The faster you're going, the farther ahead you should be looking. With
that in mind, Garmin has designed its new Varia bicycle headlight to
automatically focus its beam farther up the road when you're at speed,
while broadening it to give wider but less intense illumination as you
Garmin gave hope to many a floundering tech startup's CEO earlier this year when it purchased Ikubu Ltd in the wake of a crowdfunding campaign that came up short. Though the company failed to capture the imagination of the Dragon Innovation crowdfunding community, Garmin liked the cut of Ikubu's jib, so it snapped the company up with a view to bringing its rear-facing bike radar system to market. Now, the electronics giant has unveiled the finished, more polished product dubbed Varia Radar, which also integrates with Garmin's Edge cycle computer.
Garmin has announced two new action cameras which it hopes can de-throne GoPro with the addition of more action data. The new Virb X and Virb XE models boast a new more GoPro-like form-factor, and come in standard and high-end versions like the Hero4 Silver and Black
cameras. However, the new cameras are waterproof without the need for an external case, and are packed with sensors which allow users to display data overlays on their action videos.
The fēnix 3 is Garmin's latest take on the rugged, outdoor sportswatch. It combines some advanced fitness and activity tracking features with basic smartphone notifications, and it's aimed at those who spend a lot of their spare time running, hiking, swimming and exploring the great outdoors. Join Gizmag as we take the fēnix 3 for a breath of fresh air.
With the almost inevitable rise of smartwatches (which still hasn't quite hit the mainstream), the humble fitness tracker could soon have a hard time justifying its demands on your wrist real-estate. As such, they too are getter smarter. While tracking your fitness and activity, the Garmin Vivosmart
can also show incoming emails on your wrist and control the music playback of your smartphone. But is a smart(er) fitness tracker a smart buy? Gizmag recently spent a bit of time with one on our wrist to find out.
Even when a crowdfunding project doesn't meet its financial goal, it can still turn out to be a success. A case in point is iKubu Ltd's Backtracker
, a car-detecting low-power radar system for bicycles. Although the South African startup's fund-raising campaign on Dragon Innovation didn't work out, electronics giant Garmin has now bought the company.
Garmin has three brand-new wearables on show at CES this year, all with a strong outdoors and fitness focus. They each have a slightly different target audience, offer different levels of functionality, and all support the company’s Connect IQ app platform
Though Garmin has been in the wearables game for a lot longer than most companies, its offerings are a bit lacking when it comes to non-fitness related functionality. To combat this, the company is enlisting the help of third-party developers, with the goal of drawing its functionality closer to fully-blown smartwatches.
Garmin's sports monitoring efforts have typically resembled bulky wristwatches more than the inconspicuous, new age fitness trackers of the Fitbit
mold. It did flag its intentions to trim some fat earlier this year with the release of its vivofit
bracelet and the company's new vivosmart, which we came across at IFA last week, retains the form and function of the slender fitness bracelet, while packing real-time notifications and functionality of a smartwatch.
The Experimental Aircraft Association's fly-in airshow held annually at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is one of the largest and most anticipated events of its kind in the world. With a history that stretches back more than 60 years, this aviation spectacular now attracts over half a million aircraft enthusiasts, along with some 10,000 planes, helicopters and experimental aircraft of all eras. Gizmag joined the multitudes on the shores of Lake Winnebago for EAA AirVenture 2014 – here's our look at the highlights.