peak output of 12V at 300 amps, just enough to boost most car batteries around! Of course, while not jump starting cars, you can always use the Jumpr to charge your iPhone, tablet or any other power-hungry gadget. Cool, isn’t it?

$89.99 | BUY NOW
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Apr 182014
 

PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera That Records Your Trips And Assists You Driving [Product Review]

Dashboard cameras are fast becoming a must-have for drivers. They record footage in case of an unhappy event (read crash), many insurance companies accept them as proofs for identifying accident liability, can be used to record trips for fun and, last but not least, can passively assist you while driving.

There are many car camera models available on the market to choose from, and even more manufacturers are turning to this niche every day. Today I’ll walk you over one of the top mid class DVR models (read packed with features but with a decent price) out-there – The PapaGo GS 330 or USGoSafe 300 as it’s sold in US. If you’re eager to see it in action, scroll down to the bottom of the post and check the 4 trip tests I did (sunny and rainy day as well as clear and rainy night) and an unboxing clip.

PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera Safe File Saving

I used this camera for the past 2 weeks now and it was a pleasure to test it. It is compact, easy to mount and un-mount from the windshield holder (the holding mechanism was a bit stiff the first few tries, but after a couple of uses it worked perfectly), it’s made of solid black plastic (no danger if you drop it), very simple to operate (basically it starts recording as soon as you hook up the power source or start the engine if the charger is already plugged in) and set up. The four buttons below the LCD serve navigation in the menu as well as to use the emergency recording function or turn the screen ON/OFF.

The beauty of a dashboard camera or car DVR as some call it is that once you did the initial setup there is no need to tweak the settings like you would with a handheld camcorder. It simply stays in it’s place and records what’s in front of the car. That’s it. So, as recording quality counts mostly with a such gadget, I’ll let go through some of the dashcam features below and I invite you to check the video tests at the bottom of the post for the real deal – recording in action!

Let’s dive into it. As this camera is fully loaded with features I’ll list them in bullet-list form for easier following:

  • A 5MP sensor matched with a F2.0 lens offers great day time recording and performs very well in low light conditions
  • Three quality recording modes: full HD 1080p recording at 30 fps (frames per second); HD 720p at 60 fps and 30 fps
  • 142 degree wide viewing angle helps recording the entire road in front of the car as well as a good part of the sidewalks (you know … in case some crazy stuntman tries to pull one of his tricks when you pass by and jumps in front of your car!!!)PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera 142 Degree Wide Angle Recording
  • Connectivity – the GS330 offers a regular HDMI plug, a classic AV plug (output available in PAL and NTSC), Mini USB for power and PC data transfers, Micro SD card as storage unit for the recorded videos
  • 2″ LCD screen for playback videos, live recording monitoring and camera setup
  • Motion detection mode – leave your car in the parking and if the G Sensor feels someone bump into your car the GS330 will automatically start recording
  • Stop And Go – this is a cool feature. If your anything like me, your stops at the red light are full SMS and browsing sessions. The Stop And Go feature monitors the car in front of you and when it detects it departed lets you know via a beep that it’s time to let your friends alone and start driving
  • Lights Reminder – Detects low light conditions and let you know via a beep and a visual display that it’s time to turn the lights ON
  • Driver Fatigue Alarm – You can set this feature to remind you to take breaks every now and then to avoid driving fatigue
  • Speed Restriction Signs – this is another cool feature – the car DVR constantly monitors the sides of the road and notifies you whenever it notices a speed sign. The new speed restriction is also displayed on the dashcam’s LCD screen.PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera F2.0 Lens 5MP Sensor
  • Cycle Recording – the dash camera saves the recorded file every 5 minutes and automatically starts a new one. The last 10 files are saved on the Micro SD card and, when recording an 11th file, the oldest one is overwritten. This way, by cycling the files, you always have available the last 10 recording (that’s the last 50 minutes of your driving trip)
  • Auto Bump Files Copy – this features automatically saves the files when a hit/bump/accident is noted by the camera. This way, if you’re involved in an accident, you’re sure the recorded files are not overwritten by newer files and you can use them in your defense
  • Emergency Recording and Snapshots – Simply press the Emergency button on the camera and it will record a new fill which will not be included in the cycling recording
  • Auto Start – If you decide to leave your dashboard camera in the car, simply start your car in the morning and the GS330 starts recording automatically
  • Mounting Options – Windshield mount (included with the GS330) and Dashboard (a dashbag is needed for this option)

Take a minute and check the test recordings below to see the Papago USGoSafe 330 in action and let me know in the comments your take on it or if you have any questions about it.

$135 | BUY NOW
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Apr 162014
 

Pioneer NEX Or How To Use Apple CarPlay In Older Car Models
If you were disappointed by Apple introducing their new CarPlay functionality only to new car lines and you thought you’ll have to buy a new car to get your hands on it, I have a good news for you!

Pioneer just released their latest line of car gadgets – the Pioneer Nex CarPlay Receiver! As the name states, the Nex acts as a receiver, connects to your iPhone via Apple’s CarPlay connection and gives access to all your smartphone’s on-board and cloud-based features. The Nex comes in a handful of models, is compatible with most car makes and models (it replaces your stereo) and gives you access to fully use Siri, navigation, music and video playing, make and receive calls and messaging. Simply hook the Lightning plug to your iPhone and you’re ready to go!

$700 | BUY NOW
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Mar 122014
 

Air Dock Wireless Car Charger Holder For Smartphones
With big screens and 3G or WiFi connections open all day long, today’s smartphones often need charging during the day.
The Air Dock is a car charging device designed to help you power your smartphone, phablet and even tablet without the hassle of plugging and unplugging cables. The Air Dock comes with 2 mounting options – a strong suction cup built for those who like having their holder fixed on the windshield or dashboard and a CD mount designed for those who prefer to mount their phones on the front side of their radios. The dock features a Qi wireless charging pad incorporated and is covered with micro suction foam to secure the device without clips and clamps. A strong magnet inside the charger strengthens the phone grip to the dock.

The wireless charger dock is compatible with most Qi wireless charger equipped devices. If you phone doesn’t come ready for wireless charging (eg: iPhone 4 and 5 series, Galaxy S3 and S4) simply buy an adapter case or an aftermarket wireless charging kit from Amazon and you’re ready to go.

$68.99 | BUY NOW
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