Garmin Unveils The “Quatix 3” Luxury Watch

The humble watch is seen as somewhat old-fashioned compared to the digital life that nearly all consumers live these days, tech companies on the other hand, have been looking to integrate various digital features within so-called smart watches with the aim of marketing the product for the 21st century. Global GPS brand Garmin who are synonymous with Sat Navs have unveiled a new watch by the name of the Quatix 3.

Below is a quick rundown of the announced specifications.

  • Physical dimensions – 2.0” x 2.0” x 0.6” (51.5 x 51.5 x 16.0 mm)
  • Display Size – 1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution – WxH – 218 x 218 pixels; transflective MIP colour; sapphire lens
  • Weight – 3.0 oz (85 g)
  • Battery life – Up to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode; up to 20 hours in GPS training mode; up to 6 weeks in watch mode

The watch also comes equipped with a “protective stainless steel EXO bezel and buttons”.

If you happen to be a fisherman or an avid race boat enthusiast, the Quatix 3 has you covered, below is a quick summary of these targeted features.

  • Saltwater fishermen – Will have features available to them that include navigational as well as NMEA 2000 data including depth, speed, water temperature etc.
  • Sailors – Will have the option to receive data that includes a virtual starting line feature that lets you set up a starting line between 2 marked GPS waypoints, e.g., a buoy and the committee boat
  • The watch also contains an Altimeter, Barometer and Compass.

The watch is expected to be released within the first quarter of April 2016, prices are expected to be $599.99 (£420.54).

It will be interesting to see if this watch has a great appeal within the general consumer market when you consider many of the features are targeted at a specific audience. Garmin will hope this watch will be able to hold its own, it makes sense for Garmin to implement its knowledge within a new smartwatch.

Mass Transit Directions Now On Google Glass

While I personally wouldn’t feel all too comfortable wearing my cutting edge face computer while sitting on a bus or train, at least if I did, I wouldn’t be in much trouble of getting lost.

Google Glass owners are no stranger to navigation software, with walking directions and sat nav features that are commonplace on Google Android devices, but now you lucky Glass users can also expect to find mass transit directions, perfect for those who need to know which stop to get on and off at, or how many minutes away their destination is.

It’s not the biggest update we could hope for to Google Glass but it is one of the more practical ones and it certainly plays on the strengths of the hardware.

What features would you like to see come to Google Glass? Let us know in the comments section below.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

Google Maps returns on the iPhone

After being criticized and later removed the Google Maps app that Apple once removed has now been restored on the iPhone.

The new maps from Google for iOS users will have an easy-to-use interface & the functionality and reliability that Google maps has and what Apple maps app don’t. Thanks to Vector-based images, there will be faster loading times and smoother tilting and rotation in 2D and 3D Views.

Google seems to be happy about this re-implementation by Apple that they mentioned it on twitter to celebrate the moment.

It was not too long ago the Australian police issued warnings about using Apple maps and their “fix” for Australian users. Since Apple was heavily criticized, they had no choice other than to revert back to Google Maps.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac | VR-Zone