October 11, 2005

Add tracking to any Nextel GPS phone - Mologogo

Want to track someone and their mobile phone for free? Here's a service that launched today that will allow you to track the location of the mobile phone in question privately via a sign in account or verrrry publicly. Just download Mologogo, a free Java app that works with any Sprint Nextel GPS phone. Once the software is installed on the phone, you can log in to Mologogo's site and track it using Google Maps. And unlike other web-based GPS tracking services, not only is the software free, but accessing the tracking data is as well.

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Another Good Review: Garmin StreetPilot 2720

The ever expanding Automotive GPS category got a big bump this past summer with the Garmin StreetPilot 2720 - advanced GPS routing with text to speech turn by turn directions and an innovative traffic feature (optional) that gets real time traffic feeds and turns it into useful re-routing options for you to avoid wasting time in the traffic jams you haven't even sat in yet.

(If you haven't heard of the next step in traffic avoidance, check out our post on Inrix - predictive traffic services that is teaming with Tele Atlas providers of mapping information to GPS manufacturers.)

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October 9, 2005

Launched: Microsoft Streets and Trips 2006 with Pharos GPS Unit

Microsoft has announced the availability of the new Streets & Trips 2006 software with included USB based GPS unit. This is the latest version of the popular mapping and travel software application for the U.S. and Canada. New with this release is support for Voice-Prompted Directions which provides a hands free option of delivering turn by turn directions.

The GPS is provided by Pharos Science and Application Inc. and turns any laptop, Windows Mobile based PDA or Smart phone into an all inclusive GPS tracking device. All you have to do is plug in the GPS Locator via a USB port and you can start using the mapping software in real time.

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October 7, 2005

Timex Body Link: Now with Small GPS Receiver

The Timex Body Link products have been around for a while with all sorts of gizmos to help runners and athletes in general learn more about their workouts and train better. Timex has announced the new smaller and lighter GPS component to their lineup. The 5E671 bundle offers a Sports Watch, Heart Rate Monitor and a GPS tracking unit (the Navman II). The 5E681 bundle includes the Sports Watch and the GPS tracking unit (the Navman II). These models go directly after the Garmin Forerunner 301 with a Heart Rate Monitor, and the Forerunner 201 without the Heart Rate Monitor.

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October 6, 2005

Update: Gizmondo - GPS based gaming

Update: Tiger telematics announced that the Gizmondo GPS equipped handheld gaming console will be released in the US on October 22. They have been on sale in the UK for a while now, and are going to be priced from $239.

From September 3, 2005: Gizmondo is rolling out a new handheld player that uses GPS (SiRF Xtrac) to provide location based gaming. GPS is not the only feature of this gaming platform, as the list is long and looks pretty good. It's got a camera, a Music Player, a Movie Player, Messaging, a GPS, GPRS connections for head to head playing, and Bluetooth. Whew! That's a lot of stuff. The Sony PSP looks like it is in the sights of the Gizmondo, as the Sony comes closest to the feature set of the Gizmondo, but the PSP does not have a GPS receiver. Hang on, because with the advent of low cost, small and highly accurate GPS components like SiRF is rolling out, is there any end to where the GPS location based activities will end? It's not just for geocaching anymore folks...

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October 5, 2005

GPS movie to be released: GPS The Movie

Has the GPS really gone mainstream? Apparently so if there is a feature film on the subject. An indie studio from Washington is releasing a new film based on the GPS and "GPS treasure hunting" - commonly known as Geocaching around these parts.

GPS the Movie tells the story of a pair of scavenger hunt enthusiasts who embark upon a camping trip with a group of old friends, following the trail of a mysterious invitation with hopes of finding fortune. When the trail leads them to photographs of a masked woman tied to a chair along with a new set of coordinates, their search takes a frightening turn. The mountains and forests that give western Washington its reputation for natural beauty contrast with the infamous Green River, which served for decades as a horrific dumping ground for the notorious serial killer.

Huh, last time I went out geocaching, I only found a key chain with a plastic Jeep on it.

ReadMore - Trailers and more at the site.

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October 4, 2005

Magellan RoadMate 800 Announced - OFFICIALLY

Last week we revealed the Magellan RoadMate 800 a few days before it was officially announced. Today Magellan has officially announced the Magellan RoadMate 800. Additional specifications are available, and the thing looks pretty packed with features. Check out their press release, and the product specification and information pages.

From Thursday 9/29:
The latest in the RoadMate series has been announced (not officially - more later) upping the ante on the hot automotive GPS market. The Magellan RoadMate 800 adds a couple of extended features on top of the popular RoadMate 760 released earlier this year, namely a build in MP3 player and a photo viewer. Magellan calls it a "multimedia marvel." This release comes on the heels of the new Automotive GPS, the Magellan RoadMate 360 which was announced September 14, 2005 (see article).

Anyway, much like it's little brother the Magellan RoadMate 760(see review), the feature set on the GPS side of the RoadMate 800 is plush and rock solid.

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Trimble announces subfoot GPS Accuracy Unit

Trimble announced the release of the GeoXH handheld. The is GeoHX is Trimble's top-of-the-line solution for high accuracy GIS data collection. It's not exactly engineered or targeted at the usual backwoods GPS geocacher. Engineered with H-Star technology, the GeoXH handheld delivers the subfoot (30 cm) GPS accuracy required by electric and gas utilities, water and wastewater services, land reform projects, and other applications where accurate positioning is crucial.

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Garmin to buy MotionBased

In news out of Olathe Kansas, Garmin announced yesterday that they will buy MotionBased Technologies, a privately held start-up out of California. We reviewed the MotionBased site earlier this year, and really liked it. Motionbased has more than 11,000 registered users and over 140,000 logged postings of routes. Recently MotionBased has more closely integrated some Google applications - the Google Maps and Google Earth. Frequent users will have already noticed the recent changes. As we noticed this past summer when we studied up on MotionBased, they continue to innovate and add new features. Obviously the folks at Garmin noticed too.

The web service allows you to upload your GPS tracks from workouts and analyze data from those workouts either in tabular or graphical form. MotionBased is very much tuned into using Garmin GPS units, and one of the downsides we noticed is the work arounds needed to upload GPS tracks from other non-garmin units...... maybe this was by design? Maybe just a coincidence. The service fits well with the line of training devices that Garmin exclusively offers - the Forerunner line and the upcoming biking focused line of Edge GPS units. Anyway, we like Garmin and MotionBased; good luck.

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October 3, 2005

Hummm Nokia 888 Communicator Concept GPS Phone

What's cool? This is. Could this be the future of electronics? The Nokia 888 communicator concept phone is a design that won a recent Nokia Benelux design contest, and is seen using a new liquid battery, include speech recognition, have a flexible touch screen and a touch sensitive body cover. A video showing off the device's potential features shows off close to a dozen functions, including an alarm clock, PDA, GPS, phone, push email receiver, digital wallet and, of course, jewelry.

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