March 23, 2007

Garmin Nuvi Mini-Site - Wallpapers

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So if you know you already want the Garmin Nuvi 200, then you might be interested in getting some Nuvi Wallpaper for your computer. Check out the Garmin Nuvi 200 mini-site and click on wallpaper for a few different designs.

at Garmin Nuvi 200 Mini-site

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March 20, 2007

Garmin GPS in Hondas for Europe

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Garmin has been selected as the exclusive supplier of compact navigation devices to Honda Access Europe N.V. The customized units (a derivative of a Nuvi 360) will be available for six different Honda models of vehicle including the Civic (3 door and 5 door), Accord Sedan, Accord Tourer and CR-V.

The unit is a custom product with features that are specifically designed to complement Honda vehicles. It contains a preloaded Honda database so drivers can always find their nearest dealership and has a custom dash board attachment with an integrated power supply. There is a unique mount for each vehicle dash board, which means no visible wiring and when the navigation device is removed, a matching cap discretely hides the mount.

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Hot Selling Nuvi 350 at Amazon - $399


Just thought I would point out how fast people can jump on a well priced solid GPS. The Garmin Nuvi 350 that was dropped $50 to $399 at Amazon this past week is now the #2 seller in electronics, right behind an $11 USB drive. That's pretty impressive.

If you doubted the demand for GPS units at all, you’d have to look at this and think that we’re sitting on a gusher here.

Should be interesting to see what happens when the Nuvi 200/250/270 line goes on sale later this year.

Nuvi 350 at Amazon

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March 15, 2007

Navigon 5100 and 7100

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Navigon has announced the Navigaon 5100 and 7100 GPS navigation systems at CeBit, and while I have run into some devices with Navigon software that I didn’t like, they have a new interface that looks fantastic and offers what they call “Reality View”. This innovative approach sets you in the driver’s seat and it shows the road laid out ahead of you on the GPS receiver, with signs overhead, and a directional arrow that shows you where to go.

The Navigon 7100 has a 4.3 inch widescreen, while the Navigon 5100 has a normal aspect ratio 3.5 inch screen. The designs are fresh and sleek looking with a Samsung 400 Mhz processor and some serious features to keep you going: Speed assistant, lane Assistant, Voice input, and a log book. The 7100 will come with TMC capability, and it is Bluetooth compatible.

Prices are about 450 – 500 Euros for the Navigon 7100 and 350 – 400 Euros for the Navigon 5100 depending on the maps that are loaded (regional or pan-Euro).

Via and SlashGear

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March 14, 2007

Location Based Services set to Boom

Frequent readers of GPS Lodge may have seen that I expect mobile phone navigation to explode this year, and here is an article that talks about the broader landscape of location based services and how it is ready to more than double in sales this year and next. According to an article on Computer World, Brent Iadarola, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said revenues for location services in the U.S. were about $208 million last year, but that number that should hit $605 million by the end of this year and is expected to double to $1.3 billion at the end of 2008. The number of users of location services by the end of 2008 should exceed 17 million, and it will reach nearly 70 million in 2011, he said.

Roughly speaking this includes mobile phone navigation but it also includes services that help track municipal vehicles, and allow you to track your running workouts via your mobile phone. Big growth ahead!

ReadMore at Computer World

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New GPS at CeBit

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On the eve of CeBit, I wanted to round up what we already know and talk a bit more about the GPS market in the US. We already know about new units from TomTom, Garmin, as well as some new iGo navigation software which is the navigation engine for the Mio line; hopefully the Mio line will upgrade with the core iGo software upgrade.

TomTom will launch the:

  • TomTom ONE XL – widescreen version of the TomTom ONE
  • TomTom GO 715 - a connected TomTom GO unit with a SIM chip in it for mobile phone system connectivity and the
  • TomTom Duo – an integrated stereo and navigation unit.

    Garmin will launch the:

  • Nuvi 200/250/270 line that is expected to be a lower end addition to the Nuvi line to replace the older StreetPilot C-series.

    Magellan Will Show off the Maestro Line:

  • The Magellan Maestro 4000, 4040, and the Maestro 4050 with voice command capabilities will be at CeBit.


    Expect other announcements from Navigon, Holux, iGo, Mio, Sanyo, Trimble and dozens of other companies that are racing to the market with GPS navigation systems

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  • March 13, 2007

    New iGo Software at CeBit

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    NavNGo will be showing off their newly designed iGo navigation software platform at CeBit this week in Germany. The platform that runs the Mio C310x and others will hopefully get siphoned into the upcoming Mio products that we are looking forward to this Spring, like the Mio C250, C320, C520 and C720. The new interface will feature a sharper 3-D rendering as well as a split “Basic” and “expert” mode in the interface. Others have tried this not making the difference obvious which sends the expert user in circles looking for functionality that should absolutely be there…. (Trust me on this I was pulling my hair out.)

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    March 12, 2007

    Thieves Target Marine GPS Units Too

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    So while you may know that stolen GPS units are on the rise for automobiles, you should also know that stolen GPS units in boats are a hot commodity too. So while you might be paying a few hundred dollars for your auto unit, boat owners regularly pay a few thousand for theirs, and that hurts a lot when it goes missing. One boat owner found out the hard way that his GPS unit wasn't safe... thieves came in clipped the wires and took off. Apparently he isn't the only one in the area.

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    March 2, 2007

    Arctic Travels with GPS - The Arctic Arc

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    So I thought I was tough going for my geocaching hikes aroud the woods, stopping off for a quick water stop... how about trekking over 2,600 miles from Siberia to Greenland on skis? Apparently a Garmin GSPMAP 60CSX (See my Garmin GPSMap 60CSx review) is guiding them in their travels. The planned 110 day trek got underway yesterday, and will be part of educational programs along the way.

    You can track the progress at the Arctic Arc website.

    Via Garmin Blogs


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    March 1, 2007

    Uniden MapTrax GPS352 and GPS402

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    After a bit of a delay, Uniden has entered the GPS market in the US with the launch of their previously announced units - MapTrax GPS352 and MapTrax GPS402 GPS systems.

    The units will be flat form factors and will be powered by NAVTEQ maps. The GPS402 will feature a 4-inch touchscreen, while the GPS352 will feature the more common 3.5-inch touchscreen. Both have SiRF star III chipsets.

    More at Uniden


    Original Press Release follows…

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