January 26, 2006

Amazon now selling NavMan Sport Tools

sporttool.jpgNavman has launched a line of Sport Tool GPS training devices that seek to capture some of the market that Garmin has really opened up with their ForeRunner product line. NavMan's Sport Tool line has several customized GPS training devices that are sport specific, including Sport Tool Marine, Sport Tool Run, Sport Tool Walk, Sport Tool Snow and Sport Tool Skate.

The idea is that each sport demands a bit of customization and NavMan has done the work for you, giving you the training data and maybe the bragging rights to the best of the day's activities. So for the Sport Tool Snow, you get a GPS device that tracks a lot of data including vertical feet skied or boarded, but it takes out the chairlift rides automatically. The cool designs are sure to be attractive where ever you take them. You can't download to your computer like the higher end ForeRunners. Amazon is now selling most of the line, including FREE SHIPPING. Most are priced under $100. Check them out:

Sport Tool Run

Sport Tool Snow

Sport Tool In-Line Skate

Sport Tool Walking

Sport Tool Water Sports

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January 25, 2006

New Satellite - Powerful GPS Signals

So back in September, we reported that the US government launched a new satellite to help power up the ailing GPS satellite fleet of aging satellites (see story). Well, bring it on, it's now working ofr the rest of us. Today the government flipped the switch on the signal and turned its power on for the rest of us. "So what?" you ask? Well the higher power is supposed to help with GPS signal reception in urban canyon areas. Great for the coming fleet of mobile phones that are populating the world right now.

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WorldTracker SMS - Small GPS Tracking

worldtrackersms.jpgWorldTracker SMS is a pretty small device that can track just about anything you want providing real time updates to you via SMS to your moile phone or PDA. When placed with packages, vehicles, or personnel, the WorldTracker SMS provides detailed reports of routes traveled for quality-control and security purposes. The data can also be seen through Google Earth which is a great option to visualize the data.

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January 20, 2006

Big Growth in the European Navigation Market

There has been some pretty big growth in the European GPS device market. Some sellers have seen 600% growth in sales, year over year. The question is, how long with this last. TomTom is a major entrant in the European market, while Garmin launched loads of models in the last 12 months in an effort to make major advances in the automotive market. With prices coming down, feature sets growing, and more and more people becoming familiar with GPS's, it's no wonder that the market is exploding. ABI research has released a report about the dramatic growth.

"We believe the market explosion Europe currently faces has been caused by three main factors," says Dan Benjamin, principal analyst with ABI Research's transportation research practice. "First, the cost of these devices have come down dramatically. Second, several vendors have been fully able to leverage the marketing and distribution channels available to them. Finally, the added feature of traffic awareness for dynamic navigation in many PNAV [personal navigation] models has made the offerings even more compelling."

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Ford to Give Away Garmin StreetPilot C320

Well, unfortunately this promo is only in Taiwan for now, but Garmin announced that it will work with Ford Taiwan to give away a new Garmin StreetPilot C320 with every new car bought between now and the Chinese New Year. The program began in November, with just one car model, but it has been extended to several car models because it has been so popular. Interesting promotion, and interesting that it has been so popular. Humm, imagine what this would do for Garmin if they did this with every Ford vehicle in the US?!?!?

The C320 series is a lower end model that offers downloadable maps onto SD card, but has a good size touchscreen and a great interface. We used the Streetpilot C340 here at the GPS Lodge, and wrote a review on it (We loved it) - read the article. Also, you can read a review on the StreetPilot C330 here.

"We are very excited to be partnered with Ford to offer our most popular automotive navigation unit for the Taiwanese market," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "It's further evidence that Garmin products are sought after around the world."

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Review: Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS Review

Garmin nuviGarmin launched the Garmin nuvi last year and broke into small handheld smart GPS devices that marked a bold move to add features that are not commonly found, targeting business travelers. With included MP3 player and the ability to play audiobooks downloaded from Audible.com, it may just help you pass the hours in the airport too.

In their Review of the Garmin Nuvi 350, Businessweek recently called it the Easiest, Smartest GPS yet in a review. They seemed to like it a lot for its GPS capabilities including its fast satellite fix times and its easy intuitive interface.

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January 16, 2006

Motorola Invests in GPS Firm - Global Locate

In another sign that location based services (LBS) are going to be here to stay, Motorola announced that they have invested in a privately held firm, Global Locate. They are a firm that specializes in A-GPS or Assisted GPS technology. So, your GPS phone doesn't work so well in the concrete canyons of the city, or even indoors? Their technology can help.

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Traffic Reporting for your GPS Explained

There's a decent article in the Boston Globe this morning that talks about how traffic reporting works. It talks of how it's changing from some guy in a chopper to a pretty complex system of data reporting through roadside sensors and passive cell phone monitoring to get data uploaded to places like Traffic.com and NAVTEQ and then back out to you through XM satellite (or FM transmission) feeds. Many of the new Garmin units (StreetPilot C340, StreetPilot 2720 and 2730)as well as TomTom GO 300, GO 700, and the Cobra NavOne 4500 come with available traffic feed services. The traffic feed system is still in its infancy in my opinion, but will quickly become a must have feature for commuters in heavy traffic cities.


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January 15, 2006

Globalsat GV-201 GPS Introduced

Globalsat GV-201Globalsat also introduced their GV-201 all in one GPS navigation device at CES. The Globalsat GV-201 is a GPS receiver with built in MP3 and MP4 playback. The convergence of music and GPS navigation has definitely taken hold as this is one of many units to have the playback features for music, but one of only a few at this point to offer video playback. It also displays pictures.

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GPS Review: Cobra NavOne 4500

Another review has popped up on the Cobra NavOne 4500 over at CNet. We used the Cobra NavOne 4500 for about a month and reviewed it here at the GPS Lodge last November. We liked it for its large screen and the luxury of features that you can put on such a large screen. (Read our review). The size was an issue for us as the unit fell off the windshield one day as I was driving down the road, but Cobra tells me that they are fixing this mount problem. We weren't so impressed with the traffic feeds as they seemed to show things in better light than I thought they should be, but they show promise and I believe that traffic feeds are THE feature of GPS units for the car in the coming years. John Delaney over at CNet wrote in their review that they thought the Cobra NavOne 4500 was excellent and gave it 8.3 out of 10 (Excellent), and said the "Overall the NavOne is a winner."

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