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GPS Navigation, Bluetooth and Video Streaming in Your Ski Goggles

You know those futuristic-type movies where people don headsets and information is delivered directly to them – kind of like Arnie in the Terminator movies or the predators in the Predator movies? Well, the future is here. Canadian-based technology company Recon Instruments Inc. has developed a set of GPS ski goggles that deliver real-time navigation information, such as speed, distance, altitude and, of course, location. Information is viewed on a micro LCD display in a module that can be snapped into goggles and helmets.

According to articles on theglobeandmail.com and theskichannel.com, the GPS module will include:

• Integrated maps and buddy tracking, so you’ll always know where your friends and family are on the slopes.
• Bluetooth smartphone and video integration, so you can access your music, receive calls and text messages and use the goggles as a viewfinder for the camera.
• Capabilities to stream videos among friends and view each other’s perspectives on the mountain.
• The ability to share information such as statistics, maps and trails via Recon’s online social network.

To achieve all this, the goggles, called Transcend, will use Google’s Android OS. Android will also allow developers to create apps for Transcend, which means that skiing could soon be secondary to all the distractions available on the slopes.

GPS systems have also come in handy for families on skiing holidays. Many parents worry about hitting the slopes while leaving their kids to fend for themselves in ski classes. The worry is that once the kids are let loose on the mountain side they could become lost or injure themselves and no one will know where they are.

As a result, ski resorts around the world have bought into flaik (pronounced flake), a GPS tracking system designed specifically for ski instructors and their students. A flaik, which the size of a pack of cards, is strapped to a student’s leg and acts as a beacon, letting the instructor know where the student is at all times. Should students wander out of bounds, the instructor is alerted and students are summoned or brought back.

The systems are programmable so instructors can set predetermined limits based on the competency level of the class. One of the added advantages of flaik is that it records information, so students can log onto the website and see how they did and measure their progress.

Give The Gift Of Movies

Coming up with ideas for the perfect gift can often be a challenging task.

Even when you know someone well, you still may not know what to give on that special occasion like birthdays, Christmas, etc. Well, search no further.

The answer to your gift-giving dilemma is DVDs. Everyone, young and old, loves to relax in front of the television with a good movie. Give the gift that is perfect for all ages; give the gift of a DVD movie.

One of the great action movies the mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Centuries ago, the evil Emperor Han Jet Li was cursed by the sorceress Zi Yuan Michelle Yeoh who transformed him and his army into mummies. In 1946, the explorer Rick O’Connell Brendon Fraser and his wife Evelyn O’Connell Maria Bello are invited by the British government to take a relic, the blue diamond “The Eye of Shangri-La” to China. The ancient stone is capable of resurrecting the Emperor Han and of pointing the way to Shangri-La and the eternal pool of life.

If you are looking for a little less adventure and a little more comedy, then perhaps you will enjoy Something About Mary. Ted Ben Stiller was a geek in high school, who was going to the prom with one of the most popular girls in school, Mary Cameron Diaz. The prom date never happened, because Ted had a very unusual accident. Thirteen years later he realizes he is still in love with Mary, so he hires a private investigator Matt Dillon to track her down. That investigator discovers he too may be in love with Mary, so he gives Ted some false information to keep him away from her. But soon Ted finds himself back into Mary’s life, as we watch one funny scene after another.

If you are interested in a serious drama that will keep you glued to your seat from the very beginning, then Gran Torino, directed by and starring the great Clint Eastwood. In this captivating film, Walt Kowalski, having recently lost his wife, deals with his grief by developing a bond with his non-American neighbors. Eastwood gives a stellar performance as a disgruntled Korean War veteran taking his aggressions out on the local riffraff.

Going to the theater is not what it used to be. By the time you pay for the higher priced tickets, you hardly have enough money left over to pay for the overpriced drinks and snacks.

Then, to top it all off the screen may flicker, the sound may be off and the child sitting behind you keeps kicking the back of your seat and the man sitting directly in front has gotten up three times disrupting your ability to focus and concentrate on the movie.

When you give the gift of a DVD, you are giving the gift of a peaceful time with family and friends, enjoying cinema in the comfort of their own home.

If you would prefer to watch DVD quality movies from the Internet, there are websites that offer a vast collection of movies, where you can choose from hundreds of great titles that you, your friends, family members and everyone else you know will love. These websites provides you with the opportunity to watch movies over the Internet immediately with a yearly participation.

This year, give the gift of entertainment, give the gift of movies.

Light, Camera & Click It – Watch Movies Online

Watching movies on your personal laptop or home theatres can be a breathtaking experience (no pirated versions). The whole ambience of the theatre can be brought into your sitting room by accessing various online movie portals. Yes, that’s true indeed! Sitting on your couch and gobbling home baked popcorn you can now have a jaw-dropping movie experience on online movie portals. These are the platforms where apart from a complete movie watching experience, you get some bonus features as well. Watch latest movie trailers online, star interviews, current box office churners, and even book online DVD stores and access show timings of any ongoing films on these portals…everything in one.

Online movie portals are easy to access and offer viewers with a bouquet of movie experience against a minimum payment. The easy to access portals offers with fast streaming, HD quality prints and instant online booking for any DVD while the trailers, the teasers and clips are absolutely free. Therefore, when someone log-on to these movie portals, he/she will surely be mesmerized with the top-notch quality of the prints and sound quality and watch movies online.

Earlier, the movie watching experience involves either going to the nearby theatre, standing at the queue or renting VHS or a DVD at home, that’s the only option we use to have! However, evolution of internet, introduction of YouTube and other online video technologies has enabled webmasters to open new avenues for movie lovers. Now with such online movie portals, you not only watch movies online but you can also get to experience other movie related events as well. All you have to do is to click on any online movie sites and watch latest movie trailers online and if you like them you can get the to see the whole film against a small payment. The good news is that, the cost that will be bored by you will be much cheaper than the cost of any theatre tickets, popcorn and snacks. The sites not only offer the latest flicks but you can get to watch the yesteryear’s masterpieces and recent blockbusters as well. Moreover with wide range of categories you can decide the movie of your evening as per your mood. You can choose from action, comedy, romance, war, documentary, animation, Sci-Fi, crime…the list is long, so what do you want to watch tonight?

Considering the business factors, the online movie portals have only been possible because of the digital technology. This form of new technology has opened up indefinite scopes which not only churn good profits for the business but also saves good amount of time and money for the viewers as well.

One of the primary benefits of watching the online movies is that there is no hassle of downloading a movie. Therefore, you don’t have to be worried about any virus, worms or malware functions. A movie buff can browse through the long list and choose by the movie titles or can watch latest movie trailers online.

So bake some fresh corns, stir some coffee and watch movies online, as it’s no way less than a dark theatre experience!