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Trekker Braille GPS

Trekker Braille GPS

So every now and then I watch an episode of one of the CSI television series, There are a few series now and they are all full of magic things. Methods of research that are so new that nobody ever heard about, and research that takes only 10% of the time that it takes in real life. ;-)

In this (old?) episode of CSI Miami I saw this magic GPS device: a speaking GPS for the blind. And like more often I was sceptical, but decided to do a search for that device. It did exist! I did find that Trekker Braille GPS! I could not believe my eyes. Great!

I think I know something, but not everything. The device was already introduced in 2005 when I read Engadget. I am confused by the brand name, type and maker, because the device has so many names.

Nice specs:

  • Real-time information: Announces streets, intersections, addresses and stores as you come to them.
  • On/offline Map Browsing: Virtually tour an area before visiting it.
  • Route planning and recording: Create your own itinerary.
  • Flexible level of vocal information.
  • Vocal Point of Interest creation: Allows you to create your own point of interest.
  • Access to GPS status information
  • Motorized mode: Use Trekker in a moving vehicle.
  • Route mode: Trekker creates an itinerary based on an entered address.
  • Free mode: Receive and enter information away from street networks
  • Tactile keyboard: For easy data entry and instant function access.

I will do my best to get my hands on one to tell you something more about it.


March 5th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in hardware, navigation, smartphones, software
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Gizmodo gets hands-on on Nüvifone G60 and M20

Garmin-Asus G60

Garmin-Asus G60

Gizmodo’s Jesus Diaz has been so lucky to be one of the first to have  the nothing less than impressive Garmin-Asus Nüvifone G60 in his hands. Jesus is attending the Mobile World Congress 2009 (MWC’09) in Barcelona, Spain. Next to the G60 he also tried the M20, but this pre-production (Windows Mobile 6) piece wasnt’s ready for that.

Go here for the Gizmodo video’s: G60 and M20

The specs of the G60 are nice:

  • 2G Connectivity: Quad-band GSM / GPRS / Edge 850/900/1800/1900
    3G Connectivity: 850/1900/2100 HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
    Other Connectivity: 802.11 b/g WLAN, Bluetooth, HFP, HSP, AVRCP, A2DP mini-USB 2.0
    OS: Linux
    Dimensions: 112 x 58.1 x 14.6 mm
    Weight: 137g (battery included)
    Display: 3.55″ 65K colors, anti-glare resistive touchscreen
    Display Resolution: 272 x 480 WQVGA
    Camera/Photos: 3MP camera with auto-focus and geo-tagging
    Flash Memory: 4GB on-board 128 MB RAM
    Expandable Memory: Micro SD, HC Capable, expandable up to 16GB
    Music Player: MP3 capable
    Headphone Jack: 2.5 mm
    Battery: 1100 mAh removable/rechargeable lithium cell
    Email: POP3, IMAP 4, IMAP idle, SMTP
    Internet: HTML browser based on Webkit platform
    Calendar/PIM: Outlook contacts and calendar
    Productivity: Document viewing: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, JPG

I would like to touch one too!

You can the find the M20 specs: HERE

[It is funny to see that he keeps calling the devices NuviPhone. ;-) ]

via: Gizmodo

[also nice pics on: LapTop Mag]

February 15th, 2009 | 8 Comments | Posted in gps passion, handheld, navigation, smartphones
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