July 30, 2010
Garmin's new GPSMAP line is now shipping, with the top end GPSMAP 62st now available with its long list of capabilities. At the core you get a highly accurate handheld GPS with pre-loaded 100K TOPO maps, a 3-axis compass, a barometric altimeter, wireless data sharing among other Garmin wireless handhelds (it's great to beam routes, tracks and waypoints to others in the party), with a 2.6-inch sunlight readable display that makes it all come together.
Running on a pair of "AA" batteries, the GPSMAP 62st will go up to a claimed 20 hours of use. That's a lot of trails, geocaching or biking with the unit. It is also paperless geocaching capable, with the ability to download, geocache locations and mark them found with notes when you get there. You can also use BirdsEye downloadable satellite images (subscription required), and the unit comes with a micro SD card slot which makes adding additional maps a breeze.
now Shipping at Amazon - Garmin GPSMAP 62st
July 29, 2010
The Garmin Approach G5 is a Deal of the Day today at Amazon at $299. The very capable golf GPS can help understand where you are on the course, distance to pin and offer some significant insight into your golf game with Garmin's new free Stat Tracking software (putts per round, greens hit in regulation, fairways hit and the average distance you hit every club)
With over 13,000 courses available free without a subscription, Garmin offers just about anyone a great set of courses to play on. Check out the current course listing at Garmin.
At Amazon - Deal of the Day - Garmin Approach G5
July 28, 2010
Inrix announced an expansion of their European coverage to more markets. They appear poised to replicate their US capabilities in superior coverage and quality of service. Press release is below.....
INRIX® today announced it has expanded its European real-time traffic coverage to 18 countries making it the largest traffic network in Europe.
With the launch of real-time traffic information in Ireland, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia since February, INRIX traffic services now cover more than 1 million kilometers of motorways, city streets and secondary roads, throughout Europe -- more than 2X the amount of real-time road coverage of its nearest competitor.
INRIX now offers European real-time traffic information in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom.
INRIX also announced an agreement with road safety products and services company Coyote Systems to provide real-time traffic information in future Coyote products. As Coyote's preferred global provider of traffic information, INRIX and Coyote will work together to apply each other's expertise in user-generated content for the development of future products and services across Europe.
Building upon its expansion in Europe, INRIX has hired Rolf Kanne, the former head of sales for NAVTEQ's T-Systems Traffic, and Guillaume Taton, an experienced mobile and navigation industry professional. As these two industries converge, Rolf and Guillaume offer European customers a unique perspective having worked in mobile and automotive companies throughout the course of their careers.
July 22, 2010
TomTom reported earnings and they are up 69% vs year ago; not bad coming off a big recession when people had a death grip on their wallets. The bad news is that the market is definitely shifting as they are keeping their expectations for the coming year in line with what they just saw - as in not much growth if anything.
So while they reported a 69% growth in profit, they also reported a sales decline of 2% overall. The improved profit picture was as a result of lower finance costs; presumably of the debt they took on to buy TeleAtlas. They also aid back nearly a billion dollars in loans to help their finances.
Shares of the PND market are up for TomTom in both the European market (44% up to 49% vs. Year ago), and in North America (19% up to 23% vs. year ago) in the second quarter.
A couple of interesting tidbits:
- TomTom signed a deal with Twitter to "Make its tweets more location relevant by basing its Twitter Places service on TomTom's Points of Interest."
- TomTom WORK, the service that allows for some centralized control of GPS units for small businesses grew its subscriber base by 42% in the quarter compared to the same quarter last year to 115,000. That's a pretty good increase in a down market. Seems like small businesses are trying to squeeze more productivity out of their existing fleets with this service.
- TomTom's HD traffic was recognized by in a German study by TUV SUD for its "superior quality" indicating that it had better quality and coverage; besting the second placed traffic information service by 50% in the accuracy measure.
July 21, 2010
Glympse is one of my favorite iPhone Apps, and if you haven't tried it, you should check it out. Really is one of the best location based services ideas that I have seen come out.
It allows you to send your location for a set time duration to a set of friends so they know your whereabouts. Works great for me when i am traveling to see others of meet them at a certain location. You fire up the Glypmse App, choose to send a Glypmse to a friend via email or text. They get a short URL, tap on it and see a map of your location and some information (short message from you, and optionally your speed). It does not give you directions on how to get to a destination so you would use it in conjunction with a GPS if you needed one. They recently updated the service to send a Tweet on Twitter of your location or post to your Facebook wall with a little self contained application that shows your location right on Facebook (see video below).
With the new multi-tasking on the iOS 4 for the iPhone, Glympse can do its stuff in the background while you do what you want while traveling. It's a free download and it is available on the iPhone, Android, and Windows mobile.
More at Glympse
July 19, 2010
Garmin's new Nuvi 295 is 40+% off at $149 today only at Amazon. The new Nuvi gives you a Mobile Phone-like form factor with both portrait and landscape navigation views along with a good set of features including the basics like text to speech and millions of Points of interest to get you around the US or Canada, but also a 3MP camera and WiFi to enable features like checking email, getting attachments in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and in PDF's. This also allows you to have one-touch navigation from addresses in your email. Very good.
At Amazon - Garmin Nuvi 295W for $149
Magellan has introduced a few more handheld eXplorist GPS units the Magellan eXplorist 510, 610 and 710 - all designed to make your time int eh outdoors just a bit better. Each unit feature a 3-inch touchscreen, a 3.2 mega pixel camera, a microphone and speaker to record voice notes, and all are waterproof to IPX-7 standards. All units feature one-touch favorites menu, and two user programmable hard buttons to help customize the unit for you. Paperless Geocaching is standard across the lone of eXplorists also - a nice touch that is an expectation of most Geocachers these days.
The eXplorist 710 includes both Magellan's highly detailed Summit Series topographic map and its City Series turn-by-turn map which allows users to navigate their vehicles through busy city streets on their way to their outdoor adventures. The eXplorist 610 and 710 feature a 3-axis electronic compass and a barometric altimeter that provide precise orientation, accurate elevation information, and enables for weather pattern tracking.
Full Press release below after the jump.....
Continue reading: "Magellan eXplorist 510, 610 and 710 - Touchscreen and 3.2 MP Camera"
July 16, 2010
I have always dreamed of a smarter GPS, better traffic understanding, better local road understanding and better "me" understanding. Garmin seems to be taking on the last one with MyTrends. The Garmin Nuvi 3700 series (3750, 3760T and 3790T) will take your favorite destinations and learn what the routes are and where you are likely headed to automatically pop up the route, the traffic (on the "T" models) and your expected time of arrival. Cool stuff. The new super thin Nuvi 3700 series (did Apple copy Nuvi's square design for the iPhone 4?) was announced a few months ago and they packed a whole lot into a super slim form factor.
"With myTrends, when you save your regular destinations in your "Favorites," your nüvi 3790T will, over time, begin to figure out where you're going even without your telling it! It provides time of arrival and relevant traffic information. So whether you're driving to and from work or a regularly scheduled weekly event, your nüvi 3790T will help you get there on time."
The MyTrends feature will start to learn regular trips of yours and understand that you are going to that weekly meeting or daily trip to work and bring up the best route with relevant information. The trick is to do this with accuracy and not automatically plan my trip to work when I am driving to the grocery store.
This learning feature is hopefully just the start of some smarter GPS capabilities. I would like to see route feedback where the GPS learns from me that my shortcuts are faster than its mass market route planning, or that the trip on the highway isn't always the fastest because it learned from my habits. We'll get there.
The Garmin 3700 series is now shipping at Amazon: