Pioneer AVIC Z120BT

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Pioneer AVIC Z120BT



Pioneer just recently announced a new in-dash GPS navigation system called Pioneer AVIC Z120BT which has a 2-DIN form factor and has a 7″ screen.


This is apparently their new flagship model which now adds the ability to listen to Pandora in your vehicle - but it actually streams the data through your iPhone using Pioneer’s own PandoraLink app for the device.


Pioneer AVIC Z120BT has all sorts of audio/visual specs but as far as GPS navigation it runs on TeleAtlas maps which covers all 50 U.S. states and Canada, has 12 million POIs in its database, and more importantly implements a voice recognition feature so you can enter addresses just by speaking.





Garmin G500H Helicopter Flight Display

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Garmin G500H Helicopter Flight Display



There’s no vehicle Garmin won’t put their gadgets in. The latest is the Garmin G500H Helicopter Flight Display which recently got FAA’s approval.


It’s an all-glass avionics system designed for VFR Part 27 helicopters. Its PFD can either be on the left or right and it can display attitude, airspeed, vertical speed, altitude, and heading information. The MFD shows moving maps, helicopter’s current position in relation to terrain, chart data, and flight plan routings.


G500H is already available for an introductory price of $25000. Yes, that’s 25 thousand dollars.



garmin nuvi 1100

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garmin nuvi 1100



This is the wallet friendly nuvi GPS navigation system from Garmin for those on a budget. It is called the Garmin Nuvi 1100. This specific model found itself a place on Garmin’s site rather quietly - without a press release or anything. I guess they don’t want to advertise a GPS navigation system that lacks pretty much every modern day feature.


Nuvi 1100 has a 3.5″ screen and can provide turn by turn directions. Battery can last up to 4 hours. It does not do text-to-speech, lane assist, traffic updates, or speech recognition. However it is compatible with FM traffic, and MSN Direct.


We’re guessing this will be sub $100. If you find this on an online retailer let us know. Price not announced yet.




(Via NaviGadget.)

MotionX GPS HD for iPad

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MotionX GPS HD for iPad



If you’re looking for a mapping interface and navigation for your iPad other than Google Maps you may want to consider MotionX GPS HD.


The fact that it only costs $3 and it recently got a decent review maybe good enough reasons to give this app a shot.


MotionX GPS HD for the iPad is recommended for people looking to find a reasonably priced, do-it-all navigation app that covers land, air and sea. The app provides all the tools you’ll ever need, anywhere in the world. MotionX GPS HD works best when used on an iPad 3G but will also work with the Wi-Fi only version as long as there is a network available.


Some features of this app include the ability to use both Google Maps and Bing, and MotionX’s own maps, satellite, road, and hybrid views, turn by turn directions, and more.




(Via NaviGadget.)

new QSTARZ Q1000XT GPS travel recorder

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new QSTARZ Q1000XT GPS travel recorder



QStarz just announced a new GPS travel recorder called Q1000XT. Q1000XT looks similar to some of their previous GPS data loggers but it seems like they’ve upgraded some of the specs and included their newest software with this product - namely QTravel. One of the highlights is of course the 66 channel tracking - more than any other GPS tracking device out there.


Here are some of the hardware specs:



  • MTK II latest chipset with high sensitivity -165dBm and 66 channel tracking

  • ultra lower power consumption up to 42hrs operation

  • less than 15 seconds AGPS fix support: download almanac data to realize faster TTFF and positioning under warm start

  • stand alone travel recorder to log up to 400,000 records

  • POI button design to record your point of interest immediately

  • 3-level Switch for easily switch Travel Recorder to LOG or NAV (Navigation + Log) mode

  • integrated vibration sensor for smart power management and waypoint saving

  • time schedule function to automatically start logging and stop logging by setting multiple time interval

  • speed alarm function to prompt over speed status by beeping sound

  • update Rate 1~5Hz changeable by utility provided (receiving 5Hz update rate only, logging only 1Hz maximum)

  • G-Mouse + Bluetooth in one: wired and wireless GPS receiver

  • Fast Position Fix ,Cold start 35s, Warm start 33s,Hot start 1s


Q1000XT is already available for USD $129 / Euro €129.





(Via NaviGadget.)

Kapten screenless GPS navigation system

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Kapten screenless GPS navigation system



Kapsys’s been here on Navigadget before. We’ve even talked about their GPS navigation system with no screen called Kapten.


It looks to be a really handy device letting you play your tunes, geotag locations, and even hook up with your smartphone via bluetooth - but what’s more is that it can even act as a GPS navigation system giving your turn by turn directions - how much you can get out of a navigation system without a screen is questionable though.


It is made by the French so it is sure be crowd favorite here in the U.S! You can pick it up from Amazon for a whopping $425 which I’m not willing to pay. If you get one of these however make sure you write up a short review for us so we can feature here on Navigadget.


Here are some more features:



  • Easy to use with voice commands and voice guidance

  • Use while walking on a bus or in a car

  • Built in MP3 player and FM receiver

  • Includes USB cable wall charger speaker and stereo headphones

  • BONUS Accessory pack with 10 hr spare battery car charger and carry case





(Via OhGizmo.)

