Garmin iQUE 3000 PDA

Garmin announced the new Garmin iQue 3000 today, a new entry level Palm powered PDA that has an integrated GPS receiver with the appropriate software. The iQUE 300 joins the iQUE 3200 and the iQUE 3600 PDAs already in the Garmin line. You ask, what about the M3, M4, and M5? Yea, those are the Windows powered PDA's made by Garmin. The 3000 series PDA's are all Palm powered. OK, what else?

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Garmin GVN 52 - a GPS navigation box for your car

Garmin announced the Garmin GVN 52 GPS receiver today, a black box for use in cars with other components that will display the information. Garmin's GPS hardware and familiar StreetPilot user interface and is designed to be integrated with mobile audio/video entertainment systems. Kenwood Corporation and Riverpark, a national distributor of mobile audio products to the U.S. recreational vehicle industry, are among the first companies to offer the GVN 52 on select products.

This type of product entry is very much needed for Garmin who will find their market shrinking as navigation units in cars become the cheaper alternative that most cars have. Eventually, this type of product offering could put Garmin in a place where they could have the navigation system Garmin branded in cars off the lot. This would be similar to Bose stereo systems that are offered in some cars. As you can imagine, it's not having the hardware, it's also having the experience to deliver the software that works for most people. Garmin has figured this out, but a lot of others haven't and that's a competitive advantage that Garmin can sell.

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Garmin's new Bluetooth GPS receiver for the Palm - GPS 10

Garmin also announced today the Garmin GPS 10 receiver for use with Palm OS devices. The unit receives the GPS signal and then transmits it to the Palm device for use with Palm based GPS software. This makes it possible for you to have the GPS receiver in clear view of the sky while your PDA is in clear view of you!

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Garmin Announces the X Upgrades Legend Cx, Vista Cx, GPSMAP 60Cx, 60CSx, 76Cx, 76CSx

Another big confirmation out of Garmin today that they are launching the new upgraded line of handhelds. We reported on the launch back in December. The big news for Garmin is that they have included the SiRF star III chipset for high accuracy in difficult situations and longer battery life. The big news for us is that they finally moved the products to include removable storage in the form of the micro SD card. The cards are currently available in the StreetPilot i-series and let me tell you they are tiny. They are available in some decent sizes, so that you can carry A LOT more data around with you. My Garmin Vista C can carry most of New England around in 24MB with a decent amount of detail, but I still want more. I'd take the whole country if I could.

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Garmin Forerunner 205 and 305 Announced

Garmin announced the new Forerunner 205 and Forerunner 305 today, confirming the news that we reported here in November. The new Garmin Forerunner 205 and Garmin Forerunner 305 feature a totally new design for the wrist mounted trainers that wraps the device around the wrist more to make sure that the antenna is facing the sky in normal use. Also, with the addition of the SiRF star III chipet, reception should be greatly improved. This was a minor issue when we used our Forerunner 201 during the Fall in heavy tree cover, but not so bad that it became unusable or dropped signals totally.

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Garmin Nuvi's New Features - The Savers Guide

Garmin announced today that the Garmin Nuvi is getting great reaction and that they are adding new features - specifically a location based coupon book. It's kindof like buying into a club that gives you discounts at participating shops.

"Public response to Nuvi has been amazing," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "We believe it's because nuvi is a one-of-a-kind, all-in-one device; a GPS navigator, an MP3 player, an audio book player, a language translator, a travel guide, and much more. Nuvi provides industry leading convergence of capabilities in the PND product category."

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December 31, 2005

Garmin iQue M3 and GPS 60's at Rosewood Hotels

Garmin is working with Rosewood Hotel and Resorts at its properties in Dallas, Santa Fe and New York to lend guests the Garmin iQue M3 GPS device to help with directions around town during their stay. The service seems to fit well with their luxury hotel accommodations and high end services. The PDA style GPS device was launched this past summer in a flurry of product launches by Garmin (see article) and has its data entered by concierges to allow guests to get to popular attractions around the hotel. The easy to read and easy to understand directions are superior to paper drawn directions and maps.

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December 29, 2005

FineDrive M700D GPS

FineDrive recently announced a big huge old honking GPS for your car that also play DMB stations - Digital Multimedia Broadcasting stations. It can access and play up to 28 digital stations without any extra fees. With the AV in jack you can also play DVD's on the 7 inch diagonal screen. The recently announced Garmin 7200 also sports a huge screen for easy to see screen, but no DMB - see our article.

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Globalsat Launches Wrist Mounted Training GPS

Globalsat of Taiwan has launched an athletic training system (GH-601 and GH-602) that will compete with the Garmin Forerunner series. The devices are intended to help you document your athletic endeavors and train better as a result of the data feedback. We have been using a Garmin Forerunner 201 for several months and really like it. Even techno-phobes who have tried it like the information it provides on the run, and but don't really use the ability to download the data onto a computer for analysis and charting.

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Europe launches first Galileo satellite

The EU and European Space Agency successfully launched the first in a series of satellites for a new global positioning system called Galileo. The project is expected to cost an estimated 3.8 billion Euros. The need to launch this system is rooted in the fear that the US government can and would shut off the GPS system at anytime it deems necessary.

The system is expected to be completed by 2011, complete with 30 satellites and nearly 100 percent coverage of the planet at that time, which would have accuracy down to +/- 1 meter. This is better than the current US system, and would be useful in the related industries that require best in class accuracy, like commercial aviation and location based advertising. The system will offer two levels of service, a free lower accuracy service (similar to the current GPS service) and a fee based highly accurate service.

Before the Galileo system is complete the Russian Glonass system will be active in 2008 if all things stay on schedule.

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