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IFA 2019: Guidewatch launches first GPS 3.0 watch

At IFA today, start-up onTracks is introducing a smartwatch GPS innovation: the ability to go anywhere in the world and navigate without having to stop to look at a smartphone.

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The device, consisting of two watches, uses a vibration system that allows users to move by telling them whether to turn right or left. Once the route is programmed into the onTracks application, users no longer need their smartphones. A vibration on the user’s right or left wrist will indicate which direction they need to take. The system operates using a Bluetooth connection between the GuideWatches and the user’s smartphone.

First designed to allow runners, hikers, and cyclists to follow their route without having to stop, Philippe Leca, founder of onTracks, quickly realised that the GuideWatches could also improve the experiences of motorcyclists and tourists as well. For the sportsman, the motorcyclist or the traveler, onTracks adapts to various profiles .

OnTracks has developed three products that are being presented at IFA this week: 

  • The Active package for athletes, 
  • The Mobile package for motorcyclists, and 
  • The Nomad package for tourists. 

The GuideWatches of the Active package are available with a classic wristband as well as a sports wristband that helps for a better fit. They are equipped with a sensor that monitors the user’s physical activity live: heart rate, speed, and distance traveled.

They also have an SOS function which is particularly useful for indicating a user’s position in the event of running or cycling in an isolated area. The Mobile package has been designed to offer maximum safety to users when traveling by bike or motorcycle. The GuideWatches allow users to navigate without having to take their eyes from the road to look at a GPS. Accessories for the integration of the watches with motorcycle gloves and bike gloves will also be offered in addition to the package. 

The Nomad package allows users to discover new cities, regions or monuments without having an itinerary. The user has access to thousands of routes offered by the onTracks community and can also decide to create their own routes within the application itself. The GuideWatches will also indicate tourist spots and points of interest along the chosen route.

The three packages are already available for pre-orders online at the ontracks.co site and the first deliveries are scheduled for the end of September. The products are priced as follows (including VAT): 219€ for the Active package, 199€ for the Mobile package and 179€ for the Nomad package.

GuideWatches will be available to experience at the onTracks stand in Hall 26, Stand 380, at IFA Berlin from 6 to 11 September.

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New Acer TravelMate convertible coming

The Acer TravelMate Spin B3, which features a flip-over screen and an 11.6″ screen, will launch in April.

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Acer has announced a convertible TravelMate Spin B3 device, intended for the education market. The 11.6-inch notebook comes with enhanced performance and has a sturdy design to protect it from knocks.

The TravelMate Spin B3 features the latest Intel Pentium and Celeron processors, intended to give students the power they need for classroom work. The laptop also complies with the MIL-STD 810G military standard, meaning that it’s strong enough to survive bumps and accidental spills. A pressure-resistant top cover, shock-absorbent rubber bumper and reinforced corners all add to the durability of the device. The notebook can also get students through the school day (up to 12 hours of battery life) on a single charge.

The TravelMate Spin B3 adapts to the demands of a school day via four usage modes: students can write essays in clamshell mode, watch videos or lectures in display mode, make space on a desk in tent mode when they need to work by hand, and make use of tablet mode when they need to write by hand in maths or art class, for example. An optional world-facing camera above the keyboard allows students to capture photos and videos in tablet mode. It includes Wacom AES technology to provide a natural writing experience, and comes with a dockable stylus.

There is an optional battery indicator light on the front cover which enables teachers to see which students’ laptops are low on battery. The devices have anchored keys that are difficult to remove and an easy-fix keyboard, making it convenient for the school’s IT technician to repair.

The laptop comes with: Ethernet, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI port and on select models, a fully-functional USB Type-C port that allows for charging, 5GB/s data transfer and connection to external displays.
The TravelMate Spin B3 will be available in April, starting at R4000.

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Samsung to release Galaxy Note10 Lite in SA

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite, unveiled at CES 2020 two weeks ago, will be released in South Africa next month.

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Samsung has unveiled the new Galaxy Note10 Lite at a preview event in Johannesburg. Building on the legacy of the Galaxy Note series, this Lite model brings key premium features like the latest camera technology, signature S Pen, immersive display and a long-lasting battery, at a more accessible price point. The Galaxy Note Lite is positioned between the Galaxy A Series and Samsung’s flagship devices. It will be launched in South Africa in February, with a recommended retail price of R12,999.

What’s different from the Note10?

The Note10 Lite drops support for wireless charging, waterproofing, and a curved screen. Other than that, it’s a very capable device at a far lower price

“The Galaxy Note devices have met consumer demands around the world and has proven to be popular in South Africa,” said Justin Hume, director of integrated mobility at Samsung South Africa. “These devices represent our continuous effort to deliver industry leading innovations, from performance and power to intelligence and services. The Galaxy Note10 Lite will make the experience more accessible to South Africans.”

To read the full breakdown of device specifications, click here.

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