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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 February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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