January 22, 2007
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Soon, the entire nüvi product line will soon accept Garmin’s U.S. Topo and BlueChart® cartography. U.S. Topo cartography will provide access to basic information such as terrain contours, elevation information, trails, and rivers, available from Garmin’s
website. BlueChart will show shaded depth contours, intertidal zones, spot soundings, port plans, and navaids with view range and coverage.
The nüvi 370 and nüvi 670 are expected to be available in February at an MSRP of $899 and $1099, respectively. The nüvi 350 and nüvi 660 Asian Americas versions are expected to be available in March 2007 at an MSRP of $599 and $899, respectively.
On the other end of the spectrum is a hobbyist’s GPS from Garmin (and probably not on the docket at CES, but well worth mentioning) is the Garmin eTrex Venture Cx. The Cx is a very good consumer level GPS, popular among those who may not want something really complex, or want to relax from a week’s worth of figuring out technology and just get out in the woods, and find a way back out of them.
The Garmin eTrex Venture Cx pocket handheld navigator has a full color 176 x 220 pixel display, expandable memory, and automatic routing capabilities, 500 waypoints, 32-hour battery life, and card slot. Additionally, the unit includes the following features:
-MicroSD card slot gives you the versatility of adding optional maps on the go.
-256-color, sunlight-readable display makes it easy to distinguish map details and see where you’re going
-Supports English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French languages.
-Provides automatic, turn-by-turn directions with optional preprogrammed City Navigator cards to navigate you safely to your destination
-Longer battery life for more hours of outdoor enjoyment
Suggested Retail Price: $246.41 U.S.D. (for domestic US market only)
Trimble introduced its GuideWorx GPS application, which further extends its Trimble Outdoors suite of GPS-on-cellular applications. GuideWorx GPS turns a mobile phone into a GPS device for both on and off-road navigation. Users will be able to use their mobile phone to get voice prompted turn-by-turn driving directions, as well as off-road navigation. They will be able to retrieve maps and other real time information and share it online.
Additionally, users can mark photos they take along the way and audio clips with GPS location information. They can then post these records to an online community as part of an automatically generated GPS-tracked travel log, and share them with family or friends using Trimble Outdoors’ free PC planning software.
The GuideWorx GPS application is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2007 on select Sprint (NYSE:S) GPS-enabled mobile phones for $9.99 per month.
SpaceTraveler, revolutionize 3D navigation for many types of users. The support is offered through Autodesk DWF Viewer and Design Review Service Packs available for immediate download from the
Top News of the Week
Carbon Project, the world leader in geosocial networking, announced that its CarbonTools PRO, Gaia and ((Echo))MyPlace software now includes support for Microsoft Virtual Earth.
The Virtual Earth platform is Microsoft's next-generation mapping and location service. It combines exciting new innovations including bird's-eye imagery, satellite and aerial imagery, map styles and usability as well as enhanced local search. CarbonTools PRO is an extension to the Microsoft .NET Framework that supports advanced location content handling and sharing.
Tele Atlas, provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location based solutions, and
MCH GeoPoints, a compiler of geospatially-enabled institutional databases, announced an agreement to integrate MCH GeoPoints' data within Tele Atlas' digital maps and points of interest (POI) products. Through the agreement, federal, state and local governments and commercial enterprises such as insurance and utility companies will have access to the highly accurate and up-to-date information for their mission-critical, map-based applications.
LizardTech, a division of Celartem, Inc., and a provider of software solutions for managing and distributing digital content, announced its role as an associate sponsor of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).
LizardTech has been a continual supporter of open standard initiatives such as JPEG 2000 and GML, and by becoming an associate sponsor of OSGeo, the company is demonstrating its commitment to supporting the open source community now and into the future. LizardTech uses a number of OSGeo's open source projects, such as the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL), to help build its expanding line of geospatial products. In addition, LizardTech's engineering manager, Michael P. Gerlek, is a founding member and vice president of OSGeo.
BlueSky, the aerial survey company, has been awarded contracts to create detailed thermal maps for eight local authorities across the UK. The thermal mapping will be used to identify buildings with high heat loss, and therefore potentially poor insulation, prioritize remedial action and meet government targets for increasing energy efficiency and energy conservation reporting.
ESRI has expanded its 4-H Club geographic information system (GIS) grant program for 2007. The grants include GIS software, training, and supplemental materials. The 2007 initiative offers grants for both introductory- and intermediate-level GIS programs. The introductory level supports 4-H Clubs new to GIS and GPS technology. The intermediate level is for clubs that have successfully applied for and received software under a previous 4-H GIS grant from ESRI and have completed the requirements of submitting a Community Atlas project, participating in a GIS Day event, and completing a community service project.
Online real estate broker
Redfin Corporation released a new version of www.redfin.com based on the Microsoft Virtual Earth map platform, offering home-buyers powerful new ways to explore a neighborhood. With this announcement, Redfin also more than doubled its geographic coverage in the Greater Seattle and San Francisco Bay Areas; and added online agent chat and more listing information such as homeowner's dues.
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