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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.

Lenovo X1 heads for China

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2009

Lenovo X1 heads for ChinaLenovo unveiled its new mobile phone, named the X1. The X1 is a 3.2-inch WQVGA display, slide-out phone which uses Tri-Band and EDGE networks. Some other features are built-in GPS and a MicroSD slot for memory expansion.

As far as dimensions, the phone is a close match for the iPhone. The new X1 has a sleek look with a feather touch interface on the front panel and smooth edges. It’s a shame this phone will only be available in China for the moment.

TomTom offers new map subscription service

Posted in TomTom by Shane McGlaun on March 20th, 2009

tomtom-logo-sbI’ve mentioned before that I like GPS devices. However, when the maps start to get out of date or there is heavy road construction in your area that was recently completed it can leave the maps inside the system lacking. There is nothing worse than having your GPS tell you to take a route that has roads that no longer exist.

TomTom has announced a new service called the Map Update Service that allows customers to get quarterly map updates for a year. The price of the service is $39.80 for four updates per year or $9.95 per individual update.

Garmin gets truckin’ with new GPS device

Posted in Garmin by Shane McGlaun on March 19th, 2009

garmin465t-sbI really like GPS devices and have owned several of them over the years. GPS is much better than having to stop and ask directions or having to listen to the wife tell me I need to stop and ask directions. I always figured that the big rigs on the road had built-in GPS, and I am sure many do.

Garmin has announced a new GPS device for long haul truckers that may make some want to upgrade even if their rig has GPS built-in. The new nuvi 465T is a GPS device that allows truckers to put in the length, width, height, and weight of their truck along with cargo type and the GPS device will find routes that the truck can safely and legally take.

Kogan GPS watch with Bluetooth

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2009

Kogan GPS watch with BluetoothKogan’s Android smartphone might be put on hold indefinitely, but that doesn’t mean the Australian company doesn’t have some other stuff in their Kangaroo pouches. Meet the Kogan GPS Watch which is touted as “the most feature packed watch on the market”. It merges Bluetooth, GPS navigation, a pedometer and altimeter timepiece among other features in a single device.

If you’re the MacGuyver type who plans on a lot of outdoor adventures, then this GPS watch is for you. It will record the exercise you are getting while plotting your route using Google Earth. Also features a built-in thermometer and speedometer, alarm, stopwatch and timer.

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.

Hack your VCR for some surprising finds

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2009

I bet you have an old VCR lying around that you’ve been dying to dissect, but you just haven’t gotten to it yet. What are you waiting for? Do you not want another iPod Touch? Wait. Do you have marshmallows?

Or maybe it’s the thought of the little monster inside that has you scared. Just do it already. What’s the worst that could happen?

Garmin unveils new nuvi navigation devices at CeBIT

Posted in Garmin by Shane McGlaun on March 3rd, 2009

Garmin nuvi 1300GPS devices are becoming very common for not only automotive use, but for those needing directions when walking or riding a bike. Garmin is one of the biggest names in GPS navigation and the company announced several new GPS models at CeBIT 2009 in Germany today.

The new models are in the nuvi 1200 and 1300 families and all offer thin profiles with the ability to give directions when driving or walking. One new feature of all the devices is optional CityXplorer maps that are available for select tourist destinations around the globe.

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.

Review: Clarion MiND mobile internet navigation

Posted in Review by Darrin Olson on February 8th, 2009

Clarion MiND hands on reviewThe Clarion MiND appears to be a GPS navigation device at heart, but expanded into a special type of mobile internet hybrid device packed with connectivity and applications bringing dangerously close to a mobile PC, but just not quite. The mobile device has many addition features such as an internet browser, YouTube viewer, media player, file storage, weather, news, maps and of course navigation but runs its own type of hard-wired OS that leaves little for customizations.

The MiND is basically a small mobile computer running on an 800 MHz Intel Atom processor with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage (with an additional MicroSD card slot) and connects to the world via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and of course GPS. It also houses a couple of USB ports for connecting and transferring data, a headphone jack, speaker and docking port for an included dash mounting kit.

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.

Garmin showcases new MFD aircraft units

Posted in Aircraft by Nino Marchetti on January 22nd, 2009

Garmin GDU 375

Garmin added today a couple of new full function multi-function displays for those enjoying the light sport retrofit and experimental aircraft markets. The GDU 370 and GDU 375 are set to be available this March for around $3,300 and $4,000, respectively.

Garmin says these new seven-inch, portrait displays are designed to be viewable day or night. A variety of controls are built into these displays. For example, dedicated keys on the display’s right side have specific functions such as nearest, direct to, flight plan, zoom in/out and menu. The backs of these MFDs also have connection ports for external GPS and XM antennas, and a 50-pin connector for power/ground and interfaces.

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.