Waypoints is a collection of GPS news shorts, announcements, random musings, etc., from the past week.
I've given quite a bit of space this past week to announcements from the Hanover, Germany, Consumer Electronics show. Here are a few additional notes:
- CompeGPS plans to bring the TwoNav Aventura, a hybrid trail/auto navigation device, to the U.S.
- In my post on the Garmin nuvi 900T, I overlooked the fact that it has lifetime traffic. Perhaps this feature will make it to other Garmin models.
- Commentary on the safety aspects of Garmin adding TV to the 900T.
- A gallery of the Navigon 8110 and 2100 max.
- Meanwhile, GPS Business News thinks Black Friday consumers won't pony up for Navigon's FreshMaps.
- Magellan announces some new RoadMate models for Europe.
- Pocket GPS World blogs the show.
- Geocaching with the Triton 400.
- Build a Wherigo cartridge and you might just win a Colorado/Wherigo geocoin.
- Or just go geocaching and find one.
- Earlier this year I wrote about Colorado and Wyoming topo maps from MiscJunk. Now they've released their free Garmin-compatible topo maps of Utah. Via Allory.
- Three of the largest map-making blunders ever. Via The Map Room.
- Retro topo map symbols. Via The Map Room.
- The Forerunner 305 may be a better multi-sport device than the Forerunner 405.
- Garmin continues to buy up European distributors.
- Details on the transition from MotionBased to Garmin Connect.
- How to beat the 2025 map segment limit on some Garmin handhelds.
GPS firmware, software, etc.
- Adding itinerary planning to the TomTom ONE 3rd edition.
- A comprehensive guide to geotagging photos on a Mac. Via The Map Room.
- Nav N Go cuts off Mio. I'm not sure where this leaves Mio since it's been reported that they were going to continue to use Nav N Go for a while on their higher end units.
- Magellan has posted firmware updates for all Tritons except the 2000. There is discussion at TritonForum.com.
- Magellan has also posted an update to its VantagePoint software. Via Allory.
- Garmin has released new firmware for the 60Cx, 60CSx, 76Cx, 76CSx, Edge 605/705, and the nuvi 5000.
- Garmin has also posted an updated version of Training Center for Windows.
- A solar-powered GPS charger.
- The Today Show puts several GPS units to the test.
- A preview of the Dash Express 3-D map view.
- A new type of touch screen interface.
Cell phones and GPS
- Garmin has posted a new version of Mobile XT for Windows Mobile.
- Speaking of which, here's a review of Garmin XT.
- AAA Mobile is now available for some BlackBerry phones.
- Nav N Go on the iPhone.
- Great background on collecting imagery for Google Earth in this post by Frank Taylor.
- Google map-makers told to stay off military bases.
- Can you successfully sue a GPS manufacturer if you turn onto railroad tracks, etc.? Here's an article on the legal landscape of GPS devices.
- This article on the safety of GPS has an interesting aside -- roads showing up in GPS devices before they are even open! They must update Australian units more frequently than they do here!
- Robomagellan is a scaled down version of the DARPA Grand Challenge.
- I think we've seen similar reports before...TMC can be hacked.
- NAVTEQ expands into the Asia Pacific region.
- The EU objects to TomTom / TeleAtlas deal.
Updated GPS reviews
- Garmin Astro review - Allory Deiss reviews this hunting dog tracking system.
- Garmin Colorado 300 review - I've linked to this comparison of the Colorado 300 and the older Garmin 60CS.
- Garmin Forerunner 205 review - Kaizenlog has posted this review.
- Garmin Forerunner 305 review - Addicted to Running adds part three to his review.
- Garmin nuvi 200W review - Here's a YouTube video walk through.
- Garmin nuvi 760 review - XtremeCPU reviews this popular unit.
- TomTom GO 720 review - ENN has posted a review from Ireland.