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Transplant’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. GPS

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2009

Transplant's Dale Earnhardt Jr. GPSAre you one of those people who have to buy things just because they’re branded with Nascar Images? Well then this one is for the good ‘ol boys. If GPS had existed during the Dukes Of Hazard, this would have been the car’s GPS. Consider it KITT’s redneck cousin, saying things like, “Yeeeehaw” and “You might want to stop for that dead possum Bo”.

Dale Earnhardt Jr can handle the job with his soothing voice in this special edition Rightway Spotter GPS from Transplant and ALK Technologies. His voice will tell you distances, street names, and to “park it” when you’re there.

Implantable GPS tracking now available in the US

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Implantable GPS tracking now available in the USThis could be an April Fools joke, but we know it’s coming anyway. A company named Voss & Mauser is claiming that they have a new GPS implant tracker that can be directly implanted into the skin and that it’s now available in the states.

Our tipster states “Many parents and governments across this planet have been demanding for a GPS Tracker device that can be embedded directly into the skin and cannot be removed or noticed by them. Follow the tracked person’s exact satellite location on any computer with Internet, no matter where they are in the world.” Yeah, I’m sure it’s a dream that many people share, while others cringe.

Spy on your kid’s driving habits with Driving Activity Reporter

Posted in GPS by Shane McGlaun on March 11th, 2009

drivingactivityreporter-sbWhen it comes to kooky and often overpriced gadgets, Hammacher Schlemmer is the place you want to shop. These are the same fine folks that bought worthwhile gadgets like the snowball blaster and the clear canoe.

The company’s latest product is one that lets you spy on the driving habits of your spouse, kids or employees. The Driving Activity Reporter is a small device that looks like a flash drive with a magnet on the back of the case. The magnet holds the device to the undercarriage of a car, under the seat or in any other metal location.

FineDrive iQ500 personal navigation system

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

FineDrive iQ500 personal navigation systemThe all new FineDrive iQ500 personal navigation system is powered by an ARM11 600MHz CPU with either 4 or 8GB (SD Card) of memory and support for SDHC cards (up to 32GB).

This gadget also offers a 7 inch (800×480) touchscreen display, Windows Embedded CE 6.0, DMB TV Tuner, and a PMP. The device weighs 370grams and measures 186mm x 120mm x 24mm. The FineDrive iQ500 is currently available only in Korea. No word on when or if it will come to the US.

Getac unveils new rugged GPS/PDA device

Posted in GPS by Shane McGlaun on March 2nd, 2009

Getac PS535FGPS devices re nice and many of the automotive GPS devices can be used when you are walking as well. The catch is that the typical automotive GPS device is far from rugged and one drop onto the driveway can kill the machine.

Getac has announced a new rugged GPS/PDA device that can withstand drops and more. The device is ruggedized to meet MIL-STD 810F and is IP54 certified. The machine offers 8-hour battery life and has a 3.5-inch touch-enabled screen with an option for a screen readable in full sunlight.

Mio DigiWalker ad: There’s always a way out

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2009

Enjoy this commercial, which should have been a Superbowl commercial by the way. Just don’t ask us to explain what goes on in the minds of advertising executives. I guess it could be considered a tad NSFW due to butt cheeks. I’m not sure this will sell many extra GPS devices for the company, but it is an entertaining 42 seconds. Not sure what else I could possibly say about it…

Has this ever happened to anyone? And if so, did you hear that popping sound?

Lowrance intros three GPS units

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2009

Lowrance intros three GPS unitsMost of us will probably never need a GPS system outside of our car, but those who are more adventurous will find Lowrance’s new GPS units useful. The trio goes by the names of Outback, Safari, and Sierra.

Each features a 2.7-inch LCD and a microSD card slot, plus all of the usual outdoor-friendly GPS specs. Even a barometric altimeter and a 3D electronic compass on the more expensive models. The Sierra includes street maps using maps from NAVTEQ. They’ll be available in May for between $230 and $550.

GPS Coin makes Harvey Dent’s day

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2009

GPS Coin makes Harvey Dent’s daySome people like having some spare change jingling around in their pockets. Some people hate coins. But a coin like this could bring out the Harvey Dent in all of us. It combines GPS with chance. It’s called the Inbi-Out and it’s a concept coin that can be flipped to add some spontaneity to your life.

Just like Two-face, flip the coin to decide your fate and where you should go next. Oh, looks like it’s Chinese food again. It gives you a 50/50 chance of where you should eat, drink, hang out, etc. It displays the final decision on a tiny embedded screen with GPS coordinates and directions.

