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TocToc Navigational App

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Navigation, Travel,

TocTocWe 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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Refurbished TomTom GO 510

TomTom Go 510We 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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Robovie Directs Shoppers

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Science,

RobovieThe 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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nüvifone Gives Great Direction

nüvifoneGarmin’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.

Read More | Garmin nüvifone Product Page

Google Maps headed to gas pumps nationwide

Posted by Sparky Categories: Google, GPS, Software,

Google Gas Pump

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 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.

Read More | LA Times

Recipe: Diced Rainbow Fruit & Veggie Salad

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My husband Andru has come to the realization that a lot of the food we eat on a daily basis contains a lot of sodium. Not because I have chosen to dash everything we consume with a bit of salt here and there, but because some foods come into our home with so much added salt through processing. He was fuming about how he had chosen to purchase some soup simply because the label said “Organic” because in our mind set “organic” is supposed to mean good for you, but that is not necessarily true so he went off in a tirade after reading the label and seeing that in a one cup serving of this “good” soup there was 980 mg. of sodium, 41% of the sodium we need for the day in one cup of delicious death. He was very concerned that this percentage was in relation to an adult’s body mass, not a 3 year-olds tiny frame. How much sodium can a toddler take before a salt-induced coma? Anyway, to alleviate his worries, he is on a mission to eat more foods that are “living”, meaning less meat and processed foods and more fruits and vegetables.

In order to support his new found revelation, I decided one night to come up with a raw fruit and vegetable salad that is delicious despite not being smothered in dressing—and I aptly named it Rainbow Fruit & Veggie salad because after all was said and done, I threw in so many different colors of fruits and veggies, it became a taste sensation for the eyes. I was very tempted to add a touch of sugar to the natural dressing mixed in, but then thought, well that defeats the whole purpose, so instead added some strawberries for that touch of sweetness. Voila…a new recipe was born, and Andru loved it and the kids seemed to like it also, thank you strawberries. It is a great side dish and the recipe can be varied in so many ways, I added raw zucchini when I made it a second time and it was a hit at our Fellowship meal after church. I hope it pleases your taste buds also!

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Free Directions by Cell Phone

Dial Directions

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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Navigon GPS Speaks

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: GPS, Misc. Tech, Transportation,

Navigon 2100

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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Mind Camp 4.0 Location and Directions

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Announcements,

Tukwila Community Center Directions

Seattle Mind Camp 4.0 starts in just 7 hours, so we wanted to make sure that anyone and everyone heading to the event had the pertinent information in order to make it there for a day full of awesome. The event takes place at the Tukwila Community Center, located at:

12424 42nd Ave S
Tukwila, WA 98168
(206) 768-2822

If you want to map some directions, use the link below.

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