Tom Robertson looks at the most innovative devices for tracing your location – no matter what you’re doing or where you’re going
The shape of things to come
It’s anticipated that pretty soon most new cars and trucks will come with a Head-Up Display (HUD) but the clever folks over at Garmin have decided that they’re not going to wait around for this to happen. Instead, they’ve created an HUD display that can be installed in any vehicle by taking a small unit and having it project the image on to the car windscreen. The bad news? You’ll need a separate Garmin GPs unit for it to link up to and be the brains behind the operation. Garmin.com RO58
The beauty of the TomTom GO LIVE 1005 Worlds SatNav is that it does the basics well, and in a sleekly designed and user friendly unit. Featuring world-wide maps, it’s sure to cover everywhere you could dream of going, be it adventuring off to Africa or pootling down to Salalah. A generously sized 5inch multi touch screen ensures that you’ll never miss that essential turn on your journey. RO192 from tomtom.com
Look behind for forward thinking
Not all cars come equipped with reversing cameras that are proving ever popular with motorists trying to squeeze their cars in to Muscat’s tight parking spots. And that’s where Garmin comes in with it’s latest Nüvi 2798LMT package. It features a tiny camera that will slot into your rear brake light. You can then switch the GPS screen between directions for the road ahead or a camera view of that wall behind you. RO154 from Garmin.com
As we showed in Issue 304, there are some awful drivers out there on the roads of Oman and whose careless driving can cause all manner of accidents. Garmin may have spelt the end for insurance squabbles over who caused the crash. The Dash Cam 20 features a wide angle HD camera that will record your journey and all those idiotic manouevres by others that may land you in a spot of trouble. The internal accelerometer detects G-forces resulting from braking or collision and can – don’t ask me how – cleverly provide recorded footage from just before the incident occurs. Garmin, on behalf of sensible motorist everywhere, we thank you. Expected price RO96. Release date TBC
Fit for exploration
If you’re going to buy jeans, buy from an original denim outfit. If you’re going to buy watches, buy swiss. By that logic, if you’re going to buy a GPS watch, buy from the originals: Suunto. The Ambit 2 GPS watch is capable of keeping track of location, distance covered, altitude, time and a whole host of other features that make this an indispensable companion for the great outdoors, no matter how active you are. RO197 from Amazon.com
App of the week: CoPilot Premium Mid East
When CoPilot launched their navigation App a few years ago, they were widely regarded as having produced a fantastic GPS navigation App that rivaled TomToms similar effort for just half the money. Their 2014 version of CoPilot Premium Mid East features turn by turn directions for Oman, as well as Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE. More importantly, maps are stored on the phone so it doesn’t need a data connection to work. Brilliant.
NEW! Polar v650
After the Tour of Oman, you may be interested in this great new bike gadget. Soon to be released is the sharp looking Polar 650, the world’s smallest cycling computer with fully integrated GPS. But don’t let size fool you this is one clever piece of kit. Deliveries start May 2014.
Register interest at polarv650.com, Price TBC.