Garmin offers up new motorcycle GPS unit

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on January 13th, 2009

Garmin zūmo 660

Garmin has a new GPS unit for motorcyclists coming out in the first quarter of this year. It is called the zūmo 660 and it will price around $800.

The Garmin zūmo 660 is designed with motorcyclists in mind, said Garmin. It has a 4.3” sunlight-readable and customizable touchscreen display, “glove-friendly design” with left-handed controls and oversized touchscreen buttons. It comes loaded with street-level maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico that have over six million points of interest.

TomTom Offers Americans New Connected GPS Device

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on January 8th, 2009

TomTom GO 740 LIVE

TomTom announced today it is bringing one of its European GPS units to American shores sometime in the second quarter of the year. It is called the GO 740 LIVE.

The GO 740 LIVE, said TomTom, is a connected GPS device, meaning it automatic delivers content designed to help drivers navigate the roads. It wirelessly receives real-time traffic speed and incident reports every two to five minutes. Traffic delays can be heard audibly on the device as well as displayed on the screen. A built-in SIM card and GPRS modem also delivers to the 740 Google Local Search, local gas prices and weather forecasts among other things.

New Garmin GPS unit helps your golf game

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on January 7th, 2009

Garmin Approach G5

Garmin, in expanding its line of outdoor recreation GPS devices, feels now is the time to unveil a GPS unit for those among us who golf. It is called the Approach G5 and there is not yet any pricing information available.

The Garmin Approach G5 sports a three-inch touchscreen display and is designed specifically for the golf course. It is said to show golfers the precise distance to the center of green or other key course features, helping to improve a golfer’s score. It comes preloaded with thousands of courses in the United States.

Vladimir Putin puts a satellite collar on his dog

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2008

Vladimir Putin puts a satellite collar on his dogAbout a year ago, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced that he would one day like to be able to pinpoint the location of his black Labrador, Koni, at any time using a Russian satellite navigation system known as GLONASS.

Yesterday, he did it. Mr. Putin procured a satellite collar that will allow him to track her, no matter where she is in Russia. (This dog must get around) According to Putin, “She’s wagging her tail, she likes it.” The system will be fully working for Russian territory by the end of this year.

GPS Golf Guru goes color

Posted in GPS by Shane McGlaun on September 30th, 2008

GPS GolfGuru ColorI have never understood the appeal of golfing myself and have never been to a real golf course. I take my kids to play put-put on occasion and typically, my 7-year-old beats me. As close as I care to get to a real game of golf is on the Wii.

For those of you who like real golfing, a new GPS tool is now better equipped to improve your game. The gadget is called the GPS Golf Guru Color Guru and offers a color GPS screen that is 320 x 240 pixels. The device stores information on 300 courses and up to 30 features per hole.

Pioneer drops 5 New GPS navigation systems

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2008

Pioneer drops 5 New GPS navigation systemsPioneer intros not one, not two, but four new GPS navigation devices at once. Collectively they are the HRZ099, HRZ088, HRV022, and HRV011. They all share the same specifications including a 40GB storage capacity, 1Seg TV, 7-Inch LCD Screen and they can play WMA, MP3, AAC, and DivX file formats. As you might expect, hey are also compatible with iPods.

The Pioneer HRZ099 is the High-End model of the litter, equipped with a 800 x 480 resolution. The others are 480×234. The Pioneer HRZ099 and HRZ088 also feature a built-in Amplifier with a maximum output of 50W x 4ch. Aside from these 7-Inch GPS devices, the company also introduced a 5.8-Inch GPS which sports 8GB of Flash Memory, a built-in amplifier (50w x4), 1Seg TV tuner, an SD card slot and USB Port. It can also reproduce DVD/WMA/MP3/DivX/WAV/MPEG-4 files.

GPS navigation system & game console

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2008

GPS navigation system & game consoleKinwei Technologies of Shenzen is a GPS navigation system manufacturer who also loves games. Old school games. The KW-GM4306TG is a GPS navigation system and a gaming console in one. And no, this won’t replace your DS or PSP. Apparently the device only supports 8 bits games, circa 1985.

It sports a 4.3-inch TFT LCD Touch screen with 480 x 272 pixels resolution, powered by a Samsung ARM9 400MHz processor. The OS is Microsoft Windows CE.NET 4.2 and you even get a crappy controller for the games. Inside there’s a 64MB SDRAM ROM and 256MB NAND flash, and a high sensitive SiRF III antenna with 20 channels. It also has an AV-in port so if you get a rear view camera you can connect it to use the 4.3″ screen.