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Cobra Electronics reveals brand new Instant Proof Dash Cam

Driving is fun for many, although no one would like to be stuck in a traffic gridlock. While it is convenient to get around in your own set of wheels, there is always some level of risk involved, and accidents to happen to even the best of us. In such circumstances, it would be of utmost importance if you have an eyewitness around to figure out who is right or wrong in a particular situation — and there is nothing better than a digital recording to capture all that had happened in the fender bender. Cobra Electronics has decided to come up with their all new Instant Proof Dash Cam that will help to protect your family, your vehicle, and your driving record through the recording of video evidence just in the event when an incident happens.

The new Instant Proof HD Dash Cam, also known as the IP 200, is a windshield mounted camera which will continuously records video of the road as you drive. It performs all of its video recording in high definition 1080p video while relying on a 120° viewing angle, ensuring that the entire road is filmed while still maintaining focus directly ahead that will be able to read out license plate numbers. With continuous loop recording, it captures and stores footage in 3-minute segments. In the event where the memory card fills up, the camera will then delete the oldest segment automatically in order to make room for the new videos.

There is also an integrated G-Sensor which will be able to sense sudden accelerations and collisions, and it automatically protects footage surrounding the incident. Clips can also be manually saved simply by pressing the File Lock button. Other features of the IP 200 include Motion Detection that offers visual event recording while a vehicle is parked, Auto Record that automatically starts recording upon powering up, among others.

The IP 200 will ship with a 4GB microSD memory card to help you get started right out of the box, with an asking price of $59.95 apiece.

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Magellan TRX7 introduces a HD camera for off-roading navigation

Magellan does more than navigation devices and dashboard cameras, as their latest device, the TRX7 CS, will function as the only navigation device in the market that will boast of thousands of pre-loaded trails as well as landmarks, street navigation, and High Definition (HD) video recording and photo taking capability, all without the need for having a data connection for this bad boy. This means that when equipped with the Magellan TRX7 CS, off-roaders are able to navigate from concrete jungle to trailhead, and then upload imagery from all of those travels.

The TRX7 CS marks the first-ever combined turn-by-turn GPS and HD camera system that has been specially designed with off-roaders in mind. It is extremely tough, because that was what it was built for — and will change the way adrenaline junkies navigate, capture and share their trail rides with everyone. It is now a snap to easily and confidently navigate from your front door to over 117,000 pre-loaded trails, record video/picture highlights with detailed geotagging, navigate home before uploading images to waypoints on Magellan’s interactive website.

The camera itself is no pushover, as it boasts of adjustable light settings, autofocus, a LED flash, a countdown timer and the ability to capture panoramic images/time lapse videos. You would not have to worry about how you are able to remember where all those adventures took place either down the road — as it comes with automatic geo location tagging ability. All of the featured trails have been approved for motorized traffic by government agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, and of course, it is built tough — being shock resistant and IP67 dust and waterproof.

The Magellan TRX7 CS will sport a $749.99 price tag if you are interested in picking one up.

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FlowMotion ONE compact stabilizer is also wearable

flowmotion-oneNow here is something that you do not see every single day. The FlowMotion ONE happens to come across as being the first compact as well as wearable stabilizer, where it will sport world-class stabilization software that allows it to transform just about any smartphone into a professional-quality camera. In other words, those professional looking videos that you see on your Facebook wall that has been posted by your mates and family members? Yes, those can be yours with the FlowMotion ONE, as it delivers the ability for anyone and everyone to capture smooth and vibration-free video.

The FlowMotion ONE is also small enough to fit in your pocket, making it the one and only smartphone stabilizer which is able to be worn as a wearable, now how about that? Its diminutive form factor also enables you to use it as a handheld device, as it arrives in a unique compact and portable design. There are three ways to use the FlowMotion ONE: firstly, when it is mounted to your GoPro or other camera mounts, to have it paired with FlowMotion’s smart handle with joystick, and last but not least, have it attached to FlowMotion’s carbon extension pole.

