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Magellan RoadMate 5175T-LM with Wi-Fi

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2011

Better get yourself a dedicated GPS before they no longer exist. Since you can find them built into smartphones and other devices, we may not see them for much longer. And if you happen to want one, check out the Magellan RoadMate 5175T-LM.

It features Wi-Fi connectivity so you can download maps and updates when you are within a wireless hotspot. It sports a large 5″ high resolution touchscreen display as well as many unique applications that help you do things like find your local favorite places and more.

TomTom Go Live 800 GPS Navigator Series

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2011

TomTom is set to release the Go Live 800 GPS navigator series in Europe. Your choice between the Go Live 820 and Go Live 825. The former has a 4.3-inch display screen, while the latter boasts a larger 5-inch display screen.

Both models feature Bluetooth connectivity and voice command recognition. The TomTom Go Live 825 will cost £230 (or $374). The TomTom Go Live 820 hasn’t been announced yet so we don’t have a price. Both GPS navigation devices will be launched in September of 2011.

Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM 7-inch Navigation System

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2011

Most of us have GPS on our phones, but if you still need a navigation device by itself, you may want to check out the Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM GPS navigation system, designed for Minivans, SUVs, RVs and trucks. It features a large 7-inch high-definition WVGA screen that displays maps, directions, and traffic to guide you on your way.

Other features include Bluetooth to pair up with mobile devices and built-in AAA TourBook guides for US and Canada, which will give you ratings and descriptions on AAA-approved places to stay, dine, and more. The RoadMate 9055-LM is $299.99.

Sanyo and NTT DoCoMo release the Gorilla Plus PND

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

The Gorilla Plus is the latest portable navigator from Sanyo and NTT DoCoMo. It features a 5-inch LED backlight touchscreen display with 8GB of internal memory, real-time traffic information and the latest Map update.

It will also deliver more information ranging from accommodations to restaurant recommendations but that will cost you 315 Yen (or $3) to get access. The Gorilla Plus also lets you upload Point Of Interest (POI) and other useful information from your PC to your PND using an SD card.

TomTom Go Live 1000 series navigation units

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2010

Soon you will be able to get TomTom’s Go Live 1000 navigation unit. If you’re in Europe, anyway. The company has announced that the 4.3-inch GPS will be available this month, and will soon be followed by the Go Live 1005 in October, which has a larger 5-inch screen.

Both screens are capacitive, with TomTom’s “Fluid Touch”. There’s also a new magnetic windshield mount that lets you easily remove the device when you leave the car. You’ll also get a year of free “HD Traffic” information with each, along with TomTom Weather, IQ Routes, and Local Search with Google.

Garmin Edge 800 for cyclists

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

GPS navigation systems aren’t just for drivers anymore. The Garmin Edge 800 is for cyclists who need accurate information in the simplest way possible. It merges the most popular aspects of the Edge 500 and Edge 705 along with an updated intuitive touchscreen interface.

New mapping options include Garmin’s BaseCamp route planning and BirdsEye Satellite Imagery and the Edge 800 is smart enough to track all performance data, so you can view it over a 2.6” display while keeping track of speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent.

Becker Traffic Assist Z215 GPS navigation system for Europe

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2010

If you haven’t yet picked up a dedicated GPS navigation system and live in Europe, then you might want to check out the Becker Traffic Assist Z215 GPS navigation system. It’s listed on Amazon for €267, although only on the German site with no confirmation on whether the Z215 will make its way to the US.

If it ever does, you can take advantage of its eco route software for the most fuel efficient route, letting you enter commands using speech. Aside from that, there’s also free lifetime traffic information, Navteq’s traffic patterns solution, a 3D navigation display with lane guidance and even buildings.

DTN-X750 PND from TryWin Japan

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

Trywin of Japan has unveiled the new DTN-X750 portable navigation device which will retail for about €325 should you need to find your way around the country. It features a 5″ LCD touchscreen display at 800 x 480 resolution, 4GB of internal memory, a 1Seg TV tuner so you can watch TV shows, a 1W monoaural speaker and is compatibility with a bunch of audio and video files.

