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My Custom TomTom Lets You Customize Your GPS Unit

My Custom TomTom (Images courtesy TomTom)
By Andrew Liszewski

Odds are if you’re really a stickler about having a matching interior in your car you’ve already got a built-in GPS unit in the dashboard, but TomTom’s new My Custom option is a handy way to have your navigation unit match the rest of your car if you’ve opted for an after-market unit. There’s a pretty large selection of pre-made designs to choose from on their website (depending on the model you choose) or you can upload your own images and add custom text all from their website. The printing itself is done by CafePress who have some experience with this kind of thing, and from what I can tell the added graphics add about $10 to the cost of the unit.

[ My Custom TomTom ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

Transcend Goggles Are First To Feature Integrated GPS

By Chris Scott Barr

Having a GPS is great when you’re visiting a new city. As there’s nothing quite like getting lost and having to stop in a seedy part of town and ask directions. However, if you’re somewhere that has no people to ask for directions, such technology is invaluable. That’s what makes these Transcend goggles so awesome.

The goggles feature a built in HUD which gives you information such as latitude/longitude, altitude, speed traveled, current temperature, time and more. The best part is that when you get back home, you can plug them into your computer and download the GPS information. The included software then overlays your route with Google Maps so you can see exactly where you’ve been. The spiffy goggles will set you back either $400 or $500 (depending on whether you want polarized lenses or not) and can be preordered now.

[ Zeal Optics ] VIA [ Technabob ]

TomTom Now Offering Looney Tunes Voices

TomTom Now Offering Looney Tunes Voices (Images courtesy TomTom)
By Andrew Liszewski

If TomTom’s Star Wars voice offerings aren’t doing it for you, particularly their not so spot-on impersonation of Han Solo, maybe you’ll prefer their new Looney Tunes options. Of course you’ll have to settle for today’s Looney Tunes voices given Mel Blanc is no longer around to record custom directions, with Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam available at launch followed by Daffy Duck and Sylvester in October and a couple with Pepé le Pew (including one for the ladies) in November. And like with the Star Wars voices the new Looney Tunes ones are $12.95 each

[ TomTom - Looney Tunes voices now available for TomTom devices ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

Casio’s New EXILIM EX-H20G Hybrid GPS Camera Lets You Geotag Indoors

Casio EXILIM EX-H20G (Image courtesy Casio)
By Andrew Liszewski

Today Casio introduced a couple of new P&S digital cameras, with the EXILIM EX-H20G pictured here being the more interesting of the two, at least in my opinion. It’s got a 14.1MP sensor with 10X optical zoom, H.264 720P @ 30fps video recording capabilities, a 3 inch LCD display and CCD-shift image stabilization. Nothing that remarkable, unless you’re a world traveler who’ll appreciate the camera’s GPS capabilities.

Casio EXILIM EX-H20G (Image courtesy Casio)

The EXILIM EX-H20G boasts a hybrid GPS system which uses actual GPS positioning, in conjunction with an internal motion sensor, to pinpoint, or at least intelligently guess, a user’s position even when a GPS signal is unavailable. It uses the camera’s last known satellite-acquired position, information from the motion sensor and map data stored in the camera to mark the location of a photo even if you’re indoors. It might not be 100% accurate, but it’s better than nothing.

That map data also lets you use the EX-H20G as a handheld GPS unit while in unfamiliar territory, helping you get around and even reminding you where videos or photos you snapped were actually taken on a map. And if you want to make the most of your time being a tourist, it’s even got a database of 10,000 sightseeing photo spots around the world, which will alert you when there’s a POI nearby. Of course that extra functionality is bound to take a toll on the camera’s battery life, but nothing is free in this world right? The EXILIM EX-H20G will be available sometime in November for $349.99.

[ Casio EXILIM ]

Bushnell Updates Their BackTrack With The Point-3 & Point-5

Bushnell BackTrack Point-3 and Point-5 (Images courtesy Bushnell)
By Meg Lynch

Once smartphones gained GPS functionality the makers of dedicated navigation units had to either step up their game with more elaborate and expensive devices to compete, or do what Bushnell did with their dead simple, cheap and easy-to-use BackTrack. The original model basically just allowed you to find your way back to a single marked location, but the new Point-3 and Point-5 models can remember up to 3 or 5 locations. You guess which does which.

They’re also both smaller than the original BackTrack but with larger backlit LCD displays, and the Point-5 model adds a digital compass and displays your latitude and longitude, the current time, your altitude and the temperature. And that’s probably why it’s $89.99 compared to the Point-3 which is $69.99. (For comparison the original BackTrack is still available for $79.99.)

