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Choosing the Best GPS Sports Watch for You

GPS Sports Watches, Running Watches, and Marathon Watches all have a few things in common; your health, timing, tracking software, GPS monitoring, and heart rate monitoring. Often, you’ll also find that throughout various GPS Sports Watch models and companies, such as Garmin or TomTom, that they provide music-play, Bluetooth technology, GPS maps tracking, progress, calorie counting, and more. But, where do you start?
Well, first, it’s important you determine what exactly you’re looking for out of your GPS Sports Watch, and how often you intend to use it. These first two primary variables should also contribute to a more meaningful estimate as to how much your budget is, or you’re looking to spend on one. Also, consider your previous experience with sports watches, GPS watches, and technology. Whether or not this is your first GPS Sports Watch can definitely effect whether or not it will be worth the investment. In fact, plenty of people that invest in a GPS Watch finds out sooner than later that it wasn’t actually necessary. In a lot of cases, a Heart Rate Monitor Watch, or one that can be synchronized with your phone in using GPS technology can be substantially cheaper – and more practical.
For anyone set on investing in a GPS Sports Watch, due diligence in research and time spent are a necessity. This will also help you better understand the different “tiers” of a GPS Sports Watch, and why one can cost anywhere from $100 to $500 or more.
Ultimately, it will undoubtedly come down to your use, needs, and also the types of sports and activities you intend on participating in. Additionally, it’s worth considering the major differences between say a running watch GPS sports watch, versus a Smart Watch. That is, as the ladder is, of course, designed more for entertainment, media, and social media – while a GPS Sports Watch says more focused on your actual health and physical activities. Though make no mistake, even in consideration of the cost of a GPS Sports Watch, you can easily find yourself paying an additional $75-$150 should you opt for a Bluetooth headset, and of course heart rate strap should it not be included with the purchase price.
Also, definitely consider the value of battery life, expectancy, and what you’re willing to part with in terms of features, quality, or cost when determining the best GPS Sports Watch for you. If you are going to use your sports watch in extreme climates or weather, or perhaps even underwater, then that this too is something you’ll have to take into consideration before buying.
Ultimately, if in doubt, try to stick to a brand-name that you are familiar with, and which has a positive reputation. When shopping around, prioritize GPS Sports Watches based on warranty coverage, customer service reputation, and overall build – which can be the difference between hard-plastic, a sapphire or gorilla glass screen, and the reputation of materials used on previous – similar – products. Also, keep an eye out for differences in included sensor technology such as; an Optical Heart Rate Monitor (PPG) (which no is strap needed), Accelerometer, Compass, Motion sensor technology, and a Gyroscope.

How Hobby Drones Are Evolving

The technology and use of drones have been around for decades, but, were primarily only trusted for, developed, and sold to government entities or other private, scientific firms for use.
Understandably, a large reason behind this was because of the costs to build, as well as design, modify, and redistribute them. Most famously, UAV’s or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (also known as Drones) have been a very popular version and form of these technological innovations. And, ranging in size over the past five or so years offering more speed, precision, advanced technology, and even weapons for drones like those now used for government purposes, from military to border protection – and even wildlife patrol.
In many cases, law enforcement and government contracting agencies are using, or will start with the more “hobby-like” design drones for testing, modifications, and to ensure it’s not only something that the department can afford, but, that will actually be profitable for them. After all, the real drone they will eventually use is bound to be 50 or more times larger (and expensive) than the original, hobby drone used for testing, exploration, and training.
As consumers, fans, and new consumers alike have learned, the dimensions, weight, rotors, camera resolution or megapixels, media format, and remote control type largely determine what level user could or should be using it, as well as of course the price. Additionally, a lot of hobby drones now have and rely on live video feed options, WIFI, and automated flight features like ‘orbit’, ‘return to home’, and auto-landing – should the power unexpectedly fail for any reason.
Hobby drones then, as a concept, are not only evolving, but also continue to contribute to smaller business ideas and purposes to date, to anything from delivering fast food, to groceries, auto parts, or even recording local news and events as they’re happening. That is, as they are understandably able to respond much more quickly, not have to worry about traffic, or special area restrictions or obstacles which might otherwise impede on the quality of story being covered. And, as hobby drone technology continues to grow, along with open-source networks and markets for users contributing to one another’s capabilities among drones, both entrepreneurial and non-profits alike are able to successfully use them for new, more advanced and philanthropic purposes.
For example, distributing or transporting medicine and first aid, saving lives, performing search and rescue, or even investigating a crime. After all, what more of an unrestricted view could one possibly obtain of a crime-scene?
On top of all of these changes, of course, has also come the ability for the public to purchase a hobby drone on a budget, or for a fraction of the cost they were years ago. Now, with more sophisticated and capable drones, much like other popular gadgets such as smartphones, previous or “older” models are made much more affordable. In fact, some people are even using hobby drones to make art, sell property, and help farmers with their cattle! The skies are the limit – and we don’t mean that rhetorically.