The internal memory can be expanded with a microSDHC memory card. As for battery life, you can only expect 1.5 hours so make your journey a short one.

Mio S400 GPS navigation system

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2010

Mio has introduced their S400 GPS navigation system in Korea. The Mio S400 isn’t powered by anything fancy like Android, instead it’s powered by the Windows CE operating system, along with the SiRFStar III GPS chipset.

Some other features include a large 4.3″ touchscreen display and up to 16GB of external memory thanks to a built-in memory card slot. You can get the 2GB version of the Mio S400 for about $100. Still unsure? Well, it did win China’s ‘If’ design award.

Sony NV-U35 GPS for your bike

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on February 26th, 2010

Sony Japan has announced the NV-U35 GPS for bike owners. This portable GPS is weather proof, so it’s perfect to put on your handlebars and take with you while hiking or bike racing or whatever you do on two wheels.

Some specs include GPS with support for 3D view, 3.5 inch QVGA scratch resistant screen, 8GB of onboard memory, and support for popular video, audio and image formats. The NV-U35 will be available in April in Japan for 37,000 Yen (or about $ 400).

Garmin Nuvi 1245 City Chic

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

Apparently Garmin wants to play cupid to European lovers this Valentine’s Day with the just released Garmin Nuvi 1245 City Chic. And yes, that is an actual red Garmin device. Not the usual gray/black. It also comes with a red leather case, which will help it match ladies’ bags etc.

Despite the obvious over-the-top female design, (just look at that heart) it does have some useful features. You have your usual navigation options, plus a pedestrian navigation option. Although it will cost you about $10 per city for the cityXplorer maps.

Motorola TN700, TN500 GPS navigators with Google search

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2010

Motorola has announced two new GPS navigation devices, the TN700 and TN500. They are both “connected” devices, however you’ll need to hook them up to a Bluetooth-enabled cellphone if you want to transfer data. The technology comes from Airbiquity and the Google Search capability augments the internal POI database.

The TN500 has a 4.3″ widescreen display with lane guidance, junction views and spoken street names, while the TN700 has a larger 5.1″ cinematic display along with other features found on the TN500, but adds real-time traffic with an optional dash cradle.

GPS lingerie could help geeks find women, but what then?

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2010

GPS lingerie brings with it a whole bunch of ethical issues. You could potentially locate a cheating wife, or use it in an escort service situation where a pimp can keep tabs on his/her girls, or even play weird GPS sex games if that’s your deal.

For better or worse, Lindelucy of Brazil has outted GPS lingerie that lets you keep track of where the wearer is at all times. Not what they are doing sadly for voyeurs. We shouldn’t worry about the ethical issues that much. The lingerie will be taken off in a matter of minutes.

Bracketron launches Nav-Mat II

Posted in GPS by Shane McGlaun on December 8th, 2009

navmat2-sgI like my GPS device when I am going on long trips, but I am not a big fan of the windshield mounting. My car has a deep dash and steep windshield, which means the GPS is a long way from me. The suction cup won’t stick to my dash though.

Bracketron has announced a new GPS accessory called the Nav-Mat II that is designed to sit on your dash and hold you GPS device. The mat is flexible and uses something called TemporBond to stay in place.

FedEX SenseAware keeps an eye on your package

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2009

FedEX SenseAware keeps an eye on your packageYour package is important. You must always protect your package. It hurts when your package is abused and kicked, which can result in you falling to your knees sobbing… I’m talking about your package, not the family jewels. Get your mind out of the gutter.

Never worry about your package again, with FedEX’s SenseAware. It will give you much more useful info regarding your package, than the traditional tracking number does. The device uses an accelerometer, light sensor, cellular transmitter and a GPS receiver to gather and report data on how your package is being treated…Or mistreated. It even knows whether it was opened in the desired location. You can log on to the website and check out the info any time.