[ Bushnell BackTrack Point-3 & Point-5 ] VIA [ InventorSpot ]

Behind The Scenes As Yoda Records His Lines For Tom Tom GPS Devices


By Andrew Liszewski

First we got a glimpse of what it was like for the sound engineers to work with Darth Vader in the studio, and this time around we get to see them battling with Yoda’s unique sense of grammar while he records his lines for the Tom Tom GPS devices.

“You’re gonna kill people if you give directions like that.”

[ YouTube - Yoda recording for TomTom GPS - behind the scenes ] VIA [ Pocket-lint ]

Expresso GPS Is Just As Useful On The Back Nine As It Is On The Highways

Expresso GPS (Images courtesy Expresso Satellite Navigation Ltd.)
By Andrew Liszewski

This isn’t the first GPS device we’ve brought you designed for golfers, but the fact that the Expresso can also be used in your car as your standard navigational unit makes it considerably more versatile and easier to justify. On the golf side of things the unit licenses the iGolf software providing users access to their database of over 32,500 courses worldwide, or you can map your own course if your local greens aren’t listed. The software also lets you keep track of the score and stats of each round, and since the unit is water resistant, you shouldn’t have to worry about a little rain dampening your fun.

On the automotive side of things, the Expresso once again goes the licensing route with Navigon’s software and NAVTEQ’s map database. So you get everything from 2D or 3D map views depending on your preference, ZAGAT rated points of interest, multiple destination routing, lane assistance so you know where to be when exiting or merging on highways, and pretty much everything else offered by the Navigon software.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. With its 480×320 resolution display and SD card slot, the Expresso also serves as a half-decent media player while on the road and even though supported file formats aren’t specified on their site, it’s safe to assume that it at least handles the all-important DIVX format. I’ll also point out that the Expresso has a clever articulated screen design as you can see in the product shots, so you can use it sitting on the dashboard or with a windshield suction cup mount. And when unfolded you can even place it in one of your vehicle’s (car or golf cart) cup holders since a pair of pop-out spring-loaded stability wings will ensure a proper fit no matter how large it is. The only thing that’s missing is pricing and availability info.

[ Expresso GPS ] VIA [ I4U News ]

Shadow Box Remembers Just How Gnarly Your Last Run Was – Even If That Concussion Means You Don’t

Shadow Box (Images courtesy Shadowbox)
By Andrew Liszewski

A standard GPS device mounted to the windshield of your car will tell where on Earth you currently are, where you need to go, and if you’re lucky, where you’ve been. The Shadow Box provides similar functionality, minus the navigational aids though, that’s left up to you to be as creative as possible. You see the small box is designed to go along for the ride and record every bit of information so you can see just how ‘extreme’ your ride was. As a result it’s not really designed to just stick to a car’s windshield. Instead, it features adjustable ball-socket mounting feet with a super-adhesive grip allowing it to be stuck to snowboards, surfboards, bikes or pretty much anything.

Shadow Box Ride Tracker Application (Image courtesy Shadow Box)

Once you hit record the Shadow Box keeps track of everything an extreme athlete would want to know/brag about including the height, distance, hang time, speed, degrees of spins, rolls and flips, the launch angle and even the spin rate of any tricks. It also measures g-forces and the angle of your board at all times, and of course GPS positional data. When you stop recording you can immediately review a plot of your course on its OLED display (represented in 3D showing any and all jumps, flips etc.) upload the data to the Shadow Box Ridetracker software or even send it to Google Earth.

It definitely seems like a fantastic tool for reviewing a run, particularly for competitive athletes like surfers or snowboarders since it provides mountains of data you just can’t get from a video. But if you’re just an amateur and aren’t making money off of your sport, the $499 price tag is a bit steep, even for a device capable of measuring just how steep.

[ Shadow Box ] VIA [ Cool Hunting ]

Send Google Maps Destinations To Your Ford Vehicle

By Chris Scott Barr

Having a GPS in my car is great for those times when I’m visiting a new city. It tells me the most efficient way to get to where I need to be. When I want to find something to eat, or a specific store, I can just look it up on my phone, find the address and then type it into the GPS unit. Actually, that is something of a pain. Wouldn’t it be better if you could just press a button and send the address to your GPS, rather then manually typing it in? If you have a SYNC-equipped Ford car, you’ll soon be able to do just that.

Ford is getting ready to roll out an update called “Send to SYNC” which will allow you to send information from Google Maps directly to the car. You’ll be able to pull up a restaurant on your iPhone, laptop, or even your home computer, and then send the address to your car. Once you’re ready to take off, the car will guide you to your predetermined destination. Now if we could just get this sort of functionality out of standalone GPS units.

[ Ford ] VIA [ DailyTech ]