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Garmin HUD Projects Navigation on your Windshield

Posted in Garmin by Darrin Olson on October 15th, 2013

Garmin Head Up Display NavigationGarmin has a slick device that pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth and will project a heads-up display of driving directions on your windshield. Along with standard directions it can also show speed, traffic info, speed camera alerts and suggest lanes.

The dasbhoard mountable HUD from Garmin is wireless and will project the display onto a transparent film that sticks to your windshield or onto a reflector lens attached to the device. It works with iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 8 and will require Garmin’s StreetPilot or NAVIGON software.

Garmin Head-Up Display (HUD) Dashboard Mounted Windshield Projector

Samsung SENS-240 Navigation Tablet

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2011

The Samsung SENS-240 hybrid car navigation system / tablet is compatible with your Android-powered Samsung smartphone or tablet. The device uses Bluetooth to take over your voice, data, voice search, and even “video features” from your smartphone when you are behind the wheel.

You can use your smarpthone or tablet as an “advanced” remote when idle. The SENS-240 packs in 256MB of RAM, USB-host mode, and an SD slot in addition to a 1.43GHz processor. For now it’s Korea-only, but who knows where it will show up after a while.

TomTom Go Live 1000 series navigation units

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2010

Soon you will be able to get TomTom’s Go Live 1000 navigation unit. If you’re in Europe, anyway. The company has announced that the 4.3-inch GPS will be available this month, and will soon be followed by the Go Live 1005 in October, which has a larger 5-inch screen.

Both screens are capacitive, with TomTom’s “Fluid Touch”. There’s also a new magnetic windshield mount that lets you easily remove the device when you leave the car. You’ll also get a year of free “HD Traffic” information with each, along with TomTom Weather, IQ Routes, and Local Search with Google.

Android GPS Navigation X-wing Edition

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 12th, 2010

Obsessed with Star Wars? So is Flash-developer Christopher Caleb, who has come up with an Adobe AIR-based app for Android that lets you use an authentic looking X-wing targeting system on your Android device to navigate to your destination.

Sure, you won’t get all the features of your typical GPS apps, like maps, points-of-interest etc, but you will see your destination ahead of you as if you were in the Death Star trench. It also features plenty of Star Wars sounds to complete the experience.

Mio S400 GPS navigation system

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2010

Mio has introduced their S400 GPS navigation system in Korea. The Mio S400 isn’t powered by anything fancy like Android, instead it’s powered by the Windows CE operating system, along with the SiRFStar III GPS chipset.

Some other features include a large 4.3″ touchscreen display and up to 16GB of external memory thanks to a built-in memory card slot. You can get the 2GB version of the Mio S400 for about $100. Still unsure? Well, it did win China’s ‘If’ design award.

Pioneer AVIC X920BT Navigation System

Posted in Pioneer by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2010

Pioneer has unveiled a new double-DIN navigation system at CES, the AVIC X920BT. This new device features a larger 6.1 WVGA touch screen display at 800×600 resolution, a new audio/video and navigation UI, improved voice recognition and updated Eco-routing.

The new user interface is supposedly faster and will provide easier access to such things as destination search, source selection and music search from a connected iPod or iPhone. Some other features include Bluetooth, audio streaming, a USB port, AVICFEEDS iPhone App compatibility and Pioneer’s new proprietary MusicSphere application for creating mood-themed playlists.

Bracketron launches Nav-Mat II

Posted in GPS by Shane McGlaun on December 8th, 2009

navmat2-sgI like my GPS device when I am going on long trips, but I am not a big fan of the windshield mounting. My car has a deep dash and steep windshield, which means the GPS is a long way from me. The suction cup won’t stick to my dash though.

Bracketron has announced a new GPS accessory called the Nav-Mat II that is designed to sit on your dash and hold you GPS device. The mat is flexible and uses something called TemporBond to stay in place.

ArcherMind unveils Android-based Car Navigation System

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2009

ArcherMind unveils Android-based Car Navigation SystemArcherMind has just unveiled the result of their collaboration with Chinese hardware makers, the first in-car navigation system based on Google’s Android operating system. Embedded with an ARM core processor, the system was shown off at the Embedded Technology 2009 event in Japan.

