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Pharos Introduces GPS Smartphone

Posted in GPS,Mobile Phones,Pharos,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on January 3rd, 2007

Pharos GPS PhoneThis time Pharos took the horse by reigns and introduced a new GPS Smartphone by adding mobile phone capabilities to a GPS gadget, instead of embedding a GPS receiver and navigation software into some other mobile phone.

This Smartphone is definitely not light on the features (or the price for that matter). In this relatively small package comes not just a SiRFStarIII GPS receiver, but also all the big acronyms in mobile communications, including quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WiFi, Bluetooth and even FM radio. The smart device also houses a 2 megapixel camera and of course the Pharos Ostia navigation software.

The Ostia software runs on the Microsoft Mobile Pocket PC 5.0 platform along with the mobile office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel, IE and Windows Media Player 10. Also, the SIM slot on this gadget isn’t locked so users can add an existing SIM card or …

i-Blue757 Solar Powered GPS Receiver

Posted in Bluetooth,GPS,Solar Powered by Darrin Olson on December 29th, 2006

i-Blue757 Solar Powered Bluetooth GPS ReceiverTransystems have come out with another small GPS receiver to take with on your travels, but this one can gather it’s power from the sun. The iBlue757 GPS receiver has a built-in rechargeable battery that supplies up to 26 hours of up time on a 3 hour charge, but it also has an added solar panel to add countless hours of operation to this device.

It transfers data wirelessly via Bluetooth, so you will need a Bluetooth enabled smartphone or PDA with your mapping software to send this information to. The site also says it’s compatible with TomTom Mobile Navigation software.

The whole GPS receiver with battery and solar panel included only weighs 105 grams, and allows you to have a nice compact receiver that won’t run out of juice. Now you just have to make sure that your device running your …

Axion GE-632 Portable Navigation System

Posted in Axion,GPS by Paul Patterson on December 23rd, 2006

Axion Geo-632This is the Axion Geo-632, the first personal navigation unit from the California-based manufacturer and distributor of consumer electronics. The Geo-632 is the first device in a new family of navigation products from Axion.

Measuring 3.56″ x 2.95″ x 0.95″, the Geo-632 has a 3.5 touch panel TFT LCD screen that allows you to view road data in 2D, 3D or pan viewing modes. The device gives you logical visual and auditory clues to help you easily navigate each turn in your journey.

Comprehensive map data is pre-loaded, including a searchable points-of-interest database with over a million listings such as restaurants, hotels, gas stations, banks and other high interest destinations.

As with most GPS devices, the Geo-632 will automatically re-route your trip if you hit a detour or miss a crucial turn. You can route travel by …

HP iPAQ rx5900 Travel Companion

Posted in GPS,HP,PDAs by Quagmire on December 22nd, 2006

HP iPAQ rx5900The HP iPAQ rx5900 Travel Companion will help you navigate, stay connected, stay informed, and always be entertained wherever your travels may take you. Thin and light, this iPAQ is truly small enough to take with you wherever you travel.

The Travel Companion is a complete GPS navigation system that includes a car kit and TomTom Navigator 6 pre-installed. The navigation software has complete maps of United States and Canada. More than just a GPS, the device will also give you the current time and weather for cities worldwide, convert currency, size and measurement, customize your packing list, and more.

The rx5900 is a Windows Mobile 5.0 handheld and includes pocket versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You can also synchronize your Outlook calendar, contacts, and email.

Connectivity options include integrated 802.11b/g wireless LAN and Bluetooth wireless technologies. You can access the Internet, email and other …

GPS ‘Guide Dog’ For Real?

Posted in GPS by Darrin Olson on December 9th, 2006

Guide Dog GPS NavigationThis slim gadget called Guide Dog from Power Digital Card is a GPS navigation device that packs a lot of functionality into a slim and sexy design.

The GPS gadget is expected to be on display at the CES 2007 in Las Vegas and boasts enough functionality to the point where we are questioning it’s validity. It is stated that the Guide Dog has 4 inch TFT LCD color touch screen, built in GPS antenna, and 3D gaming. On top of that, it has some internet access to allow web browsing, email and components of MS Office along with functioning as an IP Phone and of course containing GPS navigation software.

External accessories would allow it to receive DVB-T (a compressed video and audio stream used in Europe), Bluetooth, GPRS, UART, and handsfree functionality. The exact dimensions are not listed for the Guide …

Cingular Releases GPS Navigation System with 3D Maps in U.S.

Posted in GPS,Mobile Phones,News by Paul Patterson on November 21st, 2006

Cingular-TelenavCingular Wireless has become the first wireless carrier in the U.S. to offer a wireless navigation system with 3D maps. The new system will be featured on the Nokia E62 device and utilizes an enhanced version of TeleNav GPS Navigator.

The TeleNav GPS Navigator system will give customers 3D moving maps on the Nokia E62′s large, high-resolution screen. The system works much like an in-car navigation system; you received turn-by-turn directions while driving and the 3D maps turn, move and stop as the driver does the same, while also displaying images of the streets the driver is approaching. Users can also pan and zoom the map to view nearby streets.

Customers will also be able to take advantage of many robust search features provided with TeleNav GPS Navigator on the Nokia E62. These services include searching for a business, place of interest, and even the lowest gas …

loopt GPS Friend-Finder for Mobile

Posted in GPS,Services by Paul Patterson on November 17th, 2006

loopt is a new mobile service that allows you to see where your friends are located and also broadcast your current location to a select group of friends. The loopt service will allow you to remain connected to all the places and events around you.

Your location can be updated manually or automatically. A manual update requires you to set your location to an address or the last location you were at using the website. Automatic updates utilize the GPS in your phone to locate your phone every twenty minutes.

It might seem a bit scary to broadcast your current location to everyone, but the loopt service has your privacy in mind. loopt operates on a closed network basis, which means that only friends can share their locations with each other. Even if you are friends with someone, you choose who you want to share your location …

Trackstick Pro GPS Tracking Device

Posted in GPS by Quagmire on November 5th, 2006

Trackstick ProThe Trackstick Pro is a stealthy GPS receiver capable of continuously logging its location for extended periods of time, making it the perfect solution for anyone looking for a way to record vehicle, shipping, or truck routes. 4MB of memory allows the Trackstick Pro to log weeks or even months of travel histories.

The Trackstick has many practical uses such as monitoring delivery vehicles, packages, container shipments, or long haul trucking routes. The device also has many ominous and Orwellian uses such as employee and vehicle monitoring, law enforcement, or other special security needs.

The weatherproof case allows it to be permanently mounted to a vehicle or it can be removed from the cradle and placed on the dashboard. The Trackstick is powered by a cigarette lighter or may be hard-wired to a vehicle.

The Trackstick Pro records date, time, location, speed, direction, altitude, signal …

Lowrance iWAY 600c Navigates Roads and Water

Posted in GPS by Paul Patterson on November 2nd, 2006

Lowrance iWAY 600cLowrance, of marine electronics fame, recently released the iWAY 600c portable navigator to help the intrepid traveler navigate both roads and water. The 600c is a versatile GPS that allows consumers to plot a course on both highways and waterways with detailed satellite imagery of select metropolitan cities and marine locations.

The 600c features a “birds-eye-view” of your route through high-detail, satellite imagery of hundreds of metropolitan areas in the U.S. and Canada, including highways, buildings, stadiums, streets, and adjacent waterways. The marine coverage contains over 3,000 enhanced U.S. lake maps with depth contours for inland waters and charts for the Great Lakes and Coastal U.S. waters.

The 5″ 16-bit color TFT touch-screen display lets you navigate even in the brightest sunlight, while the multimedia extras keep you entertained on your journey. The built-in FM modulator wirelessly steams music through an open …

Adeo Fitness Companion GPS

Posted in Exercise Gadgets,GPS by Chetz on October 30th, 2006

Adeo Fitness CompanionThe Adeo Fitness Companion from MotionLingo is a pretty cool exercise gadget that fits inline with your headphone cord and tracks your outdoor workout.

The Adeo is really a GPS device that tracks your movements during outdoor workouts such as running, walking, biking, etc. As you move the Fitness Companion tracks your current position, the distance you have gone, your pace, and speed along with your workouts’ elapsed time, the elevation and estimated calories burned.

