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This Belt Vibrates In The Direction You’re Supposed To Go, So You Don’t Have To Pull Your Phone Out

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Walking around with phone in hand, looking for directions, almost immediately brands you as a tourist. Nothing wrong with that, really, but you may want to be more inconspicuous for whatever reason. Enter the Triposo Travel belt. Connect it to your phone with a cable, launch the app, point to where you want to go, and put the phone back in your pocket. As soon as you start walking, the belt will buzz in any of four directions, guiding you from corner to corner until you reach your destination. You’ll look as comfortable as a local, while having absolutely no idea where you are.

It’s a smart idea and we hope they reach their modest funding goal of $10,000. It would have been nice if it were wireless, but we imagine that battery drainage concerns killed that initiative. If you want to pre-order your own, it’ll cost you $50.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Helios Handlebar Brings LEDs, GPS, Navigation And More To Your Bicycle

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Handlebars on a bike can be so much more than rests for your hands, a place to affix the brakes, and a way to actually turn the two-wheeled vehicle. With the Helios handlebar, you can add the following features: button-activated rear-facing LED turn blinkers, 500 lumen headlight, smartphone controlled ambient lighting, speed indication and even navigation assistance. The blinker functionality is pretty straightforward, but the others can use some explaining. The speed indication will have the LEDs progressively change colour as you speed up; red for slow and green for fast. The Helios uses the GPS in your phone (paired through Bluetooth 4.0) to not only determine your speed, but also to give you directions; just load up a course and it’ll interface with Google Maps’ cycling directions to light up the appropriate LED as a required turn approaches. How exactly you’re supposed to see the LED on the rear-facing part of the handlebar we’re not entirely sure, but we trust that some thought has been put into that.

Finally, a low power GPS module is integrated into the handlebar itself. Just pop in a prepaid SIM card and you can track your bike from anywhere in the world, which is great if it ever gets stolen.

All this for $200? That’s a bargain if you ask us. Heck, it’s even $149 in Early Bird pricing on the Kickstarter campaign that should get off the ground sometime today.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

TomTom Releases Go Live Top Gear Edition

By David Ponce

You won’t care much about this if you don’t obsessively watch the best car show on the planet, UK Top Gear. Then again, if you don’t watch it, perhaps you should just curl up in a ball and not do much at all; life isn’t worth living when one lacks appreciation for this show… The rest of us however will find it interesting to know that TomTom has released a special “Top Gear Edition” of its GO LIVE GPS navigator. The most obvious features is that your directions will be voiced by the giant himself, Jeremy Clarkson. But that’s not where it ends. Other unique features include

    Top Gear Points of Interest like “an exhaustive of racetracks and raceways, including the Top Gear Test Track.”
    Unique Top Gear car icons.
    Top Gear start up and shut down screens.
    And my personal favorite, “Stig Mode”. It renders the satnav instantly silent!

It’s $270 and available for Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US.

[ TomTom Go Live Top Gear Edition ] VIA [ Xataka ]

Nokia’s Ovi Maps Navigation Might Be Reason Enough To Buy A Nokia Phone

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By Evan Ackerman

Generally, a Nokia mobile application isn’t something we’d cover around here. So I think first, I should give you a full disclosure: I got a demo of Nokia’s new Ovi Maps app at a breakfast event yesterday morning that may have included bacon. I am reasonably confident that said bacon didn’t influence my opinion more than a modest amount, but I just thought I’d let you know.

Anyway, let me cut directly to the chase and say that the biggest deal with Ovi Maps, as opposed to something like Google Maps, is that Ovi Maps (which is totally free, btw) does not require a data connection for turn-by-turn voice directions. When you buy a Nokia phone that has GPS and Ovi Maps, it’ll come preloaded with a map of whatever country you’re in. From that point, you don’t need a data plan (or even a SIM card, for that matter) for the phone to provide you with driving directions, walking directions, and points of interest… It’s a great solution if you want a phone, and a GPS, but can’t otherwise justify the staggering expense of a monthly data plan.

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Tele Atlas HD Traffic Service Now Available

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By Shane McGlaun

Live traffic services have been available on a variety of different portable navigation devices for a while. Using these services drivers can find where traffic jams are happening and get alternate routes to avoid the jams.

Tele Atlas has announced its new HD Traffic service that uses new methods of gathering real time traffic information for subscribers. Traffic data provided by the service uses information from GPS measurements submitted anonymously from other user’s navigation devices and mobile phones, road sensors, and journalistic data.

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