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Magellan Showcases eXplorist TRX7 at CES 2016



Magellan eXplorist TRX7Magellan is the industry leader for innovative GPS navigation devices since 1986. Magellan is showcasing its eXplorist TRX7 off-road navigation solution at CES 2016. It was designed for the 4×4 and Powersports vehicle consumer market and for off-roading enthusiasts.

The eXplorist TRX7 is an OHV navigation solution that delivers detailed 3D maps, over 44,000 vehicle trails and community generated trails, improved driver safety and a superior user experience, all at an exceptional value right out of the box.

Features include:
* Weatherproof 7” LCD touchscreen display

* IP67 ruggedized casing for water and dust proof

* Powerful DualCore Cortex-A9 procesor running Android 4.2 OS, to ensure a fast and smooth off-road navigation experience

* Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity

* 1G Mobile DDR2 memory

* 16GB onboard memory and a 64GB MicroSD card expansion slot

* Three different mounting options depending on activity bundle purchased: Windshield Suction Cup Mount, Genuine Ram Handlebar Rail Mount, or Genuine Ram Windshield Suction Cup Mount

The eXplorist TRX7 device comes preloaded with over 44,000 trails. The Magellan off-road vehicle platform’s maps are cloud based, dynamic, and will continue to grow and be improved by both Magellan and through crowd-sourced additions from the Magellan OHV user community. The detailed off-road maps feature high-resolution 3D and 2D terrain and contour elevation lines; food, gas, lodging and general service POIs; 3rd party trail guides; and more.

The Magellan eXplorist TRX7 will be available Q1 with an MSRP of $649.99.

Visit Magellan at CES 2016 in the Magellan Booth, LLCC South Hall MP25441.


Magellan Leads With Four New MiVue DashCams for CES



Magellan LogoFor those who want to record their travels for pleasure or have to keep their insurance premiums down out of necessity, GPS pioneers Magellan have announced four new affordable MiVue DashCams for the upcoming CES 2016. To be clear, these aren’t navigation devices, but instead record video of journeys, accidents and other unexpected events. The new MiVue 320, MiVue 420, MiVue 430 and MiVue 450D are all designed to be unobtrusively located on the dash, while having a comprehensive base set of features, including

  • Magellan 420 DashCamMiVue Manager – Intuitive interface to browse recorded videos. Video recorded from the Impact Sensor can be reviewed for post-accident analysis. Video may be shared on social media sites like YouTube and Facebook
  • Parking Mode – In situations where there’s an impact while the car is parked, the DashCam wakes up to record the event. You can even choose to have the device always recording with vehicles that have constant power supplies.
  • Impact Sensor – Records impact forces, which show the direction and magnitude of a collision.
  • Night View Enhancement – Automatic day or night light adjustment assuring the best picture quality regardless of lighting conditions.
  • Impact Event Recording – When the 3-axis sensor detects sudden changes in motion, the device instantly saves protected files to prevent them from being overwritten.
  • Camera Mode – Switch to Camera Mode to collect photo evidence or create lasting memories. With the built-in battery, the device can be taken out of the car to get close-up photos.
  • Rotating Mount Design – Mount easily pivots to any desired angle assuring you never miss an important moment.
  • GPS Tracking – The built-in, high-sensitivity GPS receiver automatically records your driving information on the video, so you have both a location and time stamp during playback.
  • Wide Angle Lens – The 140° wide-angle lens provides an enhanced peripheral view to record the entire street.

The top-end 450D comes with dual cameras to record a wide 240° view or both inside and outside of the vehicle, and has WiFi connectivity. The 420 and 430 DashCams provide additional safety with Lane Departure warnings and Front Collision Avoidance alerts.

Magellan is excited to expand its award-winning line of MiVue DashCam models. Our four new models are designed with superior image quality, large storage capacity and extended battery life,” commented Stig Pedersen, Magellan Associate Vice President of Product Management.

The new Magellan MiVue DashCams will be available from Q2 2016 at retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as online at www.magellangps.com in with prices expected to start at $109.99.

If you want to know more, the DashCams will be on show at CES 2016 in the Magellan Booth, LVCC South Hall MP25441.


New Trax Play GPS to Launch New Features at CES 2016



Trax PlayWonder Technology Solution (WTS) is a Swedish-based technology startup. It will present its groundbreaking new Trax Play GPS device at CES 2016. The device is being re-launched after WTS listened to its customers.

The Wonder Technology Solution Trax GPS tracker for Children and Pets is now called Trax Play. The new Trax Play is the smallest live tracker in the world and can offer two days of full battery life and up to five days with a new feature that lets users adjust update frequency.

Trax Play comes with a new mobile application with amazing Swedish UI design. Other new features in Trax Play include augmented reality, a Web application that will help customers check in on their loved ones during work and on a smart TV, and a consumer box.

The consumer box was developed with Frankly Development. It also highlights Swedish design and improves functionality and customer experience. Wonder Technology Solution is also going to launch an Apple watch application in March of 2016.

Trax Play is durable, water resistant, and easily fits into any pocket. Users can also use the device’s clip and pocket sleeve to attach it directly onto garments and pet collars. Trax devices can be followed in the free Trax App (which is available for Android and iOS).

Visit Wonder Technology Solutions at Booth number 80420 at CES 2016. They will be onsite to discuss their new price model, features, and many other aspects of Trax Play.


Child Angel Keeps an Eye on Children



British Inventors Project

Continuing GNC’s coverage of the Gadget Show Live and the British Inventors’ Project, Child Angel is one of the smallest and most advanced child tracking device on the market. Made to be attractive to the child and easy to use in an emergency, the Child Angel wrist-mounted tracker provides accurate location monitoring by combining GPS, GSM and Wi-Fi hotspot triangulation.

