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Working somewhat similar to your basic automotive reversing sensor, Garmin's new Varia Rearview Radar is designed for cyclists to easily be more aware of their surroundings.
Coming complete as two units, the Varia Rearview Radar gives riders a chance to know what's coming up behind them, be it man, machine or both in one. Sensing cars up to 153 yards behind the bike, this unit utilizes LED lighting to display the distance between car and rider, alongside changing color when the hunk of metal gets closer.
With the colors transgressing from green to amber and finally an ominous red, this unit can also tell the difference between traffic travelling head-on with the rider and parked cars alike. Priced at around $200 USD, this can be bought direct through Garmin themselves for the tail light only, or bundled for $299.99.
GPS manufacturer Garmin today announced the Edge 520, a GPS cycling computer that supports a number of advanced features. The GPS includes functionality for time in zone, cycling-specific VO2 max and recovery, indoor trainer, cycling dynamics, time in zone, and Strava and Garmin Connect connectivity.
The addition of Strava Live Segments is rather exciting, as it allows cyclists to upload segments from Strava to the Edge 520 - and will give them instant data, including King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain titles.
Edge 520 supports a 2.3-inch color display, 15 hours battery life, and ANT+ sensors.
If you were a subscriber of Google Earth Pro, you can put your credit card back down as the Mountain View-based search giant has just removed the subscription fee from the software.
Something that once cost $399 per year is now completely free, something you just need to fill out a form to receive. Once you're got the license, you can download the free Pro client here. The difference between the $399 per year version and now? Nothing, and that's great. The non-Pro version has print images capped at 1000x1000 compared to the Pro version at 4800x3200, and a few other limitations.
Foursquare has been working on its own map data that can be used in GPS apps for a while. That map program is called the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project and Foursquare has thought its mapping data was better than the data from Google and others for a while.
Despite feeling that OSM would make for better GPS apps, the data from Foursquare had not been used in a commercial GPS app until now. Telenav has used the OSM map data in a new GPS application for iOS users called Scout. The app offers speech and turn-by-turn navigation with the Scout Plus upgrade.
GPS manufacturer Magellan will introduce its Cyclo 315 and 505 cycling GPS units to the North American market starting next month. The Cyclo GPS series was originally released by Magellan to the Australian and European markets last year, and must compete with Garmin in a very competitive market.
Both models are 3" and includes a touchscreen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, smartphone connectivity, and sophisticated ANT+ support so athletes can track heart rate, speed, cadence, and power while out in the saddle. The Cyclo 315 will cost $349.99 and the Cyclo 505 has a starting MSRP of $429 - both models will be available starting in May.
"The Magellan Cyclo GPS line includes models that will appeal to the majority of bike riders in the U.S.," noted Sam Muscariello, Magellan outdoor product marketing director, in a press statement. "From the hardcore triathlete to the body armored mountain biker, even the weekend touring enthusiast, Cyclo has all the right features needed to take cyclists to the next level and help them reach their goals."
GPS company Garmin has announced the Edge 1000 cycling GPS unit, featuring new technologies to appease cyclists with deeper pockets. The device has a full-color 3" touchscreen providing 240x400 resolution, and a reported battery life up to 15 hours.
Although running GPS units from Garmin have greatly advanced, some in the cycling industry think enough wasn't being done to promote new bike-centric GPS units. However, Garmin pulled out all of the stops with the Edge 1000, including built-in Wi-Fi so map data can be downloaded faster - and GPS-based turn-by-turn directions while out in the saddle.
Cyclists can also use ANT+ sensors to connect the Edge 1000 to a heart rate monitor, power meters, or cadence sensors, Garmin said in the press release.
If you are a motorcyclist, you can use a car GPS on your bike but it's not exactly ideal. Gamin makes a lien of GPS devices just for motorcycles and the latest in that line is the Zumo 590LM. The device is weather and fuel resistant so it should be able to survive attached to a motorcycle out in the weather.
The GPS device ships with a removable battery for power on the bike and comes with a car mount and a power cable for use in the car as well. The touchscreen is usable with a glove on and is designed for easy reading in direct sunlight. Bluetooth connectivity can send the driving directions and music to your Bluetooth earpiece or helmet.
The 590LM is also compatible with the iPhone or iPad for music playback control from the touchscreen. Weather and traffic details are offered on the GPS device screen thanks to an app that runs on the smartphone.
Several GPS devices on the market today offer connected services like fuel prices and traffic. Typically, those connected services require you to keep a monthly or yearly service subscription. Magellan has a new connected navigation device called the smartGPS 5390 that gives you all those services with no subscription needed.
It does this buy linking with an app that runs on Android or iPhone smartphones. The GPS device will navigate for you like any GPS device. The connectivity from the smartphone does things like give you traffic information and prices on fuel nearby.
You can also get the location of places to eat as you drive. The app also offers connectivity via the GPS screen to Yelp reviews and foursquare. That means you can find out if that local eatery is good before you drive there.
A California court made a ruling which pointed out that using maps or any mobile navigation while driving is not against the law.
The judge said that the statute was enacted in 2006 at a time when wireless telephones was just a telephone rather than an electronic device with multiple functions. Recently it was known that a driver was fined for $165 for using his mobile phone to navigate in heavy traffic. Though the driver was found guilty of violating the laws of the state of California, he made an appeal which worked in his favour.
Garmin is famous in the GPS world for making products ranging from navigation apps for smartphones to PND devices for cars and watches for athletes and outdoors types. Garmin has announced a new GPS watch that is aimed at athletes that like multiple sports. The new watch is called the fenix 2.
Garmin bills the watch as the ultimate multisport adventure watch and it has features for running, climbing, riding, hiking, skiing, and swimming. The watch is water resistant and can survive the outdoors. It features an altimeter, barometer, and a 3-axis compass.
It also provides GPS navigation for people when they are off the beaten path. It will store breadcrumbs to make sure you can find your way back when needed. The GPS functionality supports up to 10,000 track points and 1000 waypoints. Those GPS details can be shared with other Garmin devices via Bluetooth.