Rightway Spotter, Tony Stewart Edition GPS

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Rightway Spotter, Tony Stewart Edition GPS



We’ve already talked about their Dale Earnhardt version of their GPS navigation system. This time people at Transplant just announced Tony Stewart Edition featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver.


There’s isn’t much creativity here. It’s just a good old GPS navigation system bringing CoPilot’s navigation engine together with some NASCAR licensing to make product appeal to some motorsport fans - not that there’s anything wrong with that.


With this SPOTTER you can either be the Office Depot or Old Spice car, and have Tony’s voice guide to your destination.


Here are some more features:



  • CoPilot ClearTurn™ & Lane Assist for navigating complex interchanges on major highways

  • Turn-by-turn full street name voice guidance (not available in Tony Stewart’s voice)

  • Automatic route calculation and re-calculation

  • Clear 2D, 3D & Driver Safety map views

  • English, French, Spanish language options

  • Automatic day/night mode

  • Destination entry by zip code, city, street or intersection

  • Multi-stop planning with route optimization


It is going to sell for $180 and you can pick it up from here.


Garmin Nuvi 295W

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Garmin Nuvi 295W





Garmin just came out with a brand new GPS navigation system this last week called Garmin Nuvi 295W. It is already available for $280 from Garmin website. 295W is a very slim looking GPS navigation system that makes you want to hold it up to your face and make a phone call. But you can’t. Even though it very much looks like a smartphone it is not but packs most of their features.


First and foremost you’ve got the WiFi connectivity which lets you surf the net with its browser and also you can do webmail and POP3 and IMAP, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF attachments. You can also do Google Local Search.


Then you have the dual orientation 3.5″ glass touchscreen, a decent 3MP camera with geotagging feature, audio player, and a 2.5mm headphone jack.


Here are a couple of videos:




(Via NaviGadget.)

Onda VP30 and VP50 w/ GPS

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Onda VP30 and VP50 w/ GPS

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Onda have a 6-inch 800x480 VP50 and a 5-inch VP30, both entering the market in the 4GB storage flavour, and both featuring GPS functionality, which is pretty cool I suppose. Both feature a 3D virtual map, which certainly looks snazzy in the above pictured photograph. Am not totally sure about the extent of functionality of the map, but needless to say this sort of thing isn’t that common in PMPs.




(Via MP4 Nation Blog.)

TomTom XXL 550

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TomTom XXL 550



Very similar to the TomTom XL350 we talked about moments ago TomTom also announced TomTom XXL 550. Almost all specs are identical except of course the screen size. XXL 550 moves you from a 4.3″ to a 5″ screen.


Naming convention also stays the same. You’ve got XXL 550M and XXL 550TM for free map updates, and XXL 550 T, XXL 550 TM gets Lifetime Traffic Updates.


How much for a bigger screen? TomTom XXL 550 will cost $200 and the one time maps, and traffic subscription will cost $30.


AV8OR

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AV8OR



There aren’t too many companies dealing with aviation GPS units out there. One of them is Garmin of course. The other one we see every now and then is the AV8OR. They recently had one of their units make it through FCC regulations though it doesn’t look much different than the Bendix/King AV8OR from Honeywell we talked about two years ago. Maybe they updated the hardware or just changed the software to make it suitable for helicopters…


Either way the AV8OR seems like a very capable unit. It can provide real time satellite weather data from NEXRAD and others , gives you airport information with a single tap, lets you plan flights, gives you a traffic avoidance option, and a lot more.


If all of that is not enough it will even work in your vehicle as a regular GPS navigation system. It costs around $600 on various online retailers. Here are some of the specs:



  • 4.3″ Touch Screen LCD, 480 x 272 Pixels

  • 800 mAh battery (1600 mAh optional)

  • On-screen keyboard

  • quick database updates or flight updates can be transferred from a PC

  • Upload logged flights to your home PC for display on programs such as Google Earth

  • 4 GB SD card comes with aviation and automotive databases for either North America/Canada or Europe

  • Automotive database includes more than 10 million Points of Interest (POI) in the U.S. and 2 million POIs in Canada

  • dual Bluetooth interfaces for alternate devices such as a cell phone, XM weather receiver, or alternate GPS Receiver





TomTom XL 350

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TomTom XL 350



TomTom just recently announced their new TomTom XL 350. This is a GPS navigation system with a 4.3″ touchscreen, 7 million POIs, advanced lane guidance, TomTom’s new EasyMenu user interface, IQ Routes Technology and TomTom Map Share. IQ Routes makes routing decision based on historical traffic data, and Map Share allows you to make corrections to maps and share with TomTom communit.


TomTom XL 350M and XL350TM will also offer lifetime free TeleNav map updates which gets refreshed every month, and Lifetime Traffic Updates, ensures the smartest and fastest routing possible which is available on XL 350T, and XL 350TM.


The TomTom XL350 will be available in late May and prices will begin at $169. Lifetime Maps and Lifetime Traffic Updates are each available for an additional $30.00.




