GPS

Sep 012014
 

Papago GS260-US Rear View Mirror Full HD Dashcam - Product Review on CoolPile.com
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 connectivityPapago GS260-US - How To Mount The 12V Car Charger Around The Dashboard
  • 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.

$164.78 | BUY NOW
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Aug 182014
 

Garmin Approach S6 (010-01195-00) GPS Golf Watch
The internet is full of tips and tricks on how to improve your golf game! But why not taking your training in the digital world of the 21st century?
The Garmin Approach S6 was designed to do just that! The Approach S4 golf watch comes with ove 30,000 international course maps on-board, a GPS sensor to help you position and find your yardage and shot direction and an array of functions such as SwingStrength , SwingTempo, TempoTrainer, yardages to front, back and middle of and so on …, to help you get a better player!

ALSO CHECK the Golf Personal GPS Caddy and the Golf Grip Trainer we featured earlier.

As a cool addition, the Garmin Approach S6 also allows receive emails, text messages and notifications from your iPhone and iPad! A real golf oriented smartwatch!

Let’s hear your thoughts bellow in the comments! Would you use a such virtual assistant to help you improve your swing?

$399,99 | BUY NOW
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Apr 112014
 

Helios - The Smart Bike Handlebars!
Helios is an impressive new bicycle accessory that aims to turn your bike into a connected “smart” bike.
The handlebar comes in two versions: The Bullhorn and the Drop Bar and sports a great kit of features designed to improve your biking experience: a 500 lumen LED light built-in the bar will help you light your way in the night, proximity sensor which will turn ON and OFF your bike lights based on your presence near the the bicycle, two back lights (positioned in the back-facing side of the handlebar) can be used for turn signals, visual speedometer (the light changes color based on your actual speed) and ambient lightning. As this was not enough, a low-power GPS unit in the handlebar will help you track your whereabouts, get turn-by-turn navigation instruction (the back-facing handlebar lights will let you know where to turn left or right) and track your bike in case it’s stolen (simply slide a SIM card into the handle and, by simply sending and SMS the bike will reply sending you a Google maps link with your bicycle’s location). How cool is that?

$279 | BUY NOW
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Apr 052014
 

TomTom Runner Cardio Watch - Get Your Fitness Stats Without Chest Straps And Other External Accessories
If you’re tired of hooking up all kinds of accessories when you go out for a jog (yeap, I am looking at you chest strap and shoes tracking pod!) but you still want to get usefull details such us distance, speed, pace, cardio info and even virtual racing and PC stats computing we have your back covered!

ALSO READ Garmin Tactix Tactical GPS Navigation Watch and Suunto Ambit – GPS Equipped Watches For Athletes And Outdoors Explorers.

Well, better said TomTom has your back covered! Their newest sports watch, the TomTom Runner can do all of the above and many more without external accessories. The watch includes a built-in HRM (Hear Rate Monitor) so you can keep a close eye on your cardio parameters and train in your optimar heart rate zone, comes with pre-set soprts programs such as Speed, Endure or Fat Burn, features smart GPS tracking (hey, what were expecting … it’s made by TomTom!) with QuickGPSFix technology so you can start your run quicker, vibration alerts and syncs via Bluetooth and cable to a dedicated smartphone app or PC for improved stats analysis and performance sharing on social media.

The TomTom watch come sin two flavors: the Runner Cardio (the name says it all!) and the Multi-Sport Cardio which allows tracking and analysis of swimming and cycling sessions too.

$219.99+ | BUY NOW

 

Mar 272014
 

Schwinn CycleNav Or How To Get GPS Navigation On Your Bike
Built by the icon bike manufacturer Schwinn, the CycleNav was conceived to improve your next bike ride by bringing GPS navigation (and much more) to the experience!

ALSO READ HandleBand – The Universal Smartphone Bike Mount and Bikepod – The Bicycle Handlebar Camera Tripod.

The Schwinn CycleNav relies on your smartphone’s GPS to find the best route, calculate distances and turns, and the information is transferred via dedicated Android and iOs apps using low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 technology. Basically, the CycleNav allows you to navigate via light signals and voice commands (which helps you keep your eyes on the road … where they should be anyway!), while being able to track traveled distances, ride length, speed, burned calories and so on … The device also sports a built-in headlight with a battery life of around 10 hours of continuous usage to help you light your way during night rides.

$60 | BUY NOW
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Feb 052014
 

Suunto Ambit2 R - The GPS Watch Designed For Runners - Black And White Versions
Suunto, the Finish based sports watches, dive computers and precision instruments makers, just announced their latest GSP watch model, the Suunto Ambit2 R.

While the bigger brother of the Amibt2 R, the Suunto Ambit and the Suunto Core series are targeted to heavy users and packed with a wide range of features such as navigation, barometer, thermometer, altimeter and so on, Suunto’s new released GPS watches series is designed for more common users and is optimized for running and sports activities. The Ambit2 R uses a unique combination of GPS and accelerometer called FusedSpeed to compute your jogging stats, allows downloading and installing training programs, full navigation with track and stats recording, virtual coach, ghost runner competition, intensity interval setup as well as complete integration with maps and apps from Suunto’s MovesCount.com. Available as of March 2014.

$250 | BUY NOW
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