We are still finding CES stories and certainly don’t want you guys to miss out. One of the apps to hit the show was the TocToc iPhone. It is an independent navigational application that works without storing maps. Via a wireless network, users can get real time traffic info including problems they should avoid. Of course you can also get address direction, points of interest, phone and zipcode access and messaging capability. It has a simple user interface and is available for both automobiles and pedestrians.
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We keep waiting for the price of GPS receivers to get down to a decent price so that we can stop getting lost. The Refurbished TomTom GO 510 might be the answer. It has a 4-inch screen, a built-in light sensor, hands free usage with Bluetooth, iPod control, and a home dock. It speaks in 36 languages even if you only need one and you can get a one month free trial for traffic reports and road conditions. The Go 510 can be yours for the incredibly low price of $149.00. Not a bad deal for a device that retails new around $400.00. By the way, it comes with a year warranty if you have misgivings about investing in a device that isn’t new.
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The Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute in Japan has devised a bot that helps the navigationally challenged. Robovie people-watched a section of the Universal Citywalk Shopping Center in Osaka and offered his expertise if they seemed disoriented. After literally asking “Are you lost?,” he provided directions or suggested shops and restaurants. The robot uses 16 cams, 6 laser range finders and 9 RFIDs to keep track of up to 20 individuals, including their locations and behavior (such as walking or waiting.)
ATR will be establishing themselves permanently in the shopping center and hope to hire out its guides beginning this June.
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Garmin’s nüvifone should give the iPhone a run for its money. After all, Garmin is all about the GPS. The all touchscreen (3.5-inch) phone also features a web browser, IM, e-mail, and music capability, and Google search complete with ratings for businesses and restaurants. When you dock it in its vehicle mount, it automatically activates the GPS and menu, and will allow hands-free conversations. The nüvifone comes with pre-loaded maps of North America, and/or both Eastern and Western Europe with voice-prompted directions. To find out more and get info on Garmin Online, the elite service with traffic, stock prices, news, and weather, head for their site. Expect availability in the 3rd quarter of this year.
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Maps and directions are available on cell phones, PDA’s, GPS units, Onstar, or heaven forbid: actual paper maps. This doesn’t stop people from getting lost from time to time, so Google is partnering with gas companies to embed the Google Maps application into gas pumps at 3,500 gas stations across the United States starting next month.
The newly teched-out gas pumps will feature an Internet connection and the Google Maps application. By providing this at the pump motorists will be able to both fill up on gas and get directions to their destination. The participating gas stations will likely get a boost in business from drivers too stubborn or embarrassed to ask for directions from anything other than a shiny, all-knowing machine. This sounds like a win for retailers, motorists, and Google alike.
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No need to invest in costly GPS if you are traveling to a major city. Dial Directions is a new free service that allows anyone to get anywhere with the use of voice commands. You simply dial “DIR-ECT-IONS” (347-328-4667) from your cell phone, giving your location and destination by address, building, intersection, or event. You then receive directions in text. If you are having your own party, you can post that on the service, too. Available in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C. now, more will become available very soon. We would love it if the service could help us find a parking spot on our next jaunt to a Big City.
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Recently unveiled at the IFA 2007, the Navigon 2100 features a 3.5-inch anti-glare touchscreen, simplified menus, and spoken directions with its text-to-speech. Their Reality View displays geometry and road sign text with automatic speed warnings. The exclusive technology provides 2D and 3D, photo-realistic, virtual views of intersections. Look for the navigational device this fall with an MSRP of $249.00. We wonder if the future of such gadgets will provide us with back seat drivers and directions to the nearest pit stop.
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