TwoNav New in : We have great things in store for 2017 lots of changes and innovations. That’s why we’ve created “TwoNav New in”, a new blog section where you’ll be able to stay up to date on the latest developments involving our products.
This section will detail what we’re working on at all times. You’ll find information on future launches, new features, and advice for getting the most from every one of your outings..
Enjoy this new section intended exclusively for TwoNav followers, ñwhere you can interact, share opinions, ask questions and more. It’s basically an area where you can feel like you’re part of our family.
Interesting ANT+ technology has made a real splash on the market. More and more devices are featuring it, including some of our TwoNav devices, and practically all athletes hear about it at some point, with many even using it daily. But do you really know what it is and how it works? In this article we are going to clear up all your questions.
What is ANT+ technology?
ANT+ is a wireless communication system designed to render multiple devices interoperable, quickly and easily, while consuming very little power.
What advantages does its use in a GPS give?
The idea behind ANT+ is similar to that of a traditional Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct connection: they can transmit information between two devices without using cables, but there are some differences. While it has a small range and only allows for the transmission of a very limited amount of data, it boasts important advantages that makes it an ideal system for linking GPS devices to sensors like heart rate monitors, cadence meters, pacers, speedometers and potentiometers:
– SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION. Battery life is one of the factors of greatest concern to GPS users. The battery consumption levels made possible by ANT+ transmission technology are far lower than those of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth systems, fully optimizing battery life.
– MULTIPLE CONNECTIONS. ANT+ technology makes it possible to connect more than two devices. For example, a smartphone and a GPS device (obviously both equipped with ANT+ technology) can simultaneously receive information from the same heart rate monitor.
– ADEQUATE SCOPE OF TRANSMISSION AND CAPACITY. ANT+ technology’s range of transmission is just a few meters, but this is more than enough for connection to GPS sensors. The same is true of the volume of data that it is capable of transmitting, which although much less than with other technologies, is sufficient for it to work perfectly.
What TwoNav devices benefit from ANT+ technology?
TwoNav offers this technology on some of its devices. The “premium” model of the Anima, the Anima+, boasts ANT+, making it particularly appealing for cyclists who value having data on their pulse, cadence, speed and power. The Ultra also features ANT+ technology.
Do only GPS devices incorporate ANT+ technology?
No, it is not only GPS devices that have it. Some high-end smartphones also have ANT+, enabling them to connect to sensors for sports. At TwoNav we continue to work constantly on the expansion and improvement of this technology, and in a few weeks we will introduce two innovations designed for users of the TwoNav application for Android:
– The TwoNav application for Android can draw upon ANT+ technology in those smartphones that have it.
– The TwoNav application for Android – as well as the Ultra – can be connected to potentiometers via ANT+ technology.
For a few years now some smartphones have also featured BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) systems, similar to ANT+. We also allow connection to sensors via BLE and TwoNav for Android.
There are sensors with a dual communication system; that means they work with both ANT+ and BLE, and in this way able to communicate with devices that have one system or the other. Our heart rate monitors and cadence meters have this dual system.
Adventures when enjoyed with friends, are twice as good. And yet unfortunately we cannot always head out with others, in which case we love to share our tracks! There are currently dozens of platforms dedicated just for this purpose. There are also those whose main function is to allow users to store and organize all the data on their training sessions however they like. Whether we use the former, the latter or both format compatibility is always a concern.
TwoNav has its own file format: TRK , but it also boasts the big plus that one can also use BTRK, an extension referring to a unique and fantastic navigation format known as Roadbook. There is no easier and more intuitive system today to follow a track: it features a navigation system that runs all by itself with both visual and acoustic signs all along the way, so users barely have to pay attention to the GPS screen. It also allows you to include all kinds of additional information, like coordinates, photos, videos, descriptions, links and icons for the most significant sites on your routes.
Our TwoNav devices, in addition to TRK, also work with almost all the universal formats such as GPX, TCX, PLT and even KML and KMZ. Amongst all these the most widely used is GPX, a format compatible with many other services. Most sports management platforms where you can share tracks support this format.
If you are a regular user of this kind of platform you will probably be interested in the fact that our TwoNav devices records directly in the GPX format. It is possible and also very simple to set up your device so that it directly records in it. To do so you just go to the main menu on the TwoNav device and follows these steps:
>Settings (the gear icon in our main menu, shown in the pictures)
> Full Set-up
> File Format (Once here you will be able to choose the GPX format.)
However you may find yourself needing to share tracks that you had previously recorded in TRK. This is no problem because the format conversion can also be done later thanks to our Land software, and in a very simple way: just open the track in Land and, when you save it again choose the formatting option you want, in this case GPX. It´s that simple. The only thing to keep in mind is that this new format will not retain certain information, such as track color or width, although it will conserve the most relevant aspects: such as those recorded by the external sensors (heart rate monitor, cadence sensor, potentiometer), and obviously the path.
MORE PRIZES !
But that´s not all! Thanks to the success of the previous competition, we have decided to repeat and improve it. If you have not yet purchased your Anima or Anima+, get one this week and enter a draw for a pack worth 227€ and containing: an Ion Pro HD camera, a PODZ Wi-Fi device to instantly transfer shots, and a bracket to mount the camera on your bike or helmet.
We are giving away a complete pack every week until 23 December.The winners will be announced weekly in Facebook and Twitter, and by email the 31st of December with a complete list of all the winners.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!
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