The stabilizer is not the only thing that helps the FlowMotion ONE deliver smooth and stable looking videos — it also has the FlowMotion app which delivers auto-follow technology. All that you need to do is to frame a target on the phone screen, and regardless of whether your subject is a person or an object, the FlowMotion ONE will ensure that it remains in focus.

In fact, it is said that the advanced stabilization found on the FlowMotion ONE is so accurate, it will even play nice with the optical image stabilization of new smartphones, such as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus from Apple. Those who are interested in seeing the FlowMotion ONE in action can pre-order theirs from Kickstarter for $199 a pop, where it will be compatible with Android and iOS devices.

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Q-See introduces QGo Dashcam

q-see-qgoDashboard cameras have become so commonplace these days, it is not surprising at all. After all, we live in a very connected and visual generation, where just about everything and anything that can be recorded, will be recorded. I am quite sure that you would have seen your fair share of recorded videos of road rage being shown on social media by now, thanks to the mushrooming of dashboard cameras everywhere. Well, if you have not quite jumped aboard the bandwagon just yet, then you might be interested in picking up the Q-See QGo Dashcam.

The QGo Dashcam is a totally new model from the folks over at Q-See, who are knee deep into the world of home surveillance and security cameras for some time now. Hence, it makes perfect sense to expand their market to include the Q-Go Dashcam, where it is being touted as a digital driving companion. I think that would be taking it a bit too far, as it does nothing more than record down what’s going on in front (or perhaps at the back, depending on how you would like it), whereas a companion would be able to offer so much more than just one way traffic in terms of gathering information.

This next generation of vehicle video surveillance will be able to help protect you against false insurance claims just in case an accident happens. You as well as the court of law would have no doubt whatsoever as to what happened right in front — or behind your vehicle, as the evidence literally speaks for itself. There would be the Auto Recording and Loop Recording features, enabling the QGo to provide constant coverage whenever you hit the road. All recorded video will be saved onto the internal microSD memory card slot, where it can hold up to a 32GB microSD memory card. Thankfully, it comes with an 8GB microSD memory card right out of the box to help you get started.

Wait times for data transfer is also minimized thanks to the included) in size. Avoid data transfer wait times thanks to the QGo’s integrated HDMI port, which also lets you play recordings directly on your HDTV or monitor as opposed to a computer instead. This bad boy comes with an asking price of $99 a pop.

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The Escort Max II Radar Detector makes you seem like a model citizen

Everyone exceeds the speed limit whether they mean to or not. When you’re on a long stretch of road for seemingly endless miles with no cars coming or going, you’re going to be a bit lead-footed so you can get to where you’re going faster. Of course, there are police officers who need to do their jobs, and sometimes we forget how fast we’re going when we get closer to civilization.

If you ever find yourself in need of a reminder that you should probably slow down your speed demon ways, then the Escort Max II Radar Detector should help you out. This is a receiver that incorporates military technology, has a multi-color OLED display, and is updated weekly on the whereabouts of red light and speed cameras in North America. It also features a community aspect as other users in the area will give you real-time alerts, warnings, and local speed limit data.

It has a great range, uses voice alerts, and is Bluetooth-equipped for access to Escort Live. This is basically just a network to help you avoid tickets, but it’s pretty obvious that you should be driving safely in tandem with using this. This is one of the more expensive models at $399.99, but seeing that it can save those who can’t seem to help but speed check themselves before racking up tickets which will easily equal that price after 2 or more tickets.

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Skybuds wireless earbuds are ready to rock and roll

skybudsWe all love our music. After all, music does get the body moving, not to mention it is a way to recover emotionally and mentally with the right kind of tunes. Just step into any spa, and the soothing background music would then do its job of bringing you to another place mentally, as you lose yourself in the massage and environment. Having said that, some of us are unable to live without any music, regardless of where we go or travel. That means getting a good pair of earphones or earbuds, and with so many different choices that are available on the market, just which particular model should you settle for? If you haven’t yet parted ways with your money, then the Skybuds wireless earbuds might be worth checking out.

