June 14, 2006

Garmin Fires up New GPS Production Line

Garmin's business is on fire - earnings are through the roof and their volume is doing well (see our post Garmin Profit up 86% - Announce Stock Split). I would imagine that the production lines were screaming late last year trying to keep up with the holiday demand. Well, they have started production on their newly aquired production line in northern Taiwan. According to DigiTimes, "Garmin Corporation, the Taiwan subsidiary... began operation of its second GPS (global positioning system) device production line in northern Taiwan last month with trial production occurring this month, according to company chairman Min Kao.

Via DigiTimes

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June 12, 2006

Moving Testimonial From Garmin Fan

So we know you love your GPS, but does your life depend on it? We Garmin has been working hard to make high quality GPS units, and we have previously reported on Garmin GPS units going over to Iraq pre-loaded with local maps. Well over a the Garmin Blog there is a testimonial that lays it all on the line and tells you the importance of this Garmin GPS in one soldier's life:

" I am a convoy Security Escort Team Leader in Iraq. My job is to escort cargo anywhere the military wants it to go, in Iraq. We travel to the worst places while escorting truckloads of equipment that is usually being turned over to the Iraqi National Guard or the Iraqi Police....

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$100 rebate on Garmin GPSMap 76Cx and GPSMap 76CSx

Just a reminder, This rebate offer goes through July 9th!

Garmin is running a $100 rebate on their powerful GPSMap 76Cx and GPSMap 76CSx handheld GPS units if you purchased the units between now and July 9, 2006.

If you buy one of these you may also be interested in the Americas Bluechart Map CD ROM that offers detailed marine maps.

The GPSMap 76Cx is a color outdoor and marine handheld (both models float) GPS that features the highly sensitive SiRF star III chipset, and comes loaded with features that rival most other handheld units in the marketplace. This unit features a removable microSD card for detailed mapping memory and a waterproof, rugged housing. The microSD card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment. Users can load map data and transfer routes and waypoints through the unit’s fast USB connection.

If you want the barometric altimeter and compass, upgrade to the GPSMap 76CSx.

Access the rebate card here.

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June 6, 2006

New MotionBased Software Announced

MotionBased is reporting that they have released a new version of their agent that will make for a few changes in their system. Recall that MotionBased is an online service, owned by Garmin, that allows you to upload GPS information about your training loops so that you can view them online and analyze them. We reviewed MotionBased, before Garmin bought them late last year and like it a lot for its display of data and its ability to “Dot Race”. Dot Racing is the ability to race one day’s training loop vs another day’s training loop graphically on the map. It can really help you understand where you slowed down and where your trouble spots are. Motionbased is free for a basic version of the service, while full features cost between $7.95 and $11.95 per month depending on your payment plan.

A summary of the new software changes are:

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June 5, 2006

Quick Overview of the Fitness GPS Market


There's a decent overview of the Fitness GPS market floating around that I thought I would pass along. It discusses the well known Garmin Forerunner series. Two other products it discusses work with mobile phones as part of your fitness routine. I don't know about you, but I never go for a run or long bike ride without my phone. It seems like a natural fit. The story dicusses the FWRD products out of Europe, and the Bones in Motion (BIM) product/service.

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June 4, 2006

New Toyota FJ Cruiser with Available Garmin Quest 2


Have you seen one of these around town lately? They look great and very retro. Anyway, if you wanted to drop some bucks on this seemingly capable on and off-roader, you can drop a few more and get the optional Garmin Quest 2 GPS available this summer direct through Toyota. Looks good sitting in its own little dash holder (see photo below). The Quest 2 features auto-routable, turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation with automatic off-route and detour recalculation. With the brilliant 256-color backlit TFT display, the Quest 2 is easy to read in any light. This waterproof unit also has a rechargeable internal lithium-ion battery that provides up to 20 hours of use; of course it comes with a 12V charger for the vehicle.

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June 1, 2006

Maps of Iran Released for Garmin

So, you thought you might want to go to Iran but couldn't find a suitable map fo the trip? Bring your Garmin along and download some maps of Tehran and the surrounding area. LeadDog Consulting, LLC and GPS World Supply have released GPS maps for Iran. Coverage includes detailed street level maps of Tehran and Major Roads nationwide. LeadDog and GPS World Supply offer the only truly accurate Iran GPS maps in the world. (Recall GPS World Supply was involved in getting Garmin GPS units loaded with Map data of Iraq. Marine units going there used these units. See our Story.)

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May 31, 2006

New Icons for Garmin C510, C530, C550 and Nuvi


The folks over a the Garmin Blog have let us know about the ability to upload new icons to either the Nuvi, or the StreetPilot C510, C530 , or C550 GPS units. There are four generic vehicles, a sports car, a 4X4 truck, a compact Mini looking car and a motorcycle, as well as a 3-D pointer arrow. They can be had in 8 colors, and the upload to the device looks pretty simple.


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May 30, 2006

Garmin Radio Spots Available

Garmin is running radio spots this year, and they have them available for a listen online. They all focus on troubles that we have all most likely run into; traffic issues, being late due to traffic, getting lost in new cities, or travel to a new location where you have no idea where you are, and neither do others. Have a listen:

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May 16, 2006

GPS Review: Garmin iQUE 3000

CNet has a quick video review of the new Garmin iQue 3000. The iQue 3000 is a Palm based PIM/PDA that will still perform the basic funcitons of a PDA while welcoming you with the familiar "Where to?" and "View Maps" interface that graces many Garmin devices. It has basic Palm functionality while offering a flip up antenna that will pull down the satellite signals for GPS funcitons. Check it out at CNet.

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