ST DIGITAL'S GUIDE TO SITEX 2015

Car tech

Asus Reco Smart
Asus Reco SmartPHOTOS: ASUS, GARMIN, MARBELLA, TOMTOM

1 Asus Reco Smart

$329, freebies include 16GB SD card and Asus Webstorage 500GB for one year

Booth 5H01

Debuting at Sitex 2015, the Asus Reco Smart is a dashboard and portable camera.

It uses a Sony image sensor capable of recording full high-definition video at 30 frames per second and a wide-angle (150 degree) lens with a big f/1.8 aperture.

It has built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communications, so it can be paired with your smartphone and used like a portable camera.

A microSD/SDXC card slot will support a microSD card of up to 64GB memory.


2 Garmin nuviCam

$499

Booth 6B25

This is one in-car GPS navigator you will want to have.

The Garmin nuviCam features a 6-inch touchscreen display with a built-in dashboard camera that continuously records your drive.

In case of a collision, the nuviCam's Incident Detection G-Sensor automatically saves the recorded video files on impact, and its GPS records exactly where and when the incident happened.

You can even take the nuviCam off its mount and use it outside the car to shoot still images.

It has drive awareness features such as Forward Collision Warning to alert you if your car is too close to the vehicle in front.


3 Marbella Geomate 500S

$199 (usual price $299), free VR3 HD720P Roadcorder worth $139

Booths 6C31 & 6G07

This GPS navigator is powered by an SiRF Atlas VI 800MHz processor, has 256MB of system memory and 4GB of internal memory.

It comes pre-loaded with five maps (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Thailand) and voice-overs to guide a driver with clear turn-by-turn voice directions.

Its 5-inch touchscreen displays buildings and landmarks in 3-D, to keep you on the correct path. In addition, it is an FM transmitter and multimedia player. When paired with your smartphone, it supports Bluetooth hands-free calling.


4 Marbella LX5 HD

Dual-Cam Recorder

$259 (usual price $329); freebies include 32GB microSD card (worth $39.90), smartphone holder (worth $29), Travel lock (worth $19.90), In-car Splitter (worth $32), Universal Travel Charger (worth $39) and HDMI cable (worth $39)

Booths 6C31 & 6G07

If you want to record what is going on behind your car as well as in front, get the new Marbella LX5.

It consists of a 3-megapixel front camera with a 140-degree wide-angle lens, and a 1-megapixel rear camera with a 120-degree wide lens.

The front camera, which comes with a 2.7-inch display, can record full high-definition videos in day and night conditions, while the rear camera records 720p videos.

Using a three-axis impact gravity sensor, upon impact, the front camera will automatically record and save up to 60 seconds of incident footage.

And it will do this even if the power has been cut.

A fully charged 500mAh battery can record up to 25 such incidents.


5 TomTom Go 510

$279 (usual price $349)

Booth 5H09

Not many GPS navigators are as user friendly as TomTom's Go 510. You can control it with your voice and tell it where you want to go.

You can also receive real-time traffic information via your smartphone for the lifetime of Go 510.

It comes with a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display and lifetime updates of maps around the world.

Its Advanced Lane Guidance system shows you the correct lane to choose at junctions. It also tells you where the speed cameras are.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2015, with the headline 'Car tech'. Print Edition | Subscribe