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Royal does GPS, typewriters go on strike

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on March 7th, 2008

Royal Expedition Portable Navigation SystemRoyal – those guys which make typewriters and cheap PDAs – are dipping their toes in deeper CE waters with the quiet release of a new GPS system. It is called the Royal Expedition Portable Navigation System and it is priced at around either $250 or $400, depending upon where you look online.

The Royal Expedition Portable Navigation System is very much your garden variety GPS system, though we hear you can type a mean newsletter with it as well. It is loaded with United States and Canada maps, offers a touchscreen interface and also doubles as a MP3 player with 2GB of SD memory card memory.

New TomTom GPS units more intelligently route

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

tomtom.jpgGPS maker TomTom earlier this week revealed some new GPS models outfitted with new routing technology which takes into account average speeds on a road when creating a route. These models – the Go 930 and Go 730 – will be available by the end of April.

This new TomTom technology, known as IQ Routes, is based on actual average speeds on roads, rather than the posted speed limits. It gathers this data from “anonymous historical speed profiles of over 6.2 billion miles of driven roads” from millions of TomTom users. The company says that nearly half the time having this data, planning the route results in a faster trip.

You can get more details on this technology and other features of the new TomTom units, taken from a company press release, after the jump.

Garmin offers up new nuvi 200 series GPS units

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on March 4th, 2008

garmin-2x5.jpgGarmin grew its family of nuvi GPS navigators by four today as it introduced the 2×5 models. These models – the nuvi 255, 255w, 205 and 205W – are considered entry level models by Garmin and part of its nuvi 200 series.

Garmin’s new 2×5 nuvis offer up, according to Garmin, “improved mapping and routing features, faster satellite acquisition, navigation by photos, FM traffic updates or dynamic content from MSN Direct.” They make use of 4.3-inch or 3.5-inch touchscreen displays with a new shaded elevation map display and include support for download of one’s choice of millions of geo-located photos from Google for use as a more visual navigation guide.

GPS system with breathalyzer

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

GPS system with breathalyzer
GPS navigation systems are a dime a dozen, but this one can tell whether you’re drunk or not. One thing. If you need this to tell you when you’ve had too much to drink, you obviously drink way too much. The G400 GPS navigation system features an integrated alcohol sensor on the side and it can tell how much alcohol per liter is in your blood.

If vehicle manufacturers are able to make use of this GPS navigation system in the future, and stop the vehicle from starting with a drunk driver at the wheel, this could save many lives. The G400 should be available in the U.S. very soon, right now it’s available in Portugal.

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The Vie GPS sports glove concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2008

Vie GPS sports glove concept
Despite the fact that this thing reminds me of the old Nintendo power glove, it’s pretty neat looking, mannequin hands and all. Designer Du Tran Nguyen sees the Verva Vie Sports Glove as the ultimate piece of sporting equipment for the 21st century. How so? The Vie would allow the use of GPS to develop workouts, map routes, and even send out distress beacons(Perish the thought). It has an interface that can be controlled with one hand via strain gauges in the fingers. These interact with an E-ink screen.

It could also be used in sports to communicate plays or share information with other athletes via a handshake. Otherwise known as cheating. On the safety front, it could be used to share health information with a training partner. If there’s danger, a distress signal could be sent to other gloves, or even directly to the police or hospital.(Oh hell, my gloves are tingling, my partner’s in trouble. This sounds like a job for…me! Gloveman!)

Navisurfer II: a PC in your car’s dashboard

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on February 7th, 2008

Navisurfer II
Many people hate to be away from their computer, even while in the car. Despite the fact that driving requires all of your attention, you still crave that screen, that contact, you don’t want to miss out on anything damnit! There’s no need to suffer withdrawal symptoms while in your vehicle any longer thanks to the Navisurfer II.

It’s a complete PC that can be installed in your car and it only takes up a single DIN slot in your car’s dashboard, which is the same size as a typical car stereo. It even features a flip-out touchscreen 7-inch color display, with 800 x 480 resolution. It will run either Windows XP or Linux as the OS. The Navisurfer II also has all of the software applications that you would want in your car, like media player, GPS navigator, rear view camera, plus an application for displaying vehicle diagnostic information.

nuvifone by Garmin officially announced

Posted in GPS by Darrin Olson on January 30th, 2008

Garmin nuvifone is a GPS device with a mobile phone added inToday in an unexpected announcement Garmin, makers of all types of GPS devices, threw their hat into the cell phone market ring with the Garmin nuvifone. The nuvifone’s cornerstone is still as a GPS device but it is also a full-on GSM HDSPA smartphone with a large 3.5-inch touchscreen and modes for calling, searching and viewing maps. It even sports an internet browser with Google local search built in.

Like other Garmin GPS devices the nuvifone carries pre-loaded maps of North America or Europe, a media player, millions of points of interest and voice promted turn-by-turn directions. But with this one there is much more. Ever forget where you parked your car in the parking lot? When you take the nuvifone out of its mount it will take note of where its at and help you find it later.

A “Where am I?” feature gives you quick access to the nearest address, intersection, closest hospital or just your latitude and longitude coordinates whenever you need it. Hey, you never know when you’ll need them to properly set up your telescope. A built in camera comes standard and of course it will geo-tag your photos, and Garmin Online brings real-time traffic, stock info, sports action and news right to the device. And of course don’t forget email, text and instant messaging.