Child Angel keeps children safe in three ways. First the parent can view the child’s location on a map using the Child Angel app on their smartphone or tablet (both iOS and Android). Second, the child can send a “Help Me!” alert by taking off the bracelet and third, an alert is raised if the child leaves a geo-fenced SafeZone.

The battery life is about 48 hours and the Child Angel can easily be recharged through the micro-USB. The Child Angel bracelet is available in different colours and can be customised with personalised covers, too.

The Child Angel should be available soon with a retail cost around £100.

Child Angel


Tagg Pet Tracker Keeps Your Furry Friends Safe At CES



Tagg Pet Tracker

For animal lovers like myself, nothing is scarier than the thought of losing a beloved pet. I’d do anything to protect my dog, which is why I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Pet Tracker by Tagg.

Don got to talk with Scott Neuberger, CEO of Tagg, about the Tagg Pet Tracker, a GPS-enabled collar that allows you to track your pet’s location, vital signs, and much more from your smartphone or computer. With an exceptional battery life of over 15 days between charges, you can rest assured that your furry friends are safe, healthy, and happy.

The Tagg Pet Tracker retails for $119 and is available for purchase now.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.

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Magellan Introduces Android Powered GPS Units at CES



magellanLogo Magellan, a maker of GPS devices for vehicles, fitness, outdoor and mobile navigation, announced it will introduce a new line of RoadMate GPS Navigation units featuring “EasyTouch” touch screens and using Android OS for a more powerful navigation experience, at 2014 International CES.

The 5″ model 5430T-LM with traffic and lifetime maps will be the first released sometime in the first quarter of 2014.

MagellanRoadmate

“These new models will have the advantage of the Android operating system’s superior handling of navigation data and Magellan’s record of proven safety and performance,” commented Stig Pedersen, associate vice president of product management at Magellan. “Also, commonly found on smartphones and tablets, capacitive touch screens on PND units were previously offered only in the highest price ranges, but the Magellan RoadMate line now offers it at an affordable price.”

It comes equipped with many premium features such as landmark guidance, PhantomALERT, junction view, and free lifetime traffic alerts and map updates. Users know they are traveling with the information necessary to make critical on-point driving decisions.

The information I have at this point doesn’t say whether users will be able to add any apps to the devices.

Magellan’s RoadMate 5430T-LM will be available at retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as online at www.magellangps.com in Q1. It has an MSRP of $179.99.


Running Multiple GPS on the Road



As an over-the-road truck driver, I’ve been playing around with GPS various devices and mapping software for several years. Maps and GPS’s have radically improved over the years. Does the perfect GPS exist? Not yet. So what is the solution? The solution I’m currently using is multiple GPS’s running at once. “Isn’t that a bit extreme?” you ask. Not really. Let me explain my current setup. I have a special Garmin GPS that is aimed at commercial truck drivers as well as those driving around in large motorhomes and other recreational vehicles. It differs from a standard Garmin or other stand-alone GPS unit in at least a couple of important ways. First, the user inputs the overall dimensions of his or her vehicle. The Garmin attempts to calculate routes based on known truck routes. It attempts to calculate routes based on keeping to known truck routes, and avoiding roads and routes that trucks and large vehicles are prohibited from. Secondly the Garmin has a database of truck stops, truck washes, scales, rest areas, etc. These two elements are theoretically updated with each new periodic map update. The Garmin does a decent job, but it has its quirks. I also have a Google Nexus 7 which has the excellent built-in Google Maps and Google Navigation, which are actually two separate apps that are tied closely together. I have found the Google satellite view and Google Street View to be invaluable aids on a daily basis as I am constantly having to find and go to places such as warehouses I’ve never been before. I can usually get a great idea of the size of the place, how it is laid out, if there is truck parking either on the property or nearby, etc. I also have the TomTom for Android GPS app along with a subscription to TomTom’s excellent HD Traffic service. Since I have a full-time data connection via a WiFi hotspot, I often run the TomTom software in parallel with the Garmin since TomTom’s HD Traffic service is generally pretty accurate when it comes to major traffic tie-ups and slow-downs. But wait, there’s more. Let’s say I’ve got the same destination programmed in to both the Garmin and the TomTom software, but I want to know how far it is to a particular point of interest along the route, for example a particular truck stop. The TomTom software continues to run in the background as I go to the Nexus 7’s menu and start Google Maps and/or Google Navigation. Yes, it is easily possible to have TWO completely separate navigation programs running on the Nexus 7 at the same time, even in the background. Of course if one runs any GPS program it’s a good idea to have the Nexus 7 plugged in since it will drain the battery in just a few hours’ time especially if one keeps the screen turned on. Also, with both the TomTom app as well as the included Google Navigation app running simultaneously in the background, it is still possible to open the regular Google Maps app and search and browse the satellite views as normal. As an extra aside, I frequently also have an app such as Audible or DoubleTwist running in the background attached via Bluetooth to a Bluetooth stereo speaker setup. The Nexus 7 is easily able to handle all of these tasks in stride with no slowdowns or stutters. So I find that having multiple GPS apps available in front of me (stuck to my windshield on the Nexus 7 via an inexpensive windshield mount I found on Amazon) to be an invaluable extra navigational aid. I personally believe one of the Nexus 7’s biggest strengths to be the built-in GPS chip, a feature that the Amazon Kindle HD’s lack, as well as all iPads that lack a built-in data connection. A built-in GPS chip really adds tremendous amount of value to any tablet, regardless of what the intended use might be.