Why New Tech Delivery Services like “Instacart” Succeed

People in general love convenience, no doubt, and this should not come as a surprise to any prospective customers, or businessman. In fact, people love convenience so much that the idea and concept of ‘delivery drones’ via Amazon is something that has, and will continue to evolve and take off with many companies sure to follow trend.
Just consider, the convenience, technology, and affordability involved with specialty, “app services” like Uber or Lyft, and the values of using these types of evolutionary companies and services to add support, accessibility, and mobility to people across the country.
Instacart, then, as a prime example demonstrates how business start-ups can coordinate with local businesses – many which would otherwise fail in the near future – to come up with new, innovative ways which it might deliver its services or products. And, of course, how it can do so while maximizing profits, and still manage to profit-share or issue commission to these types of tech or business start-ups. That is, not just their time and effort, but, in most cases likely saving the future of that current business or market dynamic – think: Borders, Barnes and Nobles Bookstores, Macy’s Clothing Outlet, Forman Mills, and the evolution of E-books, readers, and the interrelated modernized of Amazon services.
The business start-up Instacart just does this, delivering groceries at the click of a button for customers using the app to decide what foods or other supermarket items they need, where, and what time they want it. Then, in combination with the profit sharing involved for doing business with the supermarket itself, said startups like Instacart will also take in revenue by charging delivery fees – and taxes when applicable.
So you see, now we may begin the successful exploration of how a business start-up like Instacart might expand its design, to get involved with (bulk) deliveries to businesses, saving them time, money, and even delivering smaller orders, or critical supplies that would otherwise be exponentially more expensive or time-consuming.
To date, Instacart has already linked up with major retailers and grocery outlets around the country, like Costco, Wholefoods, and even Supervalu to deliver goods to its customers. And, as incredible as it might seem, this start-up is already worth over 3 billion dollars.
But, keep in mind, its businesses and technology like this that have been the demise of local superstores, grocery, and outlet stores like Save-A-Lot, Radio Shack, and others. That is, due to both the convenience and accessibility of the internet, getting better deals, and getting what you want, as fast as you want it.
So, what’s next? While Instacart recently reinstated it’s “tip” function, doubt remains as it does for many other service industries and businesses (such as fast-food chains) as to the future of needing humans to perform work duties, deliveries (drones), and other physical demands. For example, cashiers or stock-boys, and to what extent in the future such services could effectively, profitably, and solely be performed by robotic and mobile technology combined.
The future, perhaps a world market where you can have food personally delivered to your house at the click of a button, via a drone, and still get the same great deals and discounts you would have by walking to the local grocery store or having to travel a further distance.

