Garmin for Golf
With all the cheap and even free GPS apps available for
phones and tablets, we might
imagine that companies like
( www.garmin.com) would be
having a hard time. However, they
have adapted to changing times
with a variety of specialty products
such as GPS wristwatches, a
satellite communicator with GPS,
and sports and fitness items such
as the Approach S10 for golfers.
This unit comes loaded with
maps for more than 41,000
courses worldwide. It has a 1.3
inch, high-res, sunlight readable
screen that provides a clear and
crisp display even in direct
Based on GPS location, the
Approach S10 will automatically
select the course and provide
distances to the front, back, and
middle of the green for each hole.
It also displays distances to
hazards, doglegs, and layups.
As the game progresses, the
watch automatically transitions to
the next hole, and players can
enter in their score on the watch.
After every game, the Approach
S10 shows the total distance
traveled, the total time played, and
the score for that round. It’s okay
to swim, shower, or stumble into a
water hazard while wearing it, as it
is rated to five atmospheres.
Battery life is rated at up to 12
hours. You can buy one online for
about $130. ▲ ■ Garmin’s S10 GPS for golfers.
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A Blast of Sound
Back in the good ol’ days, an audio mixer was a huge console with many knobs, sliders, meters, and so n. It would usually be hooked up to a PA system or 10.5 inch multi-track tape recorder. These days,
however, your desktop computer, tablet, or phone can perform the same and many other functions, so
maybe you can replace the old-style mixing board with something like the Sound Blaster K3+ from
Creative Labs ( www.creative.com).
The K3+ is an external sound mixer
module with hardware processing including
nine reverb effects, autotune (in case you’re
a really awful singer), and voice morphing
effects. It has multiple input types, supports
48V phantom-powered condenser mikes,
and offers individual I/O gain control. With
no necessary driver installation, it connects
to PCs and Macs via a simple USB cable
and can also be connected using a four-pole
3. 5 mm jack. A built-in processor offers 24-
bit 48 kHz recording and 24-bit 98 kHz
Also included are six sound effects that
can be triggered at any time, including VIP
entrance, cheers, baby laughter, audience
laughter, gunshots, and crow caws. (No, I
don’t know why.) They are available at
Amazon, Newegg, and Fry’s for $129.99. ▲
CIRCUITS and DEVICES
■ The Sound Blaster K3+.
10 July/August 2018