Well, Cingular's just having a field day today. In addition to announcing the availability of the long-awaited HP iPaq hw6920, the cell phone carrier launched its first location-based service, called TeleNav GPS Navigator, for its business and government customers. The service costs $9.99 per month for unlimited use (or $5.99 per month for up to 10 trips) and provides text- and voice-guided turn-by-turn directions and color maps so that you don't miss that important client meeting. In addition to the standard nav features, there are some extra handy tools, including a Biz Finder for searching local … Read more
So if I'm to believe the Japanese, I'm supposed to let this scary, strung-out Snuggles look-alike guide me to my next destination? Umm, yeah...no, thank you. For one thing, look at it! I don't want this frightening critter sitting on my dash, looking back at me. And what exactly is that thing in the middle of its forehead? (A colleague seems to think it's his mystical third eye.) Secondly, I don't think this GPS-enabled teddy bear from Navirobo would be much help. Instead of giving you voice-guided, turn-by-turn instructions, it raises its furry, little … Read more
Argh, what is the flippin' hold-up?!
Traffic: It's frustrating as hell and it can certainly contribute to road rage, but easy there, tiger: Help is on the way.
Today, Sony announced its second, portable navigation system, the Sony NV-U71T, which adds to the capabilities of its predecessor, the NV-U70, by incorporating real-time traffic services.
How does it work? Well, the NV-U71T will ship with a cradle with a built-in traffic receiver, and the unit will alert you to heavily congested areas and automatically give you alternate route options. The service is free for the first 90 days, but then … Read more
We have a terrible sense of direction. It's so bad that we're willing to buy and carry any manner or number of devices that can keep us from accidentally ending up in Sopranos territory, including this one.
Proporta is probably best known for its gadget accessories (and accessorizing) but, as The Gadget Blog points out, also offers some technology of its own. The latest example is a solar-powered GPS receiver that can send wireless signals to your smart phone or PDA and "poinpoint your exactly location anywhere in the world."
Now we just have to make … Read more
OK, I know I may be in the minority here (check out these user opinions), but I'm not a fan of the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. Yes, it's portable; yes, it lets you surf the Web. I also realize it's not meant to be a PDA or a laptop replacement, but I just keep asking myself, "Why? Why would I want this thing?"
But wait, before you pour on the hate mail, let me just say, I may be changing my tune--just maybe.
Navicore has released a solution, simply called the Nokia Navigation Kit, that … Read more
Honda has taken GPS navigation systems into the realm of social networking. The automaker says its latest subscription-based offering, called Internavi Premium Club, will come with built-in real-time weather and travel information, as well as a function that will enable drivers to tag points of interest with their own comments.
The social-networking element of service will let drivers post and access reviews about restaurants, for example, harnessing the "wisdom of crowds" in a similar way to that of many Web 2.0 applications. The bad news is that it looks like a Japan-only option for the foreseeable future. … Read more
The nice people at Pioneer just took us out for a spin on wild streets of San Francisco to try to generate some more buzz around their now 10-month-old AVIC Z-1 navigation unit. While this kind of hands-on demo would have been more useful prior to our test-bench review of the unit earlier in the year, the chance to see the touch-screen double-DIN nav system working in a real-world situation was worth the ride. Aside from its plentiful entertainment- and communications functions (10GB of hard-drive media storage, Bluetooth interface, iPod adapter, MP3- and WMA-playback, XM and Sirius Satellite Radio pre-wiring), … Read more
CRESCENT CITY, Calif.--I've been on my road trip for more than 24 hours now, and I've already found something to amuse myself while I drive.
Now granted, this probably wouldn't amuse anyone else, but it does give me something to chuckle at as the miles roll by.
And that is to program a destination into the Magellan Roadmate 3000T GPS car navigator I'm reviewing, head in the direction it suggests and then make unexpected detours.
As anyone who has used one of these devices--or something similar to it--knows, the GPS doesn't quite know how … Read more