Why the Apple Watch Failed Against the Pebble Watch

While the Apple Watch has no doubt been a magnificent, timeless piece for many both who enjoy jewelry, as well as “techies” who could shell out the cash, it’s likewise had its share of problems when it comes to sales and popularity.
With over 9 million Apple Watch unit sold to-date, but, with conflicting data and reports regarding actual sales to customers, doubt is cast onto its actual popularity. In fact, as of 2017 sales could have fallen as much as 70% in just two years. And, although Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to Reuters, major news outlets, and the public to defend the product, a lot of customers have continued returning their Apple Watches, or, simply went with another ‘smart watch’ device.
The Apple Watch, as beautiful as it is, sophisticated, and intuitive (such as its Siri functions), the battery power in both Series, even in light of the new added features and power-saving changes remains a serious area of complaint. None the less, a continued problem that the public and Apple fans alike might agree on is, understandably, the extraordinary pricing of just one of these units – easily topping $350 for just a base model.
Although, with the Apple Watch Series 2 unit the new, advanced GPS System, increased battery size, power, music playback, and heart-rate monitor together has brought both great advancements in technology and sales appeal – as well as battery altering functionality. And yet, with customers previously complaining of only getting approximately 12 hours or less total from the original Apple Watch, tests and customers have happily reported being able to reach up to 24 hours with “medium” use and keep going.
Ultimately, though, as sophisticated (and larger) as the Apple Watches are, the alternatively and comparably sophisticated, more affordable, and arguably original Pebble Smart Watch Series conquers all in terms of appeal and marketability. In fact, the new Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel have been reported to last users as much to up to a week of regular use, and with over 8 times more power, and for a fraction of the cost, it is less of a mystery why new customers and Apple users alike are abandoning ship and jumping onto “The Pebble Train.” And, while the Pebble Steel was arguably one of the most popular choices in the past, the new Pebble Time series offers a full (64) color “e-paper” screen, and although not “touch-screen”, does offer nearly identical Apps, program, and system abilities or functions.
Customers would describe the screen of the new Pebble Watch Time as ‘enjoyable’, ‘sufficient’, and even ‘retro.’ In fact, think of the old-school Giga pets if you can, and you’ll understand the differences, in contrast, adjustment, and any variance in vibrancy of colors. Although, in fairness, the Pebble Time watch screen also stays on non-stop, while the Apple Watch must be awakened in comparison – and falls tremendously short in terms of battery life.

The Complexities of Virtual Smartphones and Projection Technology

Much like some of the recent, more modern movies that involve the idea and flexibility of holographic technology, the appeal of projection systems to use our phones, tablets, and computers in unusual places is increasing dramatically. An example of this visual technology demand would be the growing popularity, as well as availability and technological innovations of 3D technology, simulators, gaming, and of course movie watching. And, as the technology improves, likewise will the prices likely become more affordable for the “average joe”, again, in turn strengthening the market and future development of such.
With fascinating, unique, and sophisticated operating systems like iOS, or more open-ware and ‘user friendly’ mobile operating systems like Android, the limits are truly endless when it comes to powered projection systems if they were to be applied in things like tablets, laptops, and of course mobile phones. However, as one might expect, the necessary IR (infrared) technology, sensors, lasers, and projection systems for such an idea can be quit costly as we’ve observed in the recent years. In fact, many “crowdfunding” and other fundraising campaigns have failed due to a lack of funds, or, simply underestimating the total costs associated with designing such a device. That is, one that could project your mobile devices or PC onto the wall, your body, or even one day in the air.
However, technologies and prospective products like the Cicret appear to have made substantial headway, and, are designed to allow users to actually project their cell-phone image or screen onto their forearm via a (projector) device hooked onto their wrist. This is a very fascinating, and exciting concept if and when it is effectively put into play, which could be as early as this year. And, best of all, a technology like this nearly guarantees to be waterproof – which means you could check your texts, emails, and even answer calls by simply touching your skin.
Being able to interact with your own body or skin – reminding us of how desirable virtual reality and 3D technology are – is a very high-demand product and idea, but, also a very costly one. So, again, this is a project and product that will likely take another (at least) consistent 3-6 years to make major developing headway. Perhaps, with an upcoming phone like the iPhone 8, or future iPhone and Android devices we’ll be able to see technology like this – with the ability to project your telephone screen (interactively) onto your body.
It is, however, important for both scientists and prospective customers alike to appreciate that this type of ‘motion sensing system’ will be in a “BETA” form at best, and will come with its shares of challenges in due time. Also, picture or visual distortion, as well as obvious body obstacles, hair, tattoos, and other modifications interfering with performance are large issues to be worked out both now and in the future.
Ultimately, and to be completely fair, as we saw with the Apple Watch, interactive technology directly placed on – or projected on – the body is very technical, requires a lot of power, money, and resources (see Apple Watch battery issues). Not to mention again, the cost, which can and will prevent a lot of prospective customers from enjoying these types of gadgets in the near future – at least at first.

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