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Garmin Outdoor Product Hints

May
20

Garmin recently announced a new line of handheld GPS devices, the Montana series. These models feature a four inch screen, slightly bigger than the older three inch models on devices like the Oregon. But what has us pondering more is the hints at other new products Garmin dropped on their site. I’ll take the bait and speculate on what might be coming. Continue–> Garmin Outdoor Product Hints

INRIX App – Comparative Traffic

May
19

A couple of years ago in my post ‘Painting the Traffic Picture‘, I argued that for many hard-core commuters, they care not about what the traffic speed is, but how it differs from “normal”. They know what normal traffic conditions are, they know which roads will likely be slow, so it is more useful for them to know what might be different from typical.

Today, INRIX updated their Traffic app to version 3.0 and added a feature that does just that…. “Comparative Traffic – see what’s abnormal”. Glad to see that they too thought this would be a valuable change. Also added are the ability to submit a report if you find traffic conditions different than represented and a way to see traffic in areas not near your current location.

Coalition to Save GPS Created

Mar
10

Back in January the FCC granted a conditional waiver to LightSquared, allowing them to “expansion of terrestrial use of the satellite spectrum immediately neighboring that of GPS” according to the new coalition. LightSquared is building up to 40,000 ground stations which will transmit broadband signals up to one billion times more powerful than the GPS satellites as measured from earth and could produce dead spots for GPS receivers surrounding those ground stations. Continue–> Coalition to Save GPS Created

Garmin NuLink 1695

Nov
24

The nuLink 1695 is Garmin’s latest entry into the SIM-connected pnd market. While it has it’s roots firmly planted in the nuvi 1xxx line, it grabs some of the latest features from Garmin’s flagship 37xx series.

Combining a 5″ widescreen, live Navteq traffic, Bluetooth, an expanded package of nuLink services and the latest nuRoute features, it’s a good upgrade from Garmin’s only other connected model, the 1690. But how does it match up with Tomtom’s Live models? That’s the same market Garmin is going after with the 1695. After a couple weeks with it (and a side-trip to the Jersey Shore with another moderator, Boyd), here’s what I’ve found so far. Continue–> Garmin NuLink 1695

Why the Nuvifone Failed

Oct
28

It is pretty simple. Garmin tried to sell a smartphone based on a single application. People instead purchase smartphones based on the entire ecosystem of apps available for each platform. While you can add other apps to the Nuvifone just like any other smartphone, you can more easily add a good navigation app to any other smartphone on the market. People did, and will continue to do so. Doesn’t matter how good the Nuvifone was or how good the navigation was.

Garmin iPhone App?

Oct
26

We’ve been hearing for nearly a year now that Garmin has had an iPhone app in active development, but was holding off releasing it until their mobile handset (Nuvifone) project had clear results. Now that the results are a bit more clear and Garmin seems to be ditching their phone efforts, a Garmin iPhone app (and Garmin Android App too) seem much more likely. That was nearly confirmed today with this quite from Garmin and Asus announcing their break-up. Continue–> Garmin iPhone App?

My Love Hate Relationship with Geocaching

Oct
20

Over the years I’ve developed a love/hate relationship with geocaching. Lately I’ve been drifting more towards the hate side, although I’m still an active participant. My biggest issue is that people don’t seem to think about where the place caches. The impact I see caused by the location of certain caches is turning me away from wanting to be an active participant. Continue–> My Love Hate Relationship with Geocaching

Why You Can’t Reverse a Route

Sep
23

A question that comes up again and again in our GPS Discussion Forums is Why can’t you reverse a route? A similar question with virtually the same answer is Why does my GPS pick a different route when going back to the original starting point? People often notice that a GPS might pick a different route from point B to point A than it does from A to B. Why is this? There are a few reasons. Continue–> Why You Can’t Reverse a Route

TomTom Looney Tunes Voices

Sep
22

TomTom has announced a partnership with Warner Bros so that you can now get Looney Tunes™ voices on your TomTom GPS. Starting today you can add Bugs Bunny or Yosemite Sam to your TomTom GPS for about $13 each. Additional voices will be offered later in the Fall including Daffy Duck, Sylvester and PepĂ© Le Pew. Continue–> TomTom Looney Tunes Voices

Garmin Acquires MetriGear for Power

Sep
21

Garmin announced today they have acquired MetriGear, a company specializing in power meters for cyclists. Their products like the Vector are integrated into the spindle of bike pedals and measure watts produced by the cyclist through pressure sensors. No new products were introduced, but it isn’t hard to imagine future Edge products from Garmin integrating this new hardware.




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