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Slim LiveView GPS PT-10 offers extremely timely tracking

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on September 8th, 2008

LiveViewGPS PT-10

A company by the name of LiveViewGPS is claiming today to be offering the world’s smallest portable Live GPS tracking device. It is called the PT-10 and you’ll find it available for around $350.

The PT-10 from LiveViewGPS, measuring 3.5- x 2.08- x 0.75-inches, lets you track it live from any Web enabled computer via updates every 10 seconds when moving over 10mph, or every 20 feet when walking. The compact size and quick updates seem to make this the type of product one can use to keep track of loved ones, such as children, or items like cars.

Sony adds new GPS models to nav-u line

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on August 27th, 2008

Sony nav-u NV-U94T

Sony took the wraps today off an expanded line up of its nav-u personal navigation devices. These new models – the NV-U94T, NV-U84, NV-U74T and NV-U44 – price around $400, $350, $300 and $250 respectively and will be available in September.

Sony says new features of these four just added nav-u GPS units include more brand icons, search functionality and photo viewing features. The top dog of this group is the NV-U94T, adding “a photo viewer, audio/video player and stereo Bluetooth technology for streaming audio and making hands-free phone calls using compatible devices.” You can get full details on these models after the jump.

Navigon packs lots of features into 7200T GPS unit

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on August 27th, 2008

Navigon 7200T

Navigon is unveiling its latest high end GPS unit just in time before it goes on sale in October. It is known as the 7200T and you’ll find it pricing around $450.

The Navigon 7200T sports a thin design and touchscreen interface. Key features of this GPS device include free real-time traffic updates, voice recognition which routes one to an address based upon saying it, 3D points of interest, 3D views with road signs and lane guidance for many highway interchanges and exits, lane maps with arrows and road geometry, Bluetooth speakerphone integration and POI data from Zagat.

Navigon

Gisteq Explorer lets you chat, do GPS, roast marshmellows

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on August 21st, 2008

Gisteq Explorer

Gisteq is rolling out a handheld device for outdoor usage which combines several useful functions, including GPS and live communication. It’s called the Gisteq Explorer and, while available now, pricing information is not immediately clear.

The Explorer has, according to its maker, four functions. These include live communication within a group while it is connected to the FRM/GMRS 2-way radios, a speaker microphone enabling hands free from the radio when talking in the group, a GPS tracker and waypoint navigation. Also viewable through its LCD display are items such as a thermometer and compass.

Gisteq

Kapten: Screen-free GPS navigation system

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on August 14th, 2008

Kapten: Screen-free GPS navigation system
Here’s something you don’t see everyday. A GPS device without a screen from French company Kapsys. It seems at first like a horrible idea, but speech can be just as powerful. It’s a one-of-a-kind mini portable GPS device with a voice recognition interface.

It’s designed mainly for pedestrians who need directions, and also includes a text-to-speech feature. It might also help you keep your eyes on the road. TeleAtlas will offer the map information, while Kapsys provides still more city-related information on their website. Features a SiRF Star III GPS receiver, Bluetooth, MP3 player, FM Radio and hands-free capability. As far as storage it has 4GB of internal memory. Expect it around mid-September for 150 Euros.

Nextar GPS system includes wireless back up camera

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on August 11th, 2008

Nextar I4-BC

Nextar recently unveiled a new GPS navigation system which also includes a back-up camera so you don’t squish yours or someone else’s kids. It is called the Nextar I4-BC and you’ll find it pricing around $260.

The Nextar I4-BC consists of a touchscreen GPS unit sporting a 4.3-inch display and a wireless-enabled camera which attaches near the rear license frame. When in backup, the camera flips on and takes over the navigation unit’s screen, showing what is in your path that you might potentially run over.

Garmin develops custom GPS unit for Harley-Davidson

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on August 5th, 2008

Garmin Road Tech zūmo

Born to Be Wild song tunes running around inside your head aside, do you want some type of genuine motor accessory from Harley-Davidson to customize your ride a little more? How about a special version of a GPS unit from Garmin. That’s the idea for the new Garmin Road Tech zūmo, which currently has no pricing information.

The Garmin Road Tech zūmo is a customized version of the GPS company’s motorcycle specific GPS device. It has, among its more customized features, a points of interest directory including Harley-Davidson dealerships, a custom handbar mount and the ability to download to the GPS unit “great rides” from the Harley-Davidson Web site.

