Medion MD RIM1000 UMPC Tablet with Built in GPS


Hitting the internet right in the middle of CES 2007 week, is this news that Medion is coming to the US with this sleek looking UMPC tablet. The MD RIM1000 unit is apparently comes with some decent stats; which include an onboard GPS system, a 6.5 inch touchscreen, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi, and a DVB-T tuner. Apparently this is going to be available January 30th. We’ll see. No pricing yet.

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Bushnell ONIX 400CR with XM Weather


We saw a little bit of the Bushnell ONIX 400CR in December, and Bushnell officially announced the ONIX 400CR at CES 2007 today. The Bushnell 400CR is a color handheld GPS unit that features XM Satellite weather and radar that is superimposed right on top of the map for up to date views of the weather situation around you. This is a great innovation, and one that I think is trendsetting. (It plays XM music too, so you don't get bored hunting or goecaching.)

"XM and Bushnell have developed a product that packs the power of XM's music and entertainment, along with a continuous pipeline to the situational data like weather and GPS into a single device," said Michael Hooper, manager, Advanced Application and Services, XM Satellite Radio. "Now consumers can continuously hold the most intuitive, up-to-date and comprehensive weather data and entertainment content in the palm of their hands." "We are pleased to partner with XM to develop a revolutionary device. The product is designed for the outdoor enthusiast looking for the most advanced GPS device available, and will be among the more affordable products in this area," said Phil Gyori, vice president of marketing at Bushnell.

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Clifford Scout 420 Wins CES Innovation Award


So some were perplexed and even pissed off when we reported on the Clifford Scout 420 GPS that resembles a Sony PSP. Well, the Clifford Scout 420 just received an Innovation Award for the CES 2007 show. The Clifford Scout420 SIRIUS-Ready Portable Navigation System and Personal Media Player is a multi-faceted portable navigation system with pre-loaded North American maps and more than 2 million points of interest, which also functions as a 20GB Personal Media Player with a large bright 4.3 inch color touch-screen. Unlike any other combined portable navigation system and PMP on the market, the Scout420 is also SIRIUS-Ready! The optional SIRIUS Cradle (MSRP: $99) for the Scout420 allows it to receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio ($12.95/mo.). The Scout420 features a 100 channel FM transmitter, AV-in and Mini-USB for recording from TV, DVD or camcorder, a compact portable design and 3-hour internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It comes with a carrying case, cigarette lighter adapter, AC adapter, car mounting kit, USB cable, memory card, and owner's guide. The product will be available in late February with an expected street price of $699.

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Sanyo NVM-4070 and NVM-4050


Sanyo has announced a couple of new updates to their GPS line; coming to you from the CES 2007 show. The higher end Sanyo Easy Street NVM-4070, and the Mid-tier Easy Street NVM-4050. The NVM-4070 is pretty feature packed with TMC Traffic, text-to-speech, and a big 4 inch touchscreen. The unit also features music playback and you can even watch MPEG/Divx movies with the built-in video player; you can load your movies or songs via the SD card slot. The NVM-4050 still has the 4 inch screen, but skips the traffic and video features. Both are nicely built on the SiRF star III chipset.

The NVM-4070 should be priced at $600 and the NVM-4050 at about $500 list price; both should be available in April 2007.

More details from the press release follows…

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Jensen NVXM1000, NVX406, NVX227 GPS Units

At CES 2007 today, Audiovox introduced 3 GPS systems that don't look too shabby with some features that are sure to stack up well. The units will be coming out under the Jensen brand name, and offer GPS and XM satellite in one product. The NVXM1000 will be a top of the line model with an 8GB drive, 4 inch color screen and when you pop in an XM mini-receiver it gets XM Real-Time Traffic. It won't be cheap, at about $1,000. The mid-tier NV406 has a 4GB hard drive and a 3.5 inch screen that is more common in the GPS world. It will also dock with a mini-XM receiver and offer some PDA features like calendar, address-book, etc. It will retail for around $600 - list price. The entry level model NVX227 features the same mapping and POI capabilities as the NVX406, but on a 1GB flash memory card. It will have an SD slot for expandable capacity and comes with an internal battery, car adapter and USB cable. List Price is $349.

Manufacturer Site (no extra info at this point)

Should be available by April. Press Release from the CES 2007 show and more details follow....

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Pioneer AVIC-Z2


At CES 2007, Pioneer announced an updated AVIC model, the AVIC-Z2 in dash entertainment and navigation wonder. The nig news here is that the unit will learn frequently used roads and incorporate them into suggested routes when appropriate. I predicted smarter navigation like this back in December as one of the trends I expect to emerge in the CES and coming year. Who’d a thought I would be right. Anyway, the technology is there, let’s hope it works, as I see this as an area for improvement with routing.

