Magellan is bringing its A-game to CES 2008. In addition to several other announcements, including the unveiling of the Magellan Maestro Elite 5340+GPRS, the GPS manufacturer debuted the Magellan Maestro 5310. The portable navigation system was designed to better meet the needs of baby boomers and features a larger 5-inch touch screen to increase map, menu, and image readability by 35 percent. "With 90 million baby boomers in North America representing $2 trillion in annual spending power, developing GPS products geared to their specific needs is critical to expanding the category," said Christian Bubenheim, vice president of … Read more
Car stereo maker Eclipse, the U.S. brand of Fujitsu Ten, displayed its CD7200 mkII at CES 2008, a single CD receiver unit designed for high quality audio. The copper-plated chassis of this car stereo keeps external electrical signals from causing noise in the unit's wiring, and it uses gold-plated connectors for optimal signal transmission. The CD player uses 24-bit digital-to-audio converters, where the majority of car CD players on the market only use 16-bit.
The CD7200 mkII doesn't have an onboard amp, as it is designed as a control unit for an external amp and speaker setup. … Read more
If you're not keen on squinting at a little display to view maps and driving directions, then feast your eyes on the Garmin Nuvi 5000. Unlike most of today's portable navigation systems, which have 3.5-inch or 4.3-inch displays, the Nuvi boasts a 5.2-inch touch screen with a 800x480 pixel resolution and is designed for RVs and trucks. It's well-stocked in the features department as well with preloaded maps of North America, text-to-speech functionality, integrated Bluetooth, multimedia capabilities, and compatibility with MSN Direct for real-time traffic, weather, and more. There's even a composite video … Read more
Voice commands in portable navigation systems: We had a feeling we'd be seeing more of this trend at CES 2008, and Garmin proved us right with the launch of the Garmin Nuvi 800 series. The series includes two models--the Garmin Nuvi 880 and the Garmin Nuvi 850--and both have speech-recognition technology so you can perform certain navigation functions with the sound of your voice. For example, you can look for local businesses with phrases such as "find nearest Chinese restaurant," and unlike the Magellan Maestro 4250--which we reviewed earlier and also had voice command functionality--you can … Read more
On CES 2008 Press Day, CNET Photo Producer Morty Okin took a swing around the Las Vegas Convention Center's North Hall to show what's cooking in car technology. Check out his car tech slide show for droolworthy wheels and impressive audio.
The 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show hasn't officially started, but CNET editors are already gathering the latest. Hot topics so far have been Warner Bros. dropping HD DVD; the new all-in-one budget home theater systems from Panasonic; a waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof camcorder; and Samsung's Touch of Color LCDs that depart from the typical glossy-black finish.
Also new for this year, the CNET Car Tech Testing Lab lets manufacturers stop by our lab and show off their goods by installing the latest systems in our test car, a 2008 Scion xD.
Of course, there are loads of other … Read more
At this year's CES, the Car Tech editorial staff members not only cover the show, we are part of it. Along with looking at new and innovative automotive gadgets around the show floor, we are running the Car Tech Testing Lab. We've invited major car stereo manufacturers, such as Eclipse, Alpine, Pioneer, and Blaupunkt, to stop by our Lab and install their latest car stereos in our test car, a 2008 Scion xD, so we can check out the products in a standard environment.
We first got a sense of our new responsibilities as we waited in line … Read more
Well, well, looks who's stepping up its game? Today, GPS manufacturer Magellan announced its most ambitious in-car portable navigation system yet: the Magellan Maestro Elite 5340+GPRS. Scheduled to ship in March, the Maestro Elite 5340 allows you to use a GPRS connection to connect to the Web from the device itself and conduct real-time searches for local businesses, services, and events via Google Local Search. You will also be able to send addresses and notes wirelessly from your PC to the Maestro Elite 5340. Sound a bit familiar? Perhaps it's because it's somewhat similar to the … Read more
On the eve of CES 2008, Sony Electronics added two new portable navigation systems to its lineup: the Sony NV-U73T and the Sony NV-U83T. Both models focus on safety and have text-to-speech technology, nearly 5 million points of interest with branded icons, and preloaded maps of the United States and Canada. They're equipped with SiRF StarIII GPS chips, but the units also have a feature called Position Plus that includes pressure, gyro, and acceleration sensors, which should provide for more accurate positioning even when driving through tunnels and in between tall buildings. In addition, you can perform certain functions … Read more
You too can own your own pair of free-standing speakers that look just like the kind we used to wedge into the fog-shrouded windows oif our misspent youth. All that's missing are the beat-up station wagon, decaying intermission hot dogs, and a cheap date.