These are touted to be “true” wireless earbuds, where they were also picked out to be part of the Wearables 2016 CES Innovation Awards Honoree. Thanks to Alpha Audiotronics, Inc., the Skybuds claim to offer a truly wire-free solution with premium sound quality as well as reliable connectivity, hoping to transform the way users experience sound.

Skybuds make use of Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) technology, which are more often than not, seen in action in hearing aids. With NFMI technology, it should be able to ensure uninterrupted, high-quality sound in the headphone industry. Accompanying the NFMI technology would see each earbud make use of a top-of-the-line, balanced armature driver and psychoacoustic features, including base enhancement, so that a premium audio experience can be created. These earbuds have been specially designed in such a manner that they boast of Passive Noise Cancellation, which will suppress unwanted and distracting external audio.

The Skybuds will juice up and can be stored in a light, portable case known as the Skydock, which conveniently delivers up to another 24 hours of on-the-go charging time. Apart from superior sound quality, each Skybud will be fitted with an omnidirectional microphone, and have been ergonomically designed to comfortably sit in users’ ears.

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VOXXHirschmann reveals EVO vehicle infotainment system

evoWhenever one travels in a car or in something larger such as an SUV or even MPV, chances are the radio would be turned on at the very least. Well, there might be more than meets the eye for longer distance routes, especially when you take into consideration how children would fit into the ride without asking you “Are we there yet?” every 10 minutes. Keeping them occupied with the latest movies on a mobile device is fine and dandy, but won’t it be better if they had a larger sized screen located into the back of the headrest? VOXXHirschmann latest foray into automotive rear seat vehicle infotainment has resulted in EVO, which intends to bring the in-home TV entertainment experience in your vehicle.

This next generation Evolution Series (“EVO”) Rear Seat Vehicle Infotainment (“RSI”) solution will be part of models rolled out by General Motors (“GM”) for forthcoming model 2018, 2019 and 2020 vehicles.

According to Pat Lavelle, President and CEO of VOXX International Corporation, “With EVO, we are redefining rear seat vehicle infotainment, moving far beyond DVD-based systems intended to entertain our children, to a truly mobile, wireless infotainment hub for global vehicles. By incorporating advanced media playback and streaming capabilities with wireless in-car connectivity and easy-to-integrate form factors designed for OEMs, EVO was created to enable consumers to seamlessly take and share their content across multiple devices such as tablets and smartphones, no matter where they go. We look forward to working with GM and our other OEM partners to bring the vision of the Connected Car to life.”

Forget about legacy DVD-based players — the new EVO product range will be the next evolutionary step in rear seat vehicle infotainment. Users are able to create and securely log into their own wireless in-car rear-seat infotainment networks, not to mention share and stream media content across all occupants of the vehicle. It does not matter whether the content is stashed away or viewed on the EVO system, or even on a passenger’s mobile device.

The EVO system will also accept content from SD card and HDMI/USB-based devices, offers support for Miracast and DLNA functionality, and boasts of the EVO Slingplayer, resulting in consumers enjoying a live TV experience in the car via VOXXHirschmann’s exclusive partnership with Sling Media. Looks like traveling has become all the more fun with EVO!

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Airvue and Groovies keep kids entertained on long road trips

Are you about to bring your family for a holiday trip this summer, building and creating new memories for them to bring with them well into their adult years? A road trip should always be part of the bucket list, although it can be rather difficult or challenging if your little ones start to exhibit their curious nature. Questions are sure to come in thick and fast, with “Are we there yet?” being one of the main, recurring questions. Having said that, if you will indeed bring your little bunch of troopers along, then Kenu has just the thing for you in order to lighten up your load – with the introduction of a coupe of trailblazing products, the Airvue and Groovies.