The new Pioneer AVIC-Z2 includes an updated TeleAtlas map database with more accurate mapping data, XM Satellite Traffic, and bunch of entertainment options including audio and video, connectivity to your iPod and Bluetooth phones. The 10GB hard drive should make for another great place to stow some songs in your life. It plays DVD video and DVD-R/-RW for an alternate video screen while you truck down the road listening to your own music.

The Pioneer AVIC 2200 is expected to cost $2200 and be available in April 2007.

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January 6, 2007

Clarion NICE 430 GPS

Right before CES 2007, Clarion announced its new Navigation In-Car Entertainment system (N.I.C.E.) the N.I.C.E. 430. It appears to be a nice good looking widescreen unit with a SiRF star III chipset and Bluetooth handsfree capability. The unit will retail for a list price of $499.

"For consumers who want the ultimate in portable navigation, we are
pleased to introduce our new N.I.C.E. 430 handheld unit," said Ralph
Dominguez, senior product planning manager, Clarion Corporation of America.
"Our N.I.C.E. 430 handheld offers it all in a sleek unit: GPS navigation,
music/picture storage and playback."

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January 5, 2007

New GPS at the CES 2007 Show

CES GPS Award Winners

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I thought I would put together a bit of a roadmap to the new GPS announcements from Garmin, Cobra, and others at the CES 2007 show. They are coming fast and furious, so it may be tough to keep up:

Garmin is the Gorilla here with a flurry of announcements to kick off the show:

  • Nuvi 680 and StreetPilot 580 both with MSN Direct connectedness for Gas Prices, Traffic, Weather and movie updates.
  • Nuvi 370 and Nuvi 670 – New GPS upversions with both North American Maps and European maps pre-loaded for jetsetters.
  • Garmin Zumo 450 - the little brother to the Zumo 550 motorcycle GPS.
  • Garmin Astro 220 – A dog tracking combination with a specially designed GPSMAP 60CSx and a dog mounted transmitter to track while hunting (this is announced from the Shot show in Orlando).
  • Garmin VIB 10 – an interface box that allows a StreetPilot C550 to feed your Aux input on your car stereo.
  • Garmin at National and Alamo – New partnership look for a customized C330 model for rent with your car.
  • Garmin Acquired DCI a Location Based Services provider; this is the future of the GPS industry; directions are commodities, we need connectedness.

    There are some other big news items here too:

  • LG is entering the US market with 4 GPS units for the automobile.
  • Cobra will be launching the NavOne 2100 - entry level GPS with some nice features for a good price.
  • Cobra Nav One 5000 - Cobra also pre-announced plans for a big 5 inched screen slim unit that will be available this Fall.
  • DeLorme Earthmate BT-20 – The new Earthmate BT-20 will be shown at CES, a Bluetooth GPS receiver.
  • NAVTEQ announced the availability of a special pedestrian friendly dataset, “Discover Cities” for use on mobile phones or other navigation devices.
  • Clifford Scout 420 – a new portable GPS that looks a lot like a Sony PSP; plays music and maybe movies.
  • Clarion NICE 430 was announced Saturday; the widescreen comes with Bluetooth handsfree capability.

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  • NAVTEQ Discover Cities For Mobile Local Search and Travel


    Ahead of CES 2007, NAVTEQ announced the availability of NAVTEQ Discover Cities, a new product created specifically for personal navigation devices, personal media players, cell phone and other mobile devices. This bundle of map and Points-of-Interest (POI) content will be available to device manufacturers, wireless carriers and application developers to enable more relevant mobile local search and travel guidance. So, while your GPS in the car may be loaded with appropriate Points of Interest and items accessible to you in a car, this dataset seems to have captured data that might be useful to anyone moving on foot too. I could see something like this going into any flat GPS unit, or served up into a mobile phone application.

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    LG has New GPS for US: LN 790, LN740, LN735, and the LN730

    LG Electronics is entering the US GPS market via the CES 2007 show next week. Expect four new products out of them, the LG LN 790, LN740, LN735, and the LN730. Clearly the exploding market in GPS has attracted some biggies to the game. We’ll be interested to see if these entries can do well versus some pretty stiff competition in TomTom and Garmin. It appears that the top of the line will feature a widescreen format, while the lower end of the line will feature a traditional 3.5 inch screen. You get all the bells and whistles at the high end, Text to Speech verbal directions, media capabilities, and Bluetooth. At the vvalue end of the line, yoou are still getting a nice sized touch screen with pre-loaded maps of North America, photo and music playback and millions of POI’s. ArrowContinue reading: "LG has New GPS for US: LN 790, LN740, LN735, and the LN730"

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