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10 Car Gadgets to Make Driving Less Stressful

10 Car Gadgets to Make Driving Less Stressful

Technology is supposed to make life easier, but computers often leave people raging at their machinery. What’s worse is the ever-increasing amount of cars on the road — road rage is an ever-present problem and the net result is that stress levels of the general public are rising.

Luckily, there are some clever sorts out there who have merged computer technology with the car industry to create some fantastic gadgets. Their uses are varied but they all have the added bonus of making your driving experience more enjoyable, less stressful, and safer. Here are ten of the very best to keep you sane during your next journey.

Parrot Asteroid Mini

    The elegant Parrot Asteroid Mini is a hands-free, dashboard-mounted multimedia system that is designed to integrate with your car’s audio system and mobile phone to enable voice-activated calls. Based on the Android operating system, the Parrot Asteroid Mini provides access to all of your music and audio sources, as well as offers applications for driver assistance including web radio, navigation tools, points of interest, and alerts.

    The device features a neat 3.2-inch full colour screen and a hands-free wireless remote control for safer drive time operation.

    GoPro HD Hero3

     

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      Marketed as the “world’s most versatile camera”, the GoPro HD Hero3 is a dramatic looking gadget used for creating films of your driving experiences. The tiny high performance camera features built in Wi-Fi and all the attachments you need – including a quick release buckle and various adhesive mounts – for fixing the device to your dashboard or any other part of your car. The camera is waterproof to a depth of 60 metres so can be attached to your car’s exterior in wet weather conditions.

      Once rolling, the camera captures all your finest journeys and driving manoeuvres, and the activities of your fellow motorists, all in gloriously sharp HD and high quality immersive audio with wind-noise reduction. Reassuring to have in place, we’re sure.

      Griffin iTrip with Aha

        Griffin iTrip is a handy gadget that connects to your smart phone to transmit audio on an FM radio frequency and is now teamed up with the Aha app from Harman.

        Once the Aha app is installed, you can tune in to a choice of over 30,000 radio stations and listen through your car’s sound system — but that’s not all. You can also configure the app to suit your journey, updating you with points of interest and picking up radio stations for local weather and traffic reports.

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        Road Angel Gem

          Road Angel Gem is a great little device for warning of upcoming speed cameras and letting you know the speed limit where you are driving, helping to keep you safe and in compliance with local laws.

          The gadget holds one of the most detailed and accurate database of speed limit, speed camera locations, road hazards and accident black spots. The speed limit of the section of road on which you are travelling is constantly displayed in the corner of the device’s screen so you can manage your speed for safety and comfort.

          Road Angel Gem also provides access to a unique service, eAssist. eAssist is a specialised service that allows you to connect and speak with an operator if you get in trouble; the operator appraises your situation and contacts the relevant emergency services to ensure a rapid and appropriate response to the situation.

          Cobra iRadar Atom

            The Cobra iRadar Atom is another law enforcement detection device designed to sit on your car’s dashboard or windscreen and sense when the police are running speed traps. When the device is connected to an iPhone or Android smartphone running the iRadar app it becomes a powerful law enforcement detection tool, but also helps with general speed and safety management, and there is the ability to share data with other iRadar users via an online community portal.

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            Delphi Vehicle Diagnostics

              This is a discreet device you can plug into your car’s OBD 2 port to provide mechanical and trouble shooting data on your car’s health. Depending on the your car’s technical specifications, there are also many other potential uses for this device beyond its diagnostic functions.

              Once paired with a smartphone and the relevant app, you can use the device as a remote control – remotely locking or unlocking doors, checking mileage and speed, starting the engine — and you can also set up ‘geo fences’ that define boundaries the car is allowed to travel in. These tools could be great for parents, employers, or any one else who lends out their car to ensure the vehicle is being driven responsibly and within defined geographical limits.

              Devium Dash

                Devium Dash is a dashboard platform mount designed to hold any smartphone and hook it directly into your car’s stereo system. This means you can use your phone’s music files and apps and access other audio functions such as AM/FM radio for local travel and weather updates, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calls, input jack for auxiliary devices, and other great features. Your phone is recharged while it is attached.

                SuperTooth HD

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                  SuperTooth HD is a high performance Bluetooth speakerphone which, the makers claim, is two to three times more powerful than any other similar device on the market.

                  The gadget has voice-sensitive microphones and advanced voice recognition software for a wide range of hands-free voice commands including dialling, answering or rejecting calls, checking voicemail and battery charge, and making emergency calls. You can also get the device to read aloud incoming SMS messages and emails, and you can dictate emails, update your Facebook wall, and send Twitter tweets – all while you’re driving.

                  Kensington Proximo

                    The Kensington Proximo is a gadget designed to be paired with an iOS smartphone with a sensor fob that can be attached to your bag or car keys – if you leave them somewhere the device sounds an alarm to alert you. You can also hide a sensor inside your car to help you locate where it’s parked or, in the unfortunate event your vehicle is stolen, get a head start in tracking its location.

                    Handpresso Wild Espresso Maker

                      One of the main dangers on the road is tiredness. The standard advice here is to pull up, get some rest, or if possible grab a stimulating coffee. With the Handpresso Wild Espresso Maker, you can enjoy a freshly-made, reviving cup of espresso coffee anywhere. The handheld device is non-electrical, small and portable, and compatible with all brands of ESE coffee pods – the ultimate for in-car coffee convenience and a tremendous luxury to have around.

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                      Last Updated on August 29, 2018

                      5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                      5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                      Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

                      Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

                      Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

                      1. 750words

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                      750 words

                        750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                        750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

                        750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

                        2. Ohlife

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                        ohlife

                          Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                          Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                          3. Oneword

                          oneword

                            OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                            Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                            4. Penzu

                              Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                              With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                              5. Evernote

                              Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                              Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                              For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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