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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.


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.

iPod Touch getting 64GB, GPS?

Posted in iPod Touch by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2008

iPod Touch getting 64GB, GPS?
A few days ago we told you about Apple’s plans to spruce up their iPod line soon. Now there is much speculation that the iPod Touch will soon be geting 64GB capacity and possibly even GPS.

I would say it’s very likely. Even probable. More storage is a must. And if you’ve got some form of GPS already in your ipod, that’s all many people need. It’s just keeping the product up to date and competing. A GPS in an iPod will take a bite out of many other GPS devices, so long as pricing is nice.

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.”

GPS games coming for the Sony PSP

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2008

GPS games coming for the Sony PSP
The Japanese have been using GPS applications on their PSP for awhile, but now it looks like Sony is about to get off it’s ass and bring it Stateside. They are working on a new game that will take advantage of GPS to give the player a totally unique playing experience no matter where you go or where you are.

The new peripheral will change the dynamics of games on the PSP, or so they hope, opening up new ways to play. Sony plans to introduce the whole GPS thing to third party publishers while they brainstorm within their first-party studios.

New Toshiba laptops include Garmin GPS technology

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on July 17th, 2008

Toshiba Qosmio F55

Toshiba earlier this week introduced a new laptop series that integrates Garmin GPS technology into the fold. It is called the Toshiba Qosmio F55 and pricing starts at around $1,400.

The Toshiba Qosmio F55 sports a 15.4-inch screen and is powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and NVIDIA GPUs. The integrated GPS technology by Garmin lets you do all the things you’d typically do with a free-standing GPS system and the system include face recognition technology as well.

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.

Dash Express gets wireless over-the-air updates

Posted in Dash Navigation by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2008

Dash ExpressGPS devices are very nice for getting around areas you aren’t familiar with and many users find units with special features like real-time traffic very useful in daily commutes. One of the GPS devices with the most features is the Dash Express, which we have talked about before.

Dash announced this week that it has become the first GPS manufacturer to offer updates over-the-air for its GPS device. The Dash Express can grab updates via Wi-Fi without the user having to do anything but turn the unit on. In addition to adding the wireless updates, the June08 update adds more features.

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.”

StarChase GPS tracking device

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2008

StarChase GPS tracking device
Police chases are dangerous, plus they use up a ton of precious fuel. Bottom line, they can cost Police a lot of money and innocent people can get killed. It’s not like anyone can actually get away from the police anyway, but criminals are never short on stupidity.

Thanks to new tracking technology, the police won’t have to endure dangerous chases. Instead, they have the option of shooting a tracking device that sticks to the car and then let the perp get away while they put together some backup and then safely handle the situation on their terms. The device is a small GPS receiver, with a wireless transmitter and battery that would be fired from the bumper of a police cruiser.