New Navman GPS Receivers: iCN 720 and iCN 750 with Cameras
Navman launched several GPS receivers today with some pretty interesting features. The big news is out of the iCN 720 and iCN 750 which are equipped with NavPix service and a 1.3 megapixel camera. This feature and service allows you to take pictures of locations, let’s say your favorite restaurant, and then save that image as the Point of Interest image that you navigate to. The NavPix service will also allow you to upload and download pictures of locations, sharing them with friends and family. So while this is using still images to show locations, it's a step along the pathway from boring colored maps to Google Earth type navigation using satellite images to navigate through. Sure it would chew up a ton of disk space, but hard drive costs are always falling.
Navman iCN 720 and iCN750
The main difference between the models is that the iCN 720 comes equipped with an SD card slot for loading maps, while the iCN750 comes equipped with a 4GB hard drive and maps are pre-loaded on the unit. The two units come with dedicated buttons for finding the nearest gas station and parking facility (a good thing when you are navigating in cities), and both share a 4 inch wide screen.
Both the iCN720 and iCN750 boast the latest 4-inch, high-resolution screen with 70 percent more pixels than most products available on the market today. This high-quality display offers a crystal-clear 3D view of the route. Navman has developed a new software interface to accompany this widescreen format, with user-friendly touch screen and soft keys to easily access navigation functions. Most satellite navigation products on the market today offer QVGA screens (320x240 pixels) while the iCN720 and iCN750 are equipped with the world s first WQVGA high resolution screen (480x272 pixels).
Smart navigation: Escape traffic jams
The optional traffic pack makes the Navman iCN 700 series the ultimate tool for all motorists. The iCN720 and iCN750 display live traffic information as icons on the map and provide you with all the information you need about the road ahead. Users can easily plan their trip, view incidents and re-route to avoid problems. The traffic pack is plug-and-play and includes a free, lifetime traffic subscription for the UK, France and Germany, with no need for additional equipment and no hidden data costs.
The iCN720 and iCN750 models will be available from leading retailers and e-tailers starting in May 2006 in the UK. Both units come with a car suction mount, cigarette lighter adaptor, carry case, USB cable and main power adaptor. The iCN720 will retail for £399 and the iCN750 for £549 inc. VAT. The traffic pack is available separately for approximately £100 inc. VAT.
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Posted by Scott Martin at March 30, 2006 6:31 AM