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Thinkware I-Navi K2 GPS goes 3D


Instead of showing a flat, bird eye view of your destination route, the Thinkware I-Navi K2 navigation unit spices things up a bit with a little 3D graphics action. This provides the driver with better orientation on where the exact destination is relative to the car’s current location. Beyond the graphics, the I-Navi K2 does double duty as a video and MP3 player, featuring a 4.8-inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) LCD, 256MB of RAM, built-in microphone, Bluetooth, integrated speakers with Yamaha 3D sound chip, 8GB SDHC memory card, DMB TV tuner, and a Geomagnetic sensor (G-sensor) — which is a 3-axis sensor able to detect the absolute orientation of the North Pole for better reliability in its path finding capabilities. Photo viewer, games, and e-book reader round out the features list.

For the driver’s safety, the Thinkware I-Navi K2 can sync with Bluetooth enabled phones to automatically take incoming calls. The I-Navi K2 can be used as a “hands-free” set using its built-in microphone. The GPS unit will hit Korea for 549,000 KRW ($549 USD).




Reigncom iriver NV Life


Reigncom is updating its current iriver NV line with its newest ‘Life’ line. The newer iriver NV Life navigational device includes Mappy United map software, WVGA resolution, dual CPU, DMB tuner, MP3 playback, video player, text viewer, and rear camera.

The iriver NV Life looks decent enough; however, Reigncom hasn’t announced pricing or shipping dates.




Getac’s rugged PS535 PDA with GPS

Do people still use PDAs these days? Apparently, Getac thinks so. Getac has announced its rugged PS535 PDA that is PS535 MIL-STD-801F compliant, so it can withstand vibrations and shock abuse. In fact, it can withstand 2,000 1.6-foot drops. On top of that, the PDA meets IEC-529 standards for water and dust resistance. Probably aimed at the government/military users, the PS535 features:


* 400 MHz Samsung S3C2440A processor
* 3.5″ TFT QVGA touchscreen LCD display
* Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0
* 2GB Flash memory
* 64MB of RAM
* Bluetooth
* Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
* SD card slot
* Mic-in and Line-out
* Battery life: 2400mAh lithium-ion; 8 hours before recharging

The Getac PS535E measures 5.7 x 3.3 x 1.2 inches and weighs 10.6 ounces. So, it’s no heftier than your average PDA. Getac has not announced pricing or availability details.


Via: WindowsForDevices

Finedrive CUVi: smallest navi + dmb device?


Like always, here’s another gadget that won’t be hitting this side of the pond. From Finedrive comes the CUVi, one of the smallest navigational and DMB device I have ever seen. Set to hit the Korean market, the CUVi comes with a 3.5-inch display in a compact and lightweight form — weighing 152g or 0.34 lbs. It supports music, video, and DMB playback. Estimated battery life is 2 hours.

Starting price tag is 299,999 Won ($300 USD)



O’Neill NavJacket: GPS in your sweater


O’Neill, the sports clothing company, has announced the NavJacket, a sweater jacket with a built-in GPS. The NavJacket looks like your ordinary ski/snowboarding sweater jacket, except it has got a flexible GPS LED display sewn onto the left sleeve. The display provides information about your current speed, distance traveled, and weather forecasts. It also has built-in speakers inside the hood to provide audio instructions. In addition, the NavJacket allows wearers to connect their cell phone to the GPS, providing the phone with 3D maps and points of interests throughout the resort. Other reported features include the “find a friend”, which allows you to locate your friends on the slopes or follow the route they took. O’Neill plans to release the consumer version in time for the 2008/2009 Winter season.

We hear news stories of lost snowboarders every winter. The NavJacket should help prevent snowboarders from getting lost should they travel off course.


Via: MAKE and NaviGadget

Bluebird Pidion BM-350: 3G + GPS


From Korean manufacturer, Bluebird, comes the Pidion BM-350. It’s a new PDA phone that runs Windows Mobile 6 with 3G and GPS (using the SiRF III chip) support. And, of course, like most overseas gadgets, we’re (U.S.) probably gonna miss out on this one as well… It should be out in Europe later this year for around 500 Euros ($770).

* Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), 3G (2100 MHz), GPRS, EDGE and HSDPA (3G+)
* integrated SiRF III GPS receiver with A-GPS support
* 2.8? TFT LCD touch screen with 320×240 pixel resolution
* 520Mhz PXA 270 processor
* 1.3MP digital camera
* 0.3MP front camera for the videoconferencing
* FM Radio
* 64 or 128 MB of RAM
* 128 or 256 MB of ROM
* Infra-red 1.2
* Bluetooth 2.0
* Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
* microSD HC port (up to 32 GB)
* MiniUSB 2.0 and USB Host
* Removable 1230mAh Li-Ion battery with 200 hours standby and 6 hours talk time
* Dimensions: 11.4×6.1×1.5 cm
* Weight: 120 grams
* Windows Mobile 6 Pro


Via: NaviGadget