CES 2018: Garmin’s Alexa-Powered Navigation Device Gains a Built-in Dash Cam It Should Have Had From the Start

I really liked Garmin’s bare-bones Speak navigation device when I tried it out a few months ago. Instead of a touchscreen, the $130 (~£110) device relies on voice commands, processed by Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant, to get you where you want to go. A few months later, Garmin is already introducing a new version that adds a built-in dash cam for documenting accidents, but it’s a feature I wish the unit had had from day one. Read More >>

Forget BMW, the Garmin Speak Is a Cheaper Way to Put Alexa in Your Car

The most useful place for a voice-activated digital assistant isn’t your office, kitchen, or living room. It’s in your car, where your hands and eyes should be pre-occupied with driving. So Garmin put Amazon’s Alexa in a new bare-bones navigation device that will ensure you’ll never get lost, and never get lonely, on a long drive. Read More >>

I Tried the Most Futuristic Car Dashboard You Can Buy

We all know we’re supposed to ignore our smartphones while driving. Yet somehow it’s OK to take our eyes off the road to glance at some kind of GPS unit? Navdy is one of the first GPS devices that claims to be safer for drivers by putting the map and other info front and centre so your eyes stay on the road—it’s also one of the most comprehensive in-car navigation devices on the market. Read More >>

Pilot Crashed After GPS Took Him to Nonexistent Scottish Airport

A pilot flipped his light aircraft over a wall in a field in Scotland, with the blame being placed on a GPS device that pointed him to a landing strip that wasn't there. Read More >>

Doing What the Satnav Says is Being Added to the Driving Test

The DVSA is tweaking the format of the driving test to better suit modern times, with the refreshed exam format about to feature a section on following the directions of your in-car GPS navigation machine. The driving instructors of the country are sighing so hard even the back windscreen has steamed up. Read More >>

This Collar That Reads Pets’ Emotions Is a Tech Travesty

Tucked among the booths at CES is a small company called Kyon. It wants to revolutionise the pet collar business by offering an innovation that, among other things, tells you what your pet is feeling. This is bullshit and it must be stopped. Read More >>

Garmin’s Fēnix 5 Squeezes Satellite Navigation Into a Slim Fitness-Tracking Smartwatch

At CES 2015, Garmin revealed the epix: the company’s first wearable that included the same satellite navigation capabilities as its handheld units. As smartwatches go, the epix was one of the largest and bulkiest wearables you could strap to your wrist, but two years later, Garmin has finally packed similar functionality into its Fēnix smartwatch. Read More >>

Future Tech Crime Division Locks Thief Inside Car He Stole

A car thief, after having enjoyed a little sleep in the BMW he'd just stolen, woke up to find he was locked in the vehicle -- thanks to the modern wonders of GPS tracking and remote locking and everyone coming together to punish a bad man. Read More >>

Telephone GPs are Cutting Costs for Private Healthcare Users

Some of the UK's private healthcare providers are turning to telephone GP consultations, in a move to make it easier and quicker for patients to get an opinion. Oh, and maybe to save money, but that's only a happy coincidence. Read More >>

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Garmin’s 4K Action Cam Can be Operated Hands-Free Using Voice Commands

With the release of the VIRB X and XE action cams last year, Garmin finally gave consumers a reason to choose its action cam over a GoPro. But while it had built-in sensors letting users measure just how extreme their stunts were, it topped out at a disappointing 1080p. The new VIRB Ultra 30, however, boosts that recordable resolution to 4K, and it introduces voice controls. Read More >>

Scientists Outline GPS for Space Travel

Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory and the University of Leicester claim to have come up with some sort of GPS system equivalent for space travel, saying they've managed to track things up there to an accuracy of 30km at a distance as far away from us as Neptune. Read More >>

Polar’s New Fitness Tracker is a Full-on Android Smartwatch

We were disappointed when Polar sacrificed the GPS capabilities of the M400 smart sports watch so that its A300, revealed in early 2015, could hit the market with a cheaper price tag. But affordability is apparently no longer as important to the company as features, because Polar’s new M600 is a full-on Android Wear smartwatch. Read More >>

What Would You Do With Shia LaBeouf if You Tracked Down His GPS Coordinates?

Former screen actor and current real-world bizarre performance artiste Shia LaBeouf has come up with a new way of making people shake their heads and worry about his mental state: posting his GPS location online and asking us to come and find him. Read More >>

Disability Rights Group Outraged by ‘Spy-Like’ Job Coaches in GP Surgeries

A trial within one London council area that sees job coaches installed in family doctor surgeries is not going down well with disabled people, who say the concept is akin to spying -- and could lead to people with disabilities staying away from GPs out of the fear of having their entitlements challenged. Read More >>

GPS Artist Turns Cycling into Creative Fun Time

We've seen bored sports enthusiasts drawing virtual penises across cities before, but none have taken it as far as Strava artist Stephen Lund -- who uses GPS and his bicycle to create things he says are art. If a childlike drawing of a digger can be called art. Read More >>