February 17, 2010

Garmin Oregon Delivers a Rescue


The Garmin Oregon series is a touchscreen handheld unit with a lot of capabilities, but one you won't find listed on the box under "Electronic Compass" and "Barometric Altimeter" is "Lifesaver". For one set of boaters coming home from hunting out on the lake, their Garmin Oregon was a lifesaver. Not only did the coordinates of their overturned boat help guie rescuers, but the screen's brightness helped the rescuers find the overturned boat in the darkness as the owner flagged them down with it held high in the air.

Garmin gets a lot of consumer letters, I am sure, but this one is worth a read; it's pretty good.

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February 11, 2010

Chance to Win a Garmin FR60

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Garmin is urging folks to take the training to a new level and join the Garmin Connect fitness service. If you register between now and March 31st, you could with the Garmin FR 60 sport watch with a heart rate monitor. The Garmin connect service allows you to store your runs, hikes, bike rides, etc online and share the routes with others in the community. Need a route? Grab one of the millions of routes that have been uploaded by others worldwide. It's free to sign up; more at Garmin Connect where you can see what devices are compatible with the service.

Don't have a device and want one? Well Garmin is also running a $50 Rebate on a Forerunner 405 model until May 31. Perfect for that summer training. At Amazon - the Garmin Forerunner 405

  

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February 3, 2010

Garmin Nuvifone M10 - GPS Smartfone

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Garmin is releasing its third smartphone in the line, and from the looks here, a much improved version of the previous ones. It will be loaded with the windows mobile operating system and have a 3.5-inch touchscreen. With 4GB of internal memory and up to 32GB of optional microSD card capacity, the phone will be primed for plenty of photos through its 5 megapixel camera. Of course because it's a Garmin, the photos will be automatically tagged with the location that they were taken through the automatic geoencoding.

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January 21, 2010

Garmin Nuvi 1490TV - Yes TV on the Garmin - Just Not in US

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Garmin announced that they are launching the Nuvi 1490TV, a widescreen GPS with built in DVB-T television receiver to grab over the air signals in countries other than the US.... like most of Europe. The idea of jamming a TV receiver into a GPS isn't new, but it's news for Garmin who is adding the capability to a unit that has a lot going for it already. With the 5.0-inch widescreen, text to speech, and Bluetooth handsfree capabilities it starts to feel high end.

Watching TV while Driving down the motorway? Not quite - Garmin staved off those plans by configuring the unit to not show TV while moving. Hey, it's a GPS, it should know this type of stuff.

It goes on sale in the Spring and will cost 299 Euro or about $425.

Full press release below.......

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January 20, 2010

Garmin Zumo 220 - Affordable Motorcycle Navigation GPS


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Garmin has been feeling the impact of the recession and they recognize that they need to move to more affordable position for their products (compared to the bigger Zumo 660), and the motorcycle market is not left out in the cold. The new Zumo 220 is a slimmed down unit with a few features shaved off, but still a motorcycle GPS through and through. The glove friendly has features like being IPX7 water proof, special motorcycle dashboards, and the ability to load up cruiser routes on the back roads and follow them. You don't get the widescreen, Bluetooth capabilities that the Zumo 660 offers, but maybe you don't need it.

Available in March - just in time for warmer weather. Grab one for the street price of $599.

More at the Garmin Product Page for the Zum0 220

Full Press Release after the jump....

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January 19, 2010

Garmin: Aerial Images for Handheld GPS - BirdsEye

Garmin announced that it will begin offering BirdsEye Satellite and Aerial Imagery, an annual subscription service that gives users the option of loading highly-detailed photo-based maps to select Garmin handheld navigators. Compatible with the Dakota, Colorado and Oregon series, the subscription costs $29 per year. Not a bad price and offers Garmin a bit more of a diversified income stream while capitalizing on its large base of handheld users.

“Without a doubt, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery reinforces Garmin as the leader in outdoor cartography,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Whatever the occasion, outdoor explorers can find the ideal Garmin handheld and accompanying maps to complement their specific requirements.”

BirdsEye Imagery is raster-based, meaning it is compiled using actual aerial photos and images that are scanned, geo-referenced and overlaid onto the handheld GPS receiver’s display. Unlike vector cartography, the resulting images depict actual buildings, vehicles, roads, trails, and land features found nearby – giving explorers a unique understanding of their surroundings.

The images are among the most highly-detailed available – offering 0.5 meter per pixel resolution in many areas of the United States. Users can also view imagery at every zoom level – from 12 miles to 20 feet – unlike other offerings that force users to stay at pre-determined zoom levels. BirdsEye Satellite Imagery also lets users overlay vector maps, to get a better idea of terrain contours and points of interest. The data is collected by DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution world-imagery products and services.

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January 5, 2010

Garmin Zumo 665 - XM Traffic and XM Weather Overlays

You probably already know about the Garmin Zumo series of motorcycle GPS units that are designed from the ground up to work for motorcyclists; waterproof, glove friendly, and loaded with features like advanced routing capabilities and text to speech.

Garmin announced a new Zumo 665 that comes with the GXM 40 XM antenna, giving you access to XM radio (your own subscription is needed), and XM Nav Weather - with up to the minute NAXRAD radar on the unit. Very cool overlay that we've been hoping for since Garmin launched a Marine GPS with similar capabilities back in 2006. The XM NavTraffic is also available, but you might not need it while cruising the back roads and cruisers that keep you the heck out of traffic.

The List Price is a steep $999, and should be available in Q1 2010.

Full Press Release Below....

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Garmin Voice Studio - Record your own GPS Voice Commands

Garmin has launched a PC program to allow users to record your voice through the computer, then load the files onto your compatible Nuvi. Sorry no Mac version (hopefully soon), but the program will allow you to create a fun set of commands to make the Nuvi truly yours. Um, TomTom did this type of thing a while ago, and honestly, it was a lot of fun to have a custom set of voice commands. I had a few kids in the family record the commands and it's still fun to hear the voice tracks years later.

The program will allow non-text to speech commands; there are only a finite set of commands, making the whole task about 30 minutes long.

Full press release below.....

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Garmin EcoRoute HD - Plug In, Save Gas

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Garmin must have had a decent reception to the ecoRoute, and already laid plans for the implementation of a more powerful, accurate system that plugs into your car to read its onboard computer. The ecoRoute HD plugs into your car's data port (betchya didn't know that most newer cars have them) then wirelessly transmits the data stream to compatible Garmin Nuvi units to give you insight into your green driving habits, engine loads, and engine error codes.

The cost is $149, but I am not sure the average guy is going to save that much gas by changing your driving habits. The whole thing has to appeal to the inner data geek (like me), to compile reams of information that is casually interesting to pretty much any other data geek.

See the data "dongle" below.


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Garmin Approach G3 - Affordable Golf GPS

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Garmin announced the Garmin Approach G3, a less expensive, very capable golf GPS that comes pre-loaded with over 12,000 golf courses - see a list of US courses. The Approach G3 smaller unit (2.6-inch screen) than its sibling the Approach G5, which has a 3.0-inch screen. The courses come pre-loaded, and don't require a subscription. the detailed course maps give you a read on the hole, and distance to hazards, greens and holes.

The Approach G3 will list for $349.


More at Garmin for the Approach G3


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