This nifty gadget projects driving directions right onto your windshield for safer navigation. Plus: free 'Frozen' soundtrack!
When I first heard about the Garmin Head-Up Display a little over a year ago, I thought it sounded cool. Like, really cool. A gizmo that projects GPS driving directions right onto your windshield so you can keep your eyes on the road? Yes, please.
Ah, but a $150 price tag on the hardware and a required $50 navigation app? No, thank you.
Good news: Ending tomorrow, or when supplies run out, Groupon has the Garmin Head-Up Display for $67.49, shipped. That's after applying coupon code
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The HUD pairs with your smartphone, sits on your dashboard, and displays navigation data on a piece of transparent, reflective film you apply to your windshield. (You can also use an included reflector that clips to the device itself.) The idea, of course, is to help you reach your destination without having to look away from the road.
Cool, right? CNET's Antuan Goodwin thought so , awarding the HUD 3.5 stars and praising its simple setup and effective reduction of driver distraction. His big complaint: price.
With today's deal, though, you're effectively getting the gizmo for one-third the original cost. That's in part because Garmin now offers a free navigation app: Garmin HUD, available for Android and iOS. (The unit is also compatible with Navigon apps if you happen to favor those. Alas, no love for Apple Maps or Google Maps, a definite bummer.)
If you routinely rely on GPS to navigate you from point A to point B, this would be a mighty nice accessory to keep in the car. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous, so I'm in favor of anything that helps you keep your eyes on the road. Especially if I'm the guy coming in the other direction.
Bonus deal: Game time! Google Play is running a huge sale on premium Android games, including Leo's Fortune for 99 cents, Hitman GO for 99 cents, Disney's Castle of Illusion for 79 cents, Machinarium for 99 cents and Rayman Jungle Run for 10 cents.
Bonus deal No. 2: Speaking of Google Play, apparently it wasn't enough to give away the "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack earlier this year. Now Google Play is offering "Frozen: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" absolutely free. That's just crazy-awesome, though I'm guessing every parent on the planet already got it for their kids. If not, well, you were wise to wait!
Bonus deal No. 3: Speaking of parents, Amazon is running a huge sale on children's e-books for Kindle: 25 titles for $1 each. There are selections for three age groups: 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and 9 to 12. For younger kids in particular, nothing beats a Kindle stocked with a bunch of books -- especially when you need to pass some time in the car, wait for a table in a restaurant, and so on.