June 20th, 2006
Royal Philips Electronics announced that leading developer of GPS navigation products, ALK Technologies, has integrated Philips’ ‘Spot’ software GPS solution in its latest product, the CoPilot Navigator 9. According to PC magazine, Philips Electronics said it would begin making mobile personal navigation systems (GPS) which could hurt route-finding market leader TomTom.
Philip’s GPS receiver will be thin and light – about 1 inch thick and a feather-light 5 ounces. Mapping data will come from Navteq . Philips will unveil the products starting in September focusing on Germany, France, and Belgium. The entrance of Philips underscores the evolution of the GPS (global positioning system) market from a niche product popular with hunters, hikers, and boaters into a thriving consumer business.
Philips is the first company to offer device makers a true software GPS signal processing solution. The result of over 5 years research and development, Spot draws on Philips’ expertise in signal processing and software for consumer products, as well as its long-standing experience in automotive GPS.
May 25th, 2006
About 37.6 million Americans will be on the roads on Memorial Day weekend. Most know where they are headed still many will get lost on their day off. SmartMoney.com has mapped out 5 GPS Buying Tips to guide you when selecting a GPS-enabled PDA
1) GPS Maps A GPS device is only as good as the maps it contains. Garmin, produces several GPS models, in the $50 – $250, range.Maps and city guides for North America and Europe are free.
2) GPS Adaptability Most GPS-enabled PDAs are configured to be used as GPShand-helds.Pay attention to which accessories are included to ensure you won’t have to buy more.
3) GPS Features GPS-enabled PDAs that provide both audio and written directions.Don’t be cheap when it comes to buying a Vehicle navigation Unit. Make sure your unit has a “highways only” route home that finds the most direct and
the quickest route to your destination plus an automatic re-router
4) GPS Display (monitor)The fact is, a larger interface (GPS screen) is usually better, especially for viewing maps though larger usually translates into more expensive GPS receivers.Don’t forget about Display clarity and brightness.If possible borrow a neigbor’s GPS system and experiment with it checking out various lighting conditions.
5) GPS Accuracy The more you spend, the more accurate the GPS receiver.Expect to spend at least $250 for a reasonably accurate unit.
Source: Kelli B. Grant, Smartmoney.com
May 16th, 2006
Forbes.com just released it’s own top ten new list of “great GPS gadgets”.
Topping the list of new GPS releases is Garmin’s Edge 305 and Nuvi 360
along with TomTom Go 910, a vehicle navigation reciever.
We recommend taking a peek at the Forbes site for a brief backgrounder on the development and history of GPS plus you can view a slide showof their top picks, some of the newer GPS products and services being offered today.
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