The Airvue is a car tablet mount that will retail for $49.95 a pop, where this patent pending car tablet mount is a snap to attach to the back of your car’s headrest in a secure manner. It boasts of spring loaded jaws that will be able to securely hold just about any iPad or tablet. Installation is a snap – just simply flex the curved mount to position it between the headrest bars, and you’re good to go. Both the ball and socket joint pivots for multiple viewing angles and rotates 360 degrees allowing both portrait and landscape mode in order to keep your kids amused on the road. The moment you arrive at your destination, Airvue can then be used as a tabletop stand, or even a luggage handle mount. Airvue will be compatible with all popular tablets, ranging from the iPad mini to the iPad Air and iPad Pro, in addition to majority of the other Android tablets out there.

As for the $24.95 Groovies premium kid headphones, these offer premium sound at safe listening levels, thanks to a volume limiting technology which will help maintain the sound pressure at 85dB as recommended by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. As for the ear pads themselves, they are made with hypoallergenic materials in order to provide comfort for all day use. Sounds like a combination that can’t be beat, don’t you think so?

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Car Speakerphone claims to be the best in its class

best-car-speakerphoneSpeakerphones do come in handy if you happen to be a busy bee all day long, and have plenty of phone calls to attend to and yet would need to use both of your hands for whatever task you’re involved in. After all, not only do speakerphones let you keep in touch with the caller, it also makes traveling safer, especially when you are the one behind the wheel. Hammacher has what it claims to be the best Car Speakerphone that will retail for $99.95 a pop.

Why did this particular car speakerphone pick up “The Best” rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute? For the simple reason – it delivered the clearest audio when tested. This is made possible thanks to the Best model’s dual microphone that does away with background sounds courtesy of its noise reducing technology. Being different from lesser models that caused muffled sounds or echoes, The Best unit’s three-speaker virtual surround sound offered audio that was deemed to be as clear as listening to the radio. One can mount it to a visor and have it connect automatically to your iPhone or Android handset via Bluetooth when you enter the vehicle. The included software will enable one to make and answer phone calls using voice commands and an FM transmitter leaves the door open for one to stream phone calls, podcasts, music, and GPS directions via the car’s stereo speakers. It takes two hours to juice it up with the included USB charger, where a full charge delivers 14 hours of talking time or 960 hours of standby time.
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Lukas Dual Lens Dash Camera comes with Wi-Fi and GPS

lukas-rear-view-camWith the cost of consumer electronics in many areas becoming more and more affordable these days, so too have the introduction of rear view video cameras (as well as dashboard cameras) in vehicles seen the market grow by leaps and bounds. Rear View Safety, which is the industry leader in the sales and distribution of backup camera systems, has recently announced its LK-7950 Lukas Dual Lens Dash Camera that comes complete with Wi-Fi and GPS support.

There are many different ways to make use of dash cameras, where they would certainly come in handy whenever there is an accident, or perhaps you have the need to prove the timeline of the event from footage for insurance purposes, and even in certain cases, to dispute traffic tickets or to record a summer road trip. One of the most important features that one ought to to look out for in a dash camera would include video quality, viewing angle and design. The LK-7950 Lukas Dual Lens Dash Camera with Wi-Fi and GPS will hopefully not disappoint, thanks to the slew of features that have been thrown into the mix.

For starters, the LK-7950 will arrive with not one, but two cameras, where there will be one in front while another is located at the back, delivering full HD video recording either way. In other words, it is as though you have a couple of dash cameras in one, where the front camera boasts of an ultra-wide 135° viewing angle, while the rear lens has a 130° viewing angle. The camera will include not one, but two cards (one SD and one microSD card) to help you save space while ensuring that all important footage will be protected. Sporting a combined storage capacity of 512GB, you as the driver will never need to worry about running out of space ever again.

With its built-in WiFi and the free Lukas app for smartphones, one can view live footage wirelessly as well as download them sans wires from both cameras, while the built-in GPS records your vehicle’s location and driving route to boot. Any takers?

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