It’s exciting because we’re talking Android, but some other features include an 800 x 480 resolution 7-inch screen, a navigation system that allows you to surf the web, write and receive SMSs and to play audio books. Using 3G Wi-Fi and Bluetooth the system also features a hard disk drive, and an SD card slot for storage.

Pioneer unveils iPhone app that allows interaction with in-dash nav units

Posted in Pioneer by Shane McGlaun on September 22nd, 2009

avicfeeds-sgSome of the new vehicles on the roads today have navigation systems built in from the factory. Other vehicles don’t and the driver has to choose from in-dash navigation units or the type of navigation units that stick to the windshield. The in-dash sort is much better looking and Pioneer offers a while line of them.

Today Pioneer announced a new iPhone app that interacts with two of its high-end in-dash navigation devices including the AVIC-U310BT and the AVIC-Z110BT. Both of the navigation systems can interact with the iPhone app via Bluetooth.

FineDigital releases FineDrive iQ Special navigation device

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2009

FineDigital releases FineDrive iQ Special navigation deviceFineDigital just unveiled their newest navigation device for the Korean market. It’s the FineDrive iQ Special. The FineDrive iQ Special will help drivers with the directions of course, but it also has a feature that helps drivers to study English while they are in the car.

The device comes loaded with eBoyoung’s Dictionary of English Conversational Expressions along with authentic native-speaker voice and A-B repeat function.

Touch and feel navigation

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2009

Touch and feel navigationHere’s a concept that would really help the visually impaired and blind. The Touch & Go navigation system is a combination of a hand gadget and an earpiece that will give you directions as a relief map on its wearable navigator with tactile display.

The scale is 1:1,000 and the center of the display is where the user is currently. An arrow points toward where you should go, while audio through the earphones will speak any other details needed. Pretty interesting take on navigation for the blind.

Sony introduces NV-U3DV Nav-U GPS navigation device

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2009

Sony introduces NV-U3DV Nav-U GPS navigation deviceSony’s new NV-U3DV navigation system should turn a few heads with its large 6.1-inch screen. But that’s not the only thing it has going for it. It sports a 480×272 resolution which will give you bigger buttons and more map space, along with some other unique features like Position+ G, which uses an accelerometer, gyro-sensor, and pressure sensors which help it figure out the direction of the vehicle.

Aside from those features, it has all the usual stuff, even mobile TV in Japan, live traffic information, and various guides from PetaMap. No word on a release in the states just yet, but those in Japan can pick one up in August for around $700.

Dell to turn Netbooks into Navigation Devices

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2009

Dell Vostro 1220 available, starts at $799Soon Dell Netbooks, specifically the Dell Mini 10, will be available with a $69 Wireless 700 Card which will make the netbook navigation capable, just like your smartphone. The Wi-Fi enabled card would let you navigate just like with other devices.

The Wireless 700 card uses a combination of Broadcom’s GPS technology and Skyhook Wireless’ Wi-Fi positioning solutions. The integrated navigation software will provide 2D and 3D map viewing and will help save addresses for trip and route optimization. Users could also geo-tag photos to flickr and get weather updates for a specific location.

TomTom navigation coming to iPhone

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on June 9th, 2009

TomTom teaming with Apple for iPhone navigation appTomTom announced on Tuesday that it would be making it’s navigation software and some hardware pieces available specifically for use with Apple’s iPhone sometime in the not too distant future. TomTom will be offering the navigation software through the iTunes App Store and will also provide some type of charging dock and speakers for use on the go.

The navigation company did say the software would be available for the iPhone 3G but did not specify if it would be available for the newly announced iPhone 3G S version, however logic tells us it will.

FineDrive iQ500 personal navigation system

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

FineDrive iQ500 personal navigation systemThe all new FineDrive iQ500 personal navigation system is powered by an ARM11 600MHz CPU with either 4 or 8GB (SD Card) of memory and support for SDHC cards (up to 32GB).

This gadget also offers a 7 inch (800×480) touchscreen display, Windows Embedded CE 6.0, DMB TV Tuner, and a PMP. The device weighs 370grams and measures 186mm x 120mm x 24mm. The FineDrive iQ500 is currently available only in Korea. No word on when or if it will come to the US.

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