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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 May 14, 2019

                      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                      Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                      1. Zoho Notebook
                        If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                      2. Evernote
                        The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                      3. Net Notes
                        If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                      4. i-Lighter
                        You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                      5. Clipmarks
                        For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                      6. UberNote
                        If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                      7. iLeonardo
                        iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                      8. Zotero
                        Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                      I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                      In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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