(Via NaviGadget.)

Pioneer announces new in-dash GPS navigation systems

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Pioneer announces new in-dash GPS navigation systems



Pioneer just added to their ‘Carrozzeria’ HDD car navigation systems. The two new series are ‘CYBER’ with built-in flash and ‘Easy Navigation Lite’ both of which will have three new models.

Cyber

AVIC-VH9990: 325,500 yen

AVIC-ZH9990: 304,500 yen

AVIC-H9990: 189,000 yen

Easy navigation Lite

AVIC-MRZ90G: 173,000 yen

AVIC-MRZ90II: 133,000 yen

AVIC-MRZ85: 112,000 yen


In the Cyber series 1DIN +1 DIN’s ‘AVIC-VH9990″ and the 2DIN ‘AVIC-ZH9990″ both come with 7″ 800x480 LCD touch screen LCD, digital terrestrial tuner and a DVD navigation system with HDD drive. ‘AVIC-H9990″ on the other hand HDD AV Navi unit model.


Lite easy navigation has the 2DIN MRZ90G and MRZ90II with a 7″ LCD, MRZ85 with 6.1″ LCD. However they all have 800x480 resolution. Internal memory is the same as traditional navigation 4GB.




(Via NaviGadget.)

garmin-asus A10

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garmin-asus A10



Not to be confused with garminfone or nuviphone M10 Garmin and Asus partnership just announced another Android powered phone called Garmin Asus A10.


Of course its focus is again on GPS navigation; however more so for pedestrians rather than drivers which probably means it’s probably not going to make it to the U.S. where driving almost always takes precedence. The press release actually says it will be available in mid-2010 in Europe and Asia-Pacific.


Garmin-Asus A10 features a 3.2″ touch screen, electronic compass and a 1500mAh battery. Depending on your location the A10 will contain preloaded maps so you won’t have to rely on a data connection for maps which can be non-existent or just too expensive to use. Of course Garmin-Asus A10 will also work in your vehicle too - thanks to the powered audio mount.


Some other features of A10 include WebKit browser with multi-touch, 5MP camera with auto-focus, and auto-geotag, built-in accelerometer for horizontal and landscape views.


GPS navigation on iPad from CoPilot

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GPS navigation on iPad from CoPilot







Our friends at CoPilot just announced their GPS navigation system on the new Apple iPad 3G. But you know Apple is - you’ll have to wait for the new app to get approved by the App Nazis. What’s cool with the new app is that maps stored on the device, so no need for a data connection. Called CoPilot Live HD, this GPS navigation software takes full advantage of the large screen offered by the iPad and can show split screen; combining 2D with 3D instructions, and auto rotate the as you turn the device.


They hope to make the app available for the release of iPad 3G which is coming up soon and maps for additional regions will be launched as the iPad 3G becomes available worldwide in coming months.


CoPilot Live HD North America like we said has been submitted to the App Store for approval, and it is expected to be available early May for $30. One time fee, no monthly fees.



(Via NaviGadget.)

Pro Tech offender tracking GPS ankle unit

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Pro Tech offender tracking GPS ankle unit



Makers of offender tracking devices - Pro Tech - just got their latest Smart One Wearable MTD through FCC meaning soon you’ll be able to see this on your favorite offender’s ankle (??!). For obvious reasons this is a live tracking device which utilizes a sensitive, low power GPS receiver, as well as a GSM/GPRS module transmitting location information to the ‘base’.


This tracking device supports various rules such as exclusion and inclusion zones, schedules, etc, and they are all stored in the device. This makes it possible for the ankle unit to warn the offender about a possible violation even when there are no wireless signals.


Other features include communication via LED lights and vibration, soft key for offender acknowledgment, support for multiple tracking technologies including GPS, and an advanced motion sensor.


If you happen to wear one of these please let us know your thoughts on this GPS tracking device. Performance, sensitivity, battery life, etc…




(Via NaviGadget.)

cerevellum GPS for bikes and rear view camera

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cerevellum GPS for bikes and rear view camera



The Cerevellum, which is a medical term for the brain, is a prototype GPS for bikes. Its main feature is the rear view camera it integrates so you’ll always know what’s happening on the road behind you - which is really valuable for people on their bikes. It seems like an ideal gadget for the city cyclist who can not only see what happens behind them but also record it in 30 second loops.


The Cerevellum is now only a prototype; it is scheduled to hit the market in 2011. It will have a 3.5″ screen, full color, heart rate monitor with other cyclometer functions and a battery life of four hours…

TomTom Urban Rider GPS navigation for bikes

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TomTom Urban Rider GPS navigation for bikes



TomTom just announced their latest GPS navigation system for bikers called TomTom Urban Rider. Expected to go on sale in Europe at the end of May for 249 € the new Urban Rider tries to make things very easy for hands with gloves on such as even bigger icons, glove friendly touch screen, and only two button operation.


Other features include the usual Tomtom services such as IQ routes, and MapShare.


If you want the maps of whole Europe it will cost you an extra 50 € and there’s also the pro version which adds bluetooth headset into the mix.




(Via NaviGadget.)