The Adeo can report this information to you audibly during your workout through your headphones. This can come in very handy for long distance or marathon runners for example, who would like to be able to keep track of their pace without having to look at their watch or do in calculations in their head while running.

Back at the ranch you can upload the data from the Adeo Fitness Companion …

Nokia 330 Auto Navigation GPS

Posted in GPS,News,Nokia by Darrin Olson on October 30th, 2006

Nokia 330Nokia has announced a new GPS device for use on roads in Europe called the Nokia 330 Auto Navigation.

Using the ROUTE 66 Navigate 7 software along with map data from NAVTEQ, you can enter you destination into the 330 and have it map you a route and direct you with voice commands in multiple available languages.

The vice president of multimedia enhancements at Nokia, Razvon Olosu, stated “Consumers are increasingly eager to use personal navigation devices while driving and we are delighted to introduce the Nokia 330 Auto Navigation device to meet this demand.” Olosu continues, “Nokia 330 Auto Navigation complements the recently announced GPS and navigation solutions from Nokia. Finding your way across Europe is simple with this comprehensive navigation package, including an integrated GPS receiver and European maps.”

The Nokia 330 GPS has a 2GB memory card that …

SureShot GPS Golf Range Finder and Stats Recorder

Posted in Golf,GPS,Outdoors by Darrin Olson on October 29th, 2006

Sureshot GPS If you happen to be looking for a great golf gadget for the coming holiday season or an occasion, you will want to check out the Sureshot GPS. This small GPS enabled device come loaded with a large number of convenient features that can potentially be used on any golf course around the world.

For it’s simplest use, the Sureshot GPS can be used to measure your distance to the hole at the pin position for the day, along with distances to the center, front and back of the green from your current position. You can load up to 10 different courses into the device at a time with up to 33 recorded points for each hole identifying items such as hazards and the green.

As you are golfing you can also record statistical information about your play such as strokes, putts, elapsed playing time, …

Sony NAV-U Avoids the Traffic

Posted in GPS,Sony by Paul Patterson on October 24th, 2006

Sony NV U71T Sony Electronics today revealed the latest nav-u personal navigation system. The new NV-U71T model is the second offering in the company’s navigation lineup and aims to help daily commuters avoid traffic,

Slimmer than the first model, the nav-u is ready to use right out of the box. The new interface has been redesigned based on customer feedback and eliminates unnecessary drilling down through multiple menu systems for common functions. The user-friendly device helps drivers map destinations and locate points of interest, and hopefully avoid traffic congestion along the way.

The navigator includes an RDS-TMC real-time traffic receiver built into the supplied cradle. The device works by notifying the driver of heavy traffic areas and automatically gives them an alternate route choice. The live traffic service does require a separate subscription at $4.95 a month, but customers will receive …

Time and Location Stamp Your Photos

Posted in Digital Imaging,GPS,Sony by Darrin Olson on October 21st, 2006

Sony GPS-CS1

This particularly cool GPS gadget system from Sony will help you keep track not only of the time that your photos were taken, but where they were taken at.

The Sony GPS-CS1 calculates and records latitude and longitude data every 15 seconds for up to 14 hours with the high end batteries. You take the GPS device with you when you are out shooting pictures and have it running the whole time. When you are complete the GPS device matches it’s time with the time stamp of your digital photos and applies locations where they were taken based on the closest matching times. If you use the supplied Motion Browser software, the position points can be uploaded to a map to allow you to organize your photos geographically.

The GPS device is only 55 grams, has a capacity of 31MB and connects using USB 2.0. The …

Novogo Car Navigator GPS

Posted in GPS,Novogo by Darrin Olson on October 11th, 2006

Novogo GPS

The Novogo Car Navigator GPS V Series system has an offering of a much more sleek design compared to many of the GPS systems on the market to day. Shown here with a nice car docking mount, it also detaches to be a stand alone hand held device not much bigger than many mobile phones. It also comes in many colors to fit your style or to match the interior of your car.

Seamless maps come for regional or for the US or Pan-Europe. The Novogo allows for voice commands, which makes this a lot safer GPS system than some so you are not fumbling with on screen buttons while trying to drive, along with voice guidance and speaker. This is all great in the car, not always so cool when walking in public.

Some cool accessories for the Novogo V Series GPS include interchangeable face plates …