Triposo travel belt buzzes you in the right direction

One of the biggest challenges when traveling to new places is not looking like a clueless tourist while you're there. The Triposo travel belt on Indiegogo is raising funds to help make intrepid explorers look less lost when they're walking around.

The belt works by connecting with a cable to the headphone jack on your smartphone. Open up the Triposo travel guide app, select a destination, and choose the "buzz me there" option. The app communicates with the belt, which then vibrates at different spots to tell you to go straight, turn back, turn left, or turn right. … Read more

Hammerhead bike navigator simplifies adventurous rides

Nothing puts a speed bump in a thrilling bike ride quite like stopping to consult a map on your smartphone. Sure, you can mount your GPS to your handlebars, but that's a lot of information to take in when you're rocketing down the street and trying to stay safe from cars. The Hammerhead bike navigator ditches all the extraneous information and simplifies your two-wheeled travels.

The $75 Hammerhead is a hammerhead-shaped device that fits on your handlebars. It works with an iOS app that sends directional information to the gadget. As you follow a route, it indicates with bright LEDs where and when to turn, and when you've reached your destination. It works for both urban environments and off-road trails.… Read more

Truck driver has GPS jammer, accidentally jams Newark airport

No reasonable employee wants their boss to know where they are all the time.

Just as no reasonable boss wants his employees to know where she is all the time.

In the former case, those who have to drive around know that one way to get around the problem is to purloin an (entirely illegal) GPS jammer.

I understand from my underworld contacts that such a jammer can be obtained for less than $100.

Gary Bojczak may have thought this a sound investment. For, as CBS New York reports, he admitted to investigators that he put one in the truck … Read more

Google gets an Eiffel

Like Napoleon, Google knows how to invade.

Unlike Napoleon, it wouldn't send its army of camera-wielding invaders into a Russian winter.

However, it did send its people, clothed and fed, up the Eiffel Tower to record the very sensations that 7 million visitors experience every year. The results can be seen here. Just click on "museum view."

In a veritable travelogue of a blog post, Google's Mark Yoshitake exposed details of this trek toward the sky.

The Eiffel Tower Company collaborated with the Google Cultural Institute (oh,yes, there is one) to create an exhibition that … Read more

WearIt Wi-Fi sports smartwatch keeps you on the map

From Microsoft to Sony, it seems like everyone's starting to make smartwatches these days. It's an increasingly crowded field, but if you're into sports, here's one that might suit you.

WearIt, from Montana fitness electronics firm Heart Rate Watch Company, packs in GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 .b/g/n, ANT+, and Bluetooth Smart 4.0 LE connectivity, as well as USB 2.0.

It can connect to external sensors, such as heart rate monitors and bike speed sensors, displaying data on its 240x240-pixel resolution touchscreen. … Read more

Recon's Google Glass lookalikes open for preorders at $500

Recon Instruments, which debuted its wirelessly connected eyewear with a heads-up display at Google I/O last month, is starting to take preorders for the gadgets.

Consumers can place orders now for the Recon Jet for $500 at And though the glasses debuted at Google I/O, they have nothing to do with Google Glass, despite some striking similarities.… Read more

Cat secrets: Researchers track 50 felines with GPS, cams

The CNET test cats don't lead very secret lives, mostly because they are indoors and easily located at any time (usually snoozing on a lap near the computer).

Other felines, however, are footloose and fancy-free. They step outside in the morning and don't show up again until supper time. Where do they go? What do they do? Researchers in England set about trying to answer those questions.

BBC Two's Horizon program and the Royal Veterinary College followed 50 cats in a Surrey village with GPS and micro-cameras. Cats were tracked over six different 24-hour periods to see where they went. A selection of 10 of the furry subjects can be viewed online, along with video clips of their activities.… Read more

Phone out of juice? Just twirl this tube charger

If you're far from the grid and your smartphone battery is running out, you'd better have a backup if there are no other phones around. This recharger gives you power with a flick of the wrist.

Voltmaker is an award-winning, patented design and Indiegogo campaign for a USB charger that can give you emergency power by spinning the dynamo. The 6-inch, 10-ounce device can also be recharged on a standard outlet.

If your phone is dead and you're hiking in the woods, spinning Voltmaker for two minutes will generate enough power for a phone call lasting several minutes, according to the campaign. … Read more

Forget Google Glass, Recon debuts Android-friendly glasses at I/O

No doubt, Google executives will spend plenty of time at the annual Google I/O conference that begins Wednesday in San Francisco talking about Google Glass, and all the opportunities for developers to create programs for the geeky eyewear.

But outside the conference hall, a Google partner plans to unveil a pair of sunglasses that comes with its own heads-up display. Even though Google invited the company, Recon Instruments, to demonstrate the glasses at its premier developer event of the year, the specs have nothing to do with Google Glass.

Instead, Recon is launching Jet, heads-up display glasses using its … Read more

TomTom dives deeper into the GPS sport watch business

This may not be TomTom's first foray into the GPS sport watch business (that distinction came with the Nike+ SportWatch), but the announcement of the TomTom Runner and Multi-Sport are proof that the GPS hardware provider is getting serious about the fitness tech segment.

The Runner and Multi-Sport are based on identical core hardware but feature different software, wristbands, and accessories. The core unit uses a large, high-contrast, monochrome LCD display covered with Gorilla glass, so it should be up to being knocked around a bit. TomTom tells us that the display is not e-ink, but has been … Read more