Garmin GPSMAP 695 and 696

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Garmin GPSMAP 695 and 696



Garmin just announced new chart capabilities for the GPSMAP 695 and GPSMAP 696. Soon you will be able to refer to georeferenced Garmin FliteCharts. With its 7″ portrait style screen pilots will be able to view the entire approach plate, and see their plane’s exact position while monitoring other tidbits of information on approach charts.


With Garmin GPSMAP 695 and 696 if the current approach is known, it will automatically select the correct chart based on the flight plan.


You will have to wait until 4th quarter of 2010 to get your hands on the new georeferenced version of Garmin FliteCharts. It will cost one-time fee of $500 and can be enabled at fly.garmin.com.


Garmin-Asus Announces the A50 for Australia

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Garmin-Asus Announces the A50 for Australia



Aussie’s can now find their way on their giant island thanks to Garmin. Garmin just officially announced Garmin-Asus A50 for Australia; partnering with Optus. A50 was already out in other places for a while now including USA, Taiwan, etc.


Feature set of Garmin-Asus A50 haven’t changed much. It still likes to geotag anything and everything, offers 3.5″ touch screen, 3MP auto focus camera, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0, and a 1150mAh battery.


A50 is quite competitively priced in Australia. It costs $0 after a 2 year contract starting today and online starting August 2.




(Via NaviGadget.)

Escort 84 Smart Mirror GPS Navigator

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Escort 84 Smart Mirror GPS Navigator



Rear view mirror GPS navigation systems have been on our radar for a long time now. We just came across this on Amazon the other day. For a whopping $800 Escort 84 Smart Mirror GPS Navigator can be yours. But hey! You get free two-day shipping! Some of the features of this Escort brand GPS navigation system include hands-free bluetooth connectivity and integrated speakers, 4-inch touch screen LCD with 16:9 ratio; 16 channel GPS receiver, and a SD memory card slot for your media files such as other maps, photos, and music; all fitted in your mirror.




(Via NaviGadget.)

Nokia C6

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Nokia C6



Nokia just recently announced their latest Symbian handset called Nokia C6. This is S60 5th edition and includes customizable home screen similar to N97. Obviously this is a GPS enabled device and the GPS related features include Ovi Maps with free lifetime navigation, integrated GPS, and A-GPS receivers, accelerometer for correct orientation of display, automatic geotagging of images, and even a Nokia Maps loader application for a PC.


Other then the GPS features Nokia C6 is still packed. You’ve got a 5MP camera, secondary camera for video calls, LED flash, a full keyboard, WiFi, and a 3.2″ touchscreen. The battery in there is a 1200mAh which should be decent, but if you leave the FM radio on you could easily drain the battery faster than you think.


Anyhow, it will cost £289 unlocked or £229 with a pay as you go plan. Check it out here.




Magellan Unveiled The eXplorist 710 Handheld GPS Device

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Magellan Unveiled The eXplorist 710 Handheld GPS Device



Magellan unveiled the rugged eXplorist 710 handheld GPS device which will be available to consumers in Q4 2010 at an M.S.R.P. of USD $549.99. The eXplorist 710 features a 3.0-inch color touch screen, a 3.2 mega-pixel camera with auto-focus, microphone and speaker to record geo-referenced images, videos, and voice notes. Preloaded with Magellan’s World Edition map, the device also includes OneTouch™ favorites menu, expandable memory, paperless geocaching, GPX compatibility, 16 hours of battery life, high sensitivity GPS enabling 3-5 meters of accuracy, vertical profiling, a digital almanac, track summary statistics and area calculation.




(Via TRENDY GADGET.)

Expresso GPS Is Just As Useful On The Back Nine As It Is On The Highways

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Expresso GPS Is Just As Useful On The Back Nine As It Is On The Highways

Expresso GPS (Images courtesy Expresso Satellite Navigation Ltd.)

This isn’t the first GPS device we’ve brought you designed for golfers, but the fact that the Expresso can also be used in your car as your standard navigational unit makes it considerably more versatile and easier to justify. On the golf side of things the unit licenses the iGolf software providing users access to their database of over 32,500 courses worldwide, or you can map your own course if your local greens aren’t listed. The software also lets you keep track of the score and stats of each round, and since the unit is water resistant, you shouldn’t have to worry about a little rain dampening your fun.


On the automotive side of things, the Expresso once again goes the licensing route with Navigon’s software and NAVTEQ’s map database. So you get everything from 2D or 3D map views depending on your preference, ZAGAT rated points of interest, multiple destination routing, lane assistance so you know where to be when exiting or merging on highways, and pretty much everything else offered by the Navigon software.


But the fun doesn’t stop there. With its 480×320 resolution display and SD card slot, the Expresso also serves as a half-decent media player while on the road and even though supported file formats aren’t specified on their site, it’s safe to assume that it at least handles the all-important DIVX format. I’ll also point out that the Expresso has a clever articulated screen design as you can see in the product shots, so you can use it sitting on the dashboard or with a windshield suction cup mount. And when unfolded you can even place it in one of your vehicle’s (car or golf cart) cup holders since a pair of pop-out spring-loaded stability wings will ensure a proper fit no matter how large it is. The only thing that’s missing is pricing and availability info.


[ Expresso GPS ] VIA [ I4U News ]



Sony NV-U76V PND Hits Japan

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Sony NV-U76V PND Hits Japan


The Sony NV-U76V PND comes equipped with a 4.8-inch display screen with a 480 x 272 pixel resolution, an 8GB of storage space, Bluetooth connectivity and a 1Seg TV tuner with the possibility to record video. What makes this navigation gadget special is that it features a new ‘Position Plus GT’, which is able to guide thought tunnels or areas with poor GPS coverage. Measuring 141mm x 17.5mm x 88.5mm and weighing 255 grams, the Sony NV-U76V PND retails for around 60,000 Yen ($683). [Akihabara]


AG1 combines automotive and golf GPS

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AG1 combines automotive and golf GPS



AG1 is a brand new GPS navigation system announced by Expresso today. It can be used as a regular car GPS navigation system to get turn by turn driving directions or as a golf range finder which includes more than 33000 courses around the world. In addition it includes a media player for your tunes and videos. We don’t know how much it will cost as ‘where to buy’ section of their website is still under construction.


AG1 has an automatic portrait and landscape function, 3.6″ TFT LCD touchscreen, battery that can last up to 10 - 12 hours, built in stereo speakers, and two SD card slots that allows up to 64GB of storage.


The car navigation system portion of AG1 is done via collaboration with NAVIGON while the golfing part of the device is integrated with help from iGolf.


There’s a lot more information on ExpressoGPS’ website.



Press release after the jump:

Expresso Satellite Navigation, Ltd. is excited to announce the release of the AG1, the world’s first portable navigation device featuring automotive and golf GPS in addition to a fully functional Portable Media Player.


Partnering with NAVIGON and iGolf, two well-established brands in the GPS marketplace, Expresso is proud to deliver the AG1 with an exciting array of cutting-edge features including: NAVIGON turn-byturn directions on the road, iGolf rangefinder, portable media player, wide Mobile HD touch screen, dual stereo speakers, automatic portrait and landscape switching, dual SD card slots, articulating screen, 533 MHz Samsung Processor, and 5-way mounting capabilities that will easily adapt to your needs.


‘With collaborations between multiple GPS industry-leaders along with thousands of hours spent in intensive R&D, Expresso is excited that the AG1 has created an entirely new category of portable navigation products,’ said Mike Aroney, Managing Director of Expresso Satellite Navigation, Ltd. ‘With a unique patented form factor that is truly portable coupled with the functionality of a golf rangefinder, an automotive GPS, and a portable media player all-in-one, our goal was to create a very light pocketsized device with numerous built-in mounting capabilities and a battery capacity of over 500 miles of navigation.’


Responsible for the automotive navigation portion of the device, NAVIGON has contributed their award winning easy to use GPS software, allowing for an unrivaled assortment of features combined with North America’s leading map database from NAVTEQ. In charge of the golf course rangefinder included in the Expresso AG1, iGolf is a pioneer in the golf GPS industry, with a database of more than 33,000 courses worldwide and gorgeous full color course displays that have been relied upon by golfers worldwide since 2003.


The unified vehicle mounting system incorporated into the AG1 eliminates the need for bulky accessories such as bean bag dash mounts and suction cup windshield mounts that can create unsightly blind spots. Feel comfortable knowing you can mount the AG1 safely in most vehicles and be on the road in less than 5 seconds, and you are legal in all 50 US states including California and Minnesota….

(Via NaviGadget.)