Archos selling GPS accessory for 605 WiFi PMP

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on July 29th, 2008

Archos GPS In-Car Holder

Archos recently unveiled a special in-car holder for its Archos 605 WiFi portable media player line. This accessory is called the Archos GPS In-Car Holder and you’ll find it pricing around $130.

The Archos GPS In-Car Holder has the actual GPS functionality built into it, using the 605 WiFi as an interface for viewing maps and navigation functions. The holder connects to the car windshield and the PMP is put into the holder. Built-in line out lets you create a “full voice and video navigation system.”

Garmin prepares new outdoor GPS mapping handhelds

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on July 10th, 2008

Garmin Oregon 400tGarmin is introducing a new series of handheld GPS units for outdoor lovers which matches a touchscreen with rugged design. It is called the Oregon series and pricing will range from around $480 to $640, depending upon the model.

Garmin said these new outdoor mapping handhelds are waterproof and sport “a high-resolution, color 3-inch screen that reacts as users tap or drag through menus and options.” They all make use of a “HotFix” feature for calculating and storing satellite information for later pinpointing a position without waiting for new satellite interaction. Each of the models is detailed a little after the jump and all will be available later this year.

Visteon gets busy with new in-dash navigation system

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on July 2nd, 2008

Visteon Navigation Radio System

Do you seek a full-on in-dash navigation system which will do almost everything except give you a massage while you drive? That may well be the case of the new Visteon Navigation Radio System, designed to replace that crappy AM/FM tuner coming standard in your car.

Garmin announces new GPS dog collar to track your hounds

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on June 26th, 2008

Garmin DC30

For you hunters out there needing to track Fido in the field to make sure he isn’t eating your dead duck, Garmin has a new GPS collar to add to its Astro GPS Dog tracking system. It is called the Garmin DC 30, and you’ll find it pricing standalone around $200 or as part of a complete kit with GPS receiver at around $650.

The Garmin DC 30 is mainly designed for hunting dogs, but you could probably tag this bad boy on your pooch to track him around the dog park as well. It is “weighted to sit below the dog’s neck, while a small, low-profile GPS antenna is integrated into the collar strap and positioned on top of the dog’s neck, providing a clear view of satellites with minimal rotation.”

Knight Rider GPS puts KITT in your car

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on June 20th, 2008

Knight Rider GPS puts KITT in your car
You and I both know that this is the only GPS worth a tinker’s damn. Do you really have to think about it? Mio’s new GPS system gives you directions using the voice of KITT. It promises lots of fun episodes in Vegas and a show-down with Semi-truck enemy or two. It boots up saying “Hello Michael, where do you want to go today?”

That’s enough for some of you right there, but then it goes and uses a Trans-Am as your cars icon, also features dual LED scanner lights on each side to complete the whole KITT theme. $270 is what it will cost you. And you didn’t have to have surgery or change your identity at all. Available in a few months.

Transplant GPS debuts RightWay GPS products

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on June 20th, 2008

RightWay RW430

GPS product manufacturer Transplant GPS announced this week three new GPS units under its RightWay brand. These new models are the RW430, RW355 and RW250.

Transplant GPS said its new RightWay models feature “trilingual street name ‘text-to-speech’ capabilities, preloaded Navteq map data for North America, SiRF Star III high sensitivity GPS chip set, Samsung processors, Windows CE 5.0 operating system, and four bonus programs.”

Bear from AI becomes reality, only talks GPS

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on June 4th, 2008

Bear from AI becomes reality, only talks GPS
Looks like the Teddy bear from AI has now come to life. Only problem is, he loves GPS and won’t shut up about it. I guess the idea is to put some Snuggles fabric softener-like cuddliness into a gadget, thereby making it more personal. Which is great and all, if I’m not worried that it will come to life, gain a soul and kill me, then use my corpse as armor while it kills others.

This cuddly but potentially deadly creature was created by iXs Research Corporation and is hopefully not the future of GPS navigation. It will talk and give you the directions you need. It’s arms even point you in the right direction. Get this. It has an alcohol detection sensor in its neck, so it will give you an attitude about driving drunk. Not flying out the window and hitting a puddle, it won’t!

Rear view GPS mirror

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2008

Rear view GPS mirror
Shenzhen MCD Electronics has rolled out this so far unnamed rear view mirror that shows you more then the cars you’re leaving in the dust. Some features include : GPS navigation system, SD/MMC memory card slot, Stylus pen, LED backlight, 1300mAh Li-Ion battery, Reverse gear sensor, Camera, Bluetooth connectivity.

No word on cost yet, and anyway coming from a Chinese wholesaler, this probably won’t be headed to the US anytime soon officially.