Before smartwatches were hot, Garmin, more commonly associated with GPS devices than golf, has been making timepieces with a bit of brain in them. Of course, they're only useful if you play golf. The Approach S6, however, incorporates just enough features and smartphone integration that would might as well think that it is indeed a smartwatch, just that it comes with golf trainer inside.
Digital dogs could be the first to benefit from the first dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) network in the US, with canine tracking collar WhistleGPS using startup SIGFOX's wireless system for low-power monitoring. The collar, an Oreo-sized disk, promises twice the battery life of traditional GPS pet tracking and a third of the bulk, thanks to SIGFOX's IoT-dedicated network that will light up first in parts of California.
TomTom has launched three new devices, the TomTom GO 40, 50, and 60. With the navigational devices come TomTom Traffic, as well as Lifetime Maps, meaning the maps will always be updated for the device's lifetime. In addition, TomTom Traffic is now available across the entire TomTom GO series.
If you’re working with Google Maps for driving - or for being driven - this week’s update is going to change the way you do so. An update has been released - and will continue to release in increments over the next week - which allows Uber interaction for Google Maps users. This speaks volumes about how connected to Google Uber really is.
Garmin's latest GPS running watch, the Forerunner 15, has broken cover, blending the best of the VivoFit and the Forerunner 10 for everyday wear. Tracking both specific running workouts as well as everyday movement - and, as of this summer, sleep too - the Forerunner 15 will also give wearers a prod when they've been sitting down for too long.
When Apple makes a hire, it generally means they’re up to something big. Hiring an indoor navigation specialist like former Wifarer CEO Philip Stanger for their crew, Apple would appear to be preparing for a big change in the way they go about handling their Maps.
Facebook has added a new feature to its mobile apps, Nearby Friends, allowing users of the social network to find those on their friendslist when they're nearby, though Facebook is clearly wary of a privacy backlash. The feature, which will be rolled out to the Android and iOS apps over the coming weeks, shows your GPS position and that of your friends on a map; however, Facebook is turning it off by default, and relying on users to opt-in instead.
Self-driving cars may need to show some self-restraint when it comes to their “better than human” reflexes and abilities, the Nokia HERE team working on autonomous vehicle technologies suggests, if their flesh and blood passengers are to accept an AI taking the wheel. HERE calls it Humanized Driving, giving computer-controlled cars similar characteristics to the people they’re replacing so as to preserve a feeling of normality, even potentially becoming a virtual twin with the same style as the car’s owner.
Garmin has announced its latest cycling computer for the bicyclists out there looking for top performance and navigation features. The cycling computer is called the Edge 1000 and it has advanced segment capabilities among other features. The segment capabilities allow the user to view start and finish point alerts, race themselves or segment leaders, and plan rides using segments.
Garmin has announced a new ruggedized navigation device that is specifically made for the motorcycle riders out there. The nav device is called the Zumo 590LM and it has a 5-inch touchscreen display that can be used while wearing gloves. To keep it working well and usable for years to come, Garmin made the GPS device fuel resistant in case of a spill and sunlight readable.