CES 2008

Garmin Forerunner 405 tracks workouts, uploads wirelessly

Posted in CES 2008,Exercise Gadgets,Garmin,GPS,Watches by Darrin Olson on January 7th, 2008

Garmin 405 Forerunner GPS watch tracks routes while running and uploads to your computer without wiresGarmin has a new exercise gadget debuting at CES this year called the Forerunner 405, designed for runners to aid in training and track routes. The new 405 is also a little more stylish than previous models with similar functionality, keeping the size to a minimum so the gadget doesn’t look like such a gaudy chunk of electronics on your wrist.

The Forerunner 405 is GPS enabled and allows outdoor runners to keep track of their speed, distance, heart rate and location through the watch. This model also features a cool new bezel around the display that lets users navigate and change settings on the watch by simply tapping it and sliding their finger around the metal circle.

CES 2008

Pioneer’s AVIC-F500BT GPS: voice control iPods & Bluetooth cellphones

Posted in Bluetooth,CES 2008,iPod,iPod Accessories,Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2008

Pioneer’s AVIC-F500BT GPS: voice control iPods & Bluetooth cellphones

Pioneer’s AVIC-F500BT GPS Navigator is designed to be compatible with any factory car audio set-up. The system lets you add in-car navigation and entertainment without modifying your existing car stereo.

The main feature is the VoiceBox Conversational Voice Search Platform, which is an advanced voice technology for controlling iPod and Bluetooth enabled devices. It has the ability to analyze and execute voice commands. For instance, if you say, “Let me hear the artist Led Zeppelin” or “play Led Zeppelin”.

CES 2008

Garmin nüvi 880: everything but the kitchen sink

Posted in CES 2008,Garmin,GPS by Nino Marchetti on January 6th, 2008

Garmin nüvi 880Garmin is showcasing at CES the new flagship for its popular line of nüvi GPS devices. This model is known as the Garmin nüvi 880 and it is set to price at around $1,070.

The Garmin nüvi 880 has a long list of features to make even the most picky GPS users happy. To start off, advanced speech recognition technology, communicated to the 880 through a push-to-talk wireless remote, lets you activate a variety of voice commands which correspond to most common tasks on the unit. The Garmin nüvi 880 also draws upon the MSN Direct network to provide a variety of on-demand information points, including traffic, fuel prices, movie listings and news/stocks.

CES 2008

Big screen GPS with the Garmin nuvi 5000

Posted in CES 2008,Garmin,GPS by Darrin Olson on January 4th, 2008

Garmin nuvi 5000 offers larger screen for big usesSure it’s nice to be able to get the same functionality of your electronic gadgets into a smaller package, but smaller isn’t always better for everything. Having a pocket-sized GPS mounted to your dash can sometimes be like an eye chart test for finding destinations and points of interesting while driving your vehicle in traffic. Due to this Garmin is debuting a larger line of GPS units with a big 5.2-inch touch screen, and is packing it with features.

The big screen makes viewing and interacting with the touchscreen easier at arms length, and since they had the extra room they threw in quite a few extra tools. For starters you still get the voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, but it will also save up to 10 routes, keep track of where you have been, find points of interest as well as school zones and safety cams, shows terrain info and you can even have a little vehicle icon instead of the generic arrow representing your car. A couple of other pretty nifty features include an external video input which lets you have video connected to the GPS, such as a back-up camera on your big rig and an FM transmitter so you can listen to the MP3′s loaded on the device through the car’s FM stereo, not to mention the loaded games and audio books owners can take advantage of.

Google using cell towers in lieu of GPS for mapping

Posted in Google,News,Services by Darrin Olson on November 28th, 2007

Google using cellular towers to map the location of mobile phone users without GPSToday Google launched a new beta application that is a small twist on Google Mobile Maps called Google Maps with My Location. The new service runs on Java and is designed for use in mobile devices that may or may not have GPS capabilities to help map the current location of the mobile user.

When launching the new location service application, it can use the phones GPS if available to find your location and mark it on the map with a solid blue dot. If GPS is not available on the mobile device or its maybe being used in a location that cannot receive the GPS signal the service will use the information of the cellular tower that the phone is connected in order to find the general location of the user.

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.

Mio selling new GPS unit at Radio Shack

Posted in GPS,Mio by Nino Marchetti on September 24th, 2007

Mio DigiWalker C320Mio Technology announced today the exclusive unveiling of its new DigiWalker C320 at Radio Shacks nationwide. The GPS device is priced at around $300.

The Mio DigiWalker C320 offers up a 4.3-inch color screen which is touch sensitive. It is preloaded with maps of the United States, including Alaska and Canada. It offers up a split-screen interface, voice-guided directions and information on over 1.7 millions points of interest.

nuvi 260 GPS by Garmin speaks actual street names

Posted in Garmin,GPS by Chetz on August 6th, 2007

nuvi 260 GPS released by GarminGarmin has released the nuvi 260 as another addition to their 200 series lineup and an upgrade from the nuvi 250 released a couple months ago. The major addition to the pocket-size 260 model is that it will actually speak the upcoming street names instead of just providing an upcoming distance.

Many GPS devices, including Garmin’s, give audible turn-by-turn directions but will announce a turn coming with a right or left direction in a specified distance. The nuvi 260 will not only give you the upcoming turn but will also give you the street name that you will be turning on, and I’m sure pronunciations may vary. According to Garmin this feature will make the turn-by-turn directional navigation even easier to use since users can focus more on the road and less at trying to see the street names on the device.

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