July 4, 2008

Garmin Garage - New Garmin Icons for Tour de France


The Tour de France kicks off tomorrow and Garmin is there with their newly sponsored biking team; Team Garmin. Garmin co-sponsors the team with Chipotle the burrito kings of franchisedom. Well, sure enough, just in case you can't bike up the Alp d'Huez yourself, you can download these icons for your Garmin GPS and pretend that you are ahead of the peleton. If you are more of the Race to lunch type, you can also download that burrito and slap it on the screen.

Team Garmin will be using the Edge 705 GPS bike computer for the race. I just posted my Full Review of the Garmin Edge 705 this week.

Download these and other icons at the Garmin Garage

Via Garmin Blogs

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June 29, 2008

Big Green Bus - Veggie and Garmin Powered

biggreenbus.jpgThe Big Green Bus is making a trip this summer across the country to spread the word of renewable powered vehicles; veggie oil in this case. Their round the country tour has already led them to talk to folks in Washington DC< and at this writing has them in New Mexico. After playing a few videos from the article in the Boston Globe this morning, I noticed in this one that the Big Green Bus is being guided by a Garmin Nuvi 600 series. I love the "What is Love" song playing in the background; where are the guys from SNL?

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June 26, 2008

Garmin GPS Astro 200 Collar Gets an Upgrade - DC-30


Garmin announced an Astro upgrade today. Looks like the dog tracker GPS collar gets some better performance just in time for Hunting Season....The main news here is the new collar, the DC-30 that has the bulk of the components on one side of the collar (which hangs at the bottom), while a small GPS antenna sits at the top of the collar; allowing for solid view of the sky and overall better performance. The info is all pushed back to the Astro 220 handheld device that can track up to 30 dogs. The Astro 200 is based on the Garmin GPSMap 60 CSx.

The full press release is below....

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June 18, 2008

Team Garmin - Going to Tour de France

Team Slipstream is now Team Garmin; the name change happening and announced as they are making plans for the Tour de Tours. The sponsorship and backing by the fitness GPS manufacturer has stepped up and is going big time to the biggest biking event in the world.

Not only will the team be racing with the Edge 705 unit (See my First Impressions Review of the Edge 705), but they will also be driving with the Nuvi 770 unit - a unit that has both North American and Euro maps.

The Edge 705 will be used during the race, and hopefully we will get some insight into their performance as they might just upload some of the data online during the race, giving a little insight into what it's like to be in such great shape and to ride such a grueling race.

The Edge 705 represents several breakthroughs in cycling technology, including power compatibility, wireless unit-to-unit connectivity and the ability to monitor GPS position, heart rate, speed, cadence, altitude and gradient on the same display. And Team Garmin will be able to share data - including saved rides, waypoints and workouts -through ANT+Sport™ wireless technology.

Full Press Release Follows...

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May 31, 2008

Costco - Garmin Nuvi 760 - $349


Costco is offering the Garmin Nuvi for $349 online (selling for about $440 at Amazon). The very capable unit has Maps of North America, Speaks Street Names, Bluetooth Handsfree, and TMC Traffic capabilities. Offer through 6/22.

For More Information see my Full Review of the Garmin Nuvi 760

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!!!

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May 29, 2008

Garmin Edge 705 Review - "Holy Grail"


I like the Garmin Edge 705 that I have in for review right now, and it appears that I am not alone. Wired Mag has a review up of the Edge 705 calling it the Holy Grail for cycling enthusiasts, and for good reason. The thing grabs a signal, dumps a ton of information your way, tells you where to go and when you are done, allows you to analyze the data collected from the heart rate monitor, the cadence sensor and if you are really into it, you can get power readouts if you add a compatible powermeter. The sensors are all wireless and the edge is smaller than a deck of cards.

At Amazon - Garmin Edge 705

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May 28, 2008

Best GPS Deal of the Month!; Nuvi 750 at Sam's Club - $299


The Garmin Nuvi 750 is one of the newer and hotter widescreens on the market. With the latest software and the slim new Nuvi design, it makes for a great high-end package. The unit has a long list of features, but a few standouts are:

  • High sensitivity GPS Chipset
  • North American Maps with 6 Million Points of Interest
  • Beautiful, bright widescreen
  • Multi-destination optimization and routing
  • FM Transmitter to send audio played on its MP3 or Audio book player to your car stereo

    See my Full Review of the Garmin Nuvi 750/760/770 for more information.

    Sam's Club has the Nuvi 750 available for $299 right now, while it's running $367 at Amazon as of this writing.

    Thanks to Rick for sending this in!

    (If you want to wait for the Nuvi 760; reportedly the Nuvi 760 will be $349 from 6/2 - 6/8 at Costco - Thanks Thaddeus )

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  • May 19, 2008

    Pink Nuvi on Oprah's Favorite Things for Summer


    Garmin gets a boost from Oprah's top picks for the summer as she adds the Pink Nuvi to her list of hot items for the summer. The Pink version is only available at BestBuy right now. She calls the Nuvi "The perfect road trip gadget."

    On her list at the website, she actually calls out the Nuvi 250, which is still a standard screen (3.5-inch) units that has not just the maps of the continental US (Nuvi 200), but has the maps of all of North America. So if you were planning on hitting any of Canada this year, bump it up to the Nuvi 250. If you don't mind the plain old color, you can get the extra map coverage in the Nuvi 250 for about $20 less online than the Pink one at BestBuy.

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    May 15, 2008

    Garmin Mobile for Blackberry - $99 Lifetime

    Garmin announced a pretty good move today offering Garmin Mobile to the Blackberry crowd for a $99 lifetime fee. The deal offers Garmin maps and a Garmin interface streamed over the network for your GPS enabled Blackberry. Turn by Turn directions will get you there.... all while giving you gas prices, weather and traffic.

    Very much targeted at the traveling business type, the unit should be pretty popular with road warriors, or the growing legion of consumers who are heading out to their kid's games on the weekend tapping away to friends.

    The $99 lifetime fee is a new move from the usual monthly fee or daily/one time use fees on a lot of other navigation plans.

    After the Nuvifone, and launches like this, clearly Garmin has figured that they need to be a part of the mobile phone navigation market.

    Press Release follows....

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    May 7, 2008

    Design a Garmin Garage Winner


    You've seen the icons you can download for the Garmin GPS units, and now you could win a Garmin Nuvi 205 if your icon is the winner of the contest. Every week Garmin will choose 5 weekly winners, for which you will get a t-shirt. At the end of the contest, they will put up all icons for internet voting. If the net likes what you've done, you win the contest and the Nuvi 205.

    Cruise over to Garmin and check out the entries so far. Get creative, and submit your own.

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