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Maxian E900T PMP/GPS navigator

Posted in GPS,Portable Meda Players by Conner Flynn on January 2nd, 2008

Maxian E900T PMP/GPS navigator

Maxian E900T is a new PMP from Korea. Some of the features are a 4.3″ TFT touch screen, interface buttons on both sides, comes in a 30GB and 60GB version. Has the usual memory slot for SD cards, and a Li-Ion battery that has 4000mAh capacity. It has both music and video playback, a DMB receiver, GPS navigation, even a dictionary.

The Windows CE-based system boasts an 800 x 480 4.3-inch touchscreen, support for WMV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DiVX / XviD, H.264, WMA, AAC, MP3, and OGG formats. The E900T is capable of outputting 720p HD video, sports Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound, and Burr-Brown audio circuitry which outputs via S/PDIF. In it’s car mount it turns into a full featured GPS navigator. Basically, this is an all in one PMP that looks pretty promising.

Pimp your bike with a rear-view monitor

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2007

Cerevellum Rearview Monitor

Bikes have been jealous of cars for years now, with their fancy turn signals, steering wheels and mirrors. And bikes came first, adding insult to injury. Sure you can put a turn signal on a bike these days, mount a rear-view mirror, even put a Baseball card in the spokes, but it just hasn’t upped the cool factor on bikes. Enter the Cerevellum Rearview Monitor.

It’s a nifty rear-view monitor you mount on the handlebars of your bike. Whether you have a Pee-Wee Herman bike or a new fangled modern one, it will up your bicycle street cred. It’s headed to production soon and will sell for $200. It comes with a camera you can mount anywhere and features a 3.5-inch screen, along with 32MB of storage for workout data and four USB ports for expansion modules such as GPS, a heart rate monitor, and one that calls 911 because you’ve been flattened by a Semi while paying too much attention to this device. Also has about 4-hours of battery life.

New ATP device lets you geotag photos

Posted in ATP,GPS by Nino Marchetti on December 24th, 2007

ATP GPS Photo FinderWant to be able to geotag digital photos you’ve taken while out in the field so you always remember where it was taken? ATP has announced a new device while will let you do that – the ATP GPS Photo Finder, priced at around $130.

The ATP GPS Photo Finder allows you to tag your photos with GPS coordinates so you can find the locations they were taken. You plug your camera’s memory card into the Photo Finder’s built-in card reader or USB port, and it automatically finds and tags your images without any additional software or hardware. Pictures can currently be viewed using software such as Picasa and Google Earth which support geotagging.

Zoombak uses GPS tracker to find pets, cars

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on December 19th, 2007

zoombak.jpgSay you lose your car, dog or perhaps small child. You can either panic or, if you have a new Zoombak GPS locator attached to the missing item, you can try to find it via assisted GPS (satellite and GSM) technology. These new transmitters are priced at between $199 and $249.

The Zoombak GPS locators are design to use satellite and mobile phone networks to help you track lost pets and cars while they are outdoors. The products themselves are rechargeable, lightweight, water resistant devices (2.5 oz) that areeasily attached to a dog collar or can be outfitted to almost any vehicle. You register them through Zoombak and you can than find said lost items at any time from a computer, cell phone or mobile device.

Mio C620 GPS gives you 3D mapping display

Posted in GPS,Mio by Nino Marchetti on December 18th, 2007

Mio C620Mio Technology has announced the beginning of European sales of some new GPS devices known as the C620 and C620t. No specific pricing or American availability plans were announced.

The C620 and C620t from Mio are described as true 3D mapping GPS devices, meaning one can view via the on-board software “around one thousand 3D landmarks, as well as digital elevation mapping to depict the local landscape – providing the motorist with a true 3D view of the road ahead.” The 4.3-inch display can also be used for a split screen mode to show information like turn by turn directions alongside the full map.

Dash Express puts new spin on GPS

Posted in Dash Navigation,GPS by Nino Marchetti on December 17th, 2007

Dash ExpressA new breed of GPS which is Internet connected is set to soon come to market. The new Dash Express is available for pre-order for around $600.

The Dash Express uses a form of wireless connectivity to access a set of connected features as you drive. These subscription based offerings include real-time traffic data collected from other Dash Express units on the network, Yahoo Local search functionality, push of street addresses from a Web browser or Outlook and auto updating of software and on-screen traffic conditions.

Secured Digital reveals new Bluetooth GPS unit

Posted in Bluetooth,GPS by Nino Marchetti on November 29th, 2007

Secured Digital EyStar Bluetooth GPS ReceiverBluetooth GPS receivers can often provide a cheap, more portable alternative to traditional in-car GPS systems. This is especially true of those who use mapping software on laptops or cellphones. For these people a company called Secured Digital Applications today unveiled a new Bluetooth GPS receiver priced at under $100.

The Secured Digital EyStar Bluetooth GPS Receiver works in conjunction with Bluetooth-enabled mobiles and laptops running navigation software such as Microsoft Street and Trips. It broadcasts the current location to the software via its Bluetooth signal. Secured Digital says the 20-channel all-in-view tracking SiRF Star III GPS receiver has high sensitivity for better tracking in cities.

New HTC mobile device offers built-in GPS

Posted in GPS,HTC,Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on November 12th, 2007

HTC Touch CruiseHTC is out today with a new mobile Windows-based touchscreen device which also offers built-in GPS. The HTC Touch Cruise looks like it will be hitting European markets first, with an eventual launch in the United States not announced but logical at some point down the line.

The HTC Touch Cruise sports a 2.8-inch touchscreen display and built-in technology to enhance finger touch scrolling and browsing of Web pages, contacts and other on-screen information. As a GPS device it comes pre-loaded with mapping and navigation material from TomTom. Wireless options include 3G-HSDPA, 802.11 and Bluetooth support.

Sharper Image to do branded GPS units

Posted in GPS,Sharper Image by Nino Marchetti on November 12th, 2007

sharper-image.jpgElectronics retailer Sharper Image is a seller of many fine gadgets, including GPS units. It also does some of its own branded products in various categories and looks now to be getting into the GPS space.

Shaper Image said today it signed an agreement with Polaris Media Research/Moneual Lab to develop Sharper Image-branded GPS navigation devices over the next several years. These new products will be manufactured by Ubistar, a Korean manufacturer of GPS receivers. The upcoming items are described as featuring “a state-of-the-art, user friendly interface” as well as “multimedia functions such as MP3 playback, image viewing and games. The units will also be loaded with over 6 million points of interest.”

Pharos unveils two no-frills GPS units

Posted in GPS,Pharos by Darrin Olson on November 8th, 2007

Pharos Drive 250 GPS unitToday Pharos launched a couple of new GPS navigation devices lacking it a lot of the more common features found in the latest GPS devices, but compensates for it with some very affordable pricing. The Drive GPS 150 and Drive GPS 250 are the latest from Pharos in their Drive GPS line of products differing almost only by size.

The Drive GPS 250 is the more expensive of the two with a retail price of $299.95 and features a 4.3 inch touch screen display, turn-by-turn voice prompted directions and a 1GB SD card pre-loaded with North America maps from NAVTEQ. The device also boasts a 7-hour run time off of a single charge.

SPOT satellite tracker saves your behind from bears

Posted in GPS,Outdoors by Nino Marchetti on November 1st, 2007

SPOTLet’s face the facts – you’re lost deep in the woods after going out on a hike to get photos of the elusive Bigfoot. You can’t find your way out and that big bear staring at you and salivating isn’t helping matters. As you rapidly climb a tree, you remember you can summon help with SPOT, the self-described world’s first satellite messenger. This aid to the lost hiker is priced at around $170 plus service fees.

The SPOT takes the form of a portable device which is designed to be waterproof as well as to withstand the outdoors in general. It’s reportedly relatively easy to use by pressing one of several buttons to, for example, transmit a user’s exact location and message to a 9-1-1 emergency call center in times of need. You can also send standard messages to family or others to request help or just let others track you via a Web service which uses GPS coordinates and Google Maps technology.

Deluo MouseGPS lures you into GPS mouse trap

Posted in GPS,Mouse by Nino Marchetti on October 30th, 2007

Deluo MouseGPSPeanut butter and jelly. Black and white. GPS and mouse. That’s right – someone has gone ahead and paired GPS technology with a computer rodent. Hold onto your wallets and read about the questionable new gadget known as the Deluo MouseGPS, priced at around $100.

The Deluo MouseGPS, which we first covered earlier this month, is quite simply a USB mouse with a retractable USB cord and optical scrolling. The quirky part becomes apparent when you flip the switch and it becomes a GPS receiver which “tracks 16 parallel satellite channels for ease of use in even densely urban or rural areas.” It pairs with Microsoft software such as Streets & Trips to help you navigate around town.

Magellan RoadMate 1200: pretty cheap, useful

Posted in GPS,Magellan by Nino Marchetti on October 30th, 2007

Magellan RoadMate 1200We can never get enough of GPS units here at Slippery Brick, especially when they are priced at what we consider to be a cheap price for the features offered. Enter therefore the Magellan RoadMate 1200, priced at around $230.

The RoadMate 1200 is considered a “pocket-sized form factor” with Magellan, which we find a little funny unless you have a huge empty cargo pant pocket available. It’s got a 3.5-inch touchscreen with an interface designed to cut down on input. It’s well loaded with data, containing the “latest NavTeq maps, which cover the 48 contiguous United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. It also features 1.3 million points of interest (POI) data, such as gas/petrol stations, ATMs, hotels, restaurants, airports and more, with contact details such as phone number, address and the travel distance.”

You also get another nice features like different map views, traffic detour recommendations …

Alpine ships 2nd generation Blackbird GPS unit

Posted in Alpine Electronics,GPS by Nino Marchetti on October 17th, 2007

Alpine Blackbird PMD-B200Automotive electronics company Alpine said shipments of a new portable navigation device began. The Alpine Blackbird PMD-B200 is priced at around $750.

The Alpine Blackbird PMD-B200 is the second generation of its Blackbird GPS navigation platform. It runs off of the Windows CE system. A built-in hard drive stores maps for all of the United States and Canada, including six million points of interest. Maps can be viewed a variety of ways and directions can be offered in turn-by-turn voice instruction.

TomTom ONE XL-S supports spoken street names

Posted in GPS,TomTom by Nino Marchetti on October 16th, 2007

TomTom ONE XL-SGPS products company TomTom is getting set to make available its first ONE XL device to feature text-to-speech for spoken street names. The new TomTom ONE XL-S will be priced at around $400.

The TomTom ONE XL-S will allow for street names to be told to it as part of providing driving directions. It will also work with TomTom’s MapShare technology, which lets one share map improvements made on the GPS unit and later uploaded to an online community. The ONE XL-S provides a touchscreen interface built into a 4.3-inch screen.