Monday CES Round-up

A few more goodies were highlighted today.


  • Mio to be folded into Navman branding
  • Mio has a “dual-front” GPS phone prototype
  • Magellan shows off eight new devices
  • More info on Garmin’s new toys
  • Asus 3D GPS and PMP
  • Monitors

  • Alienware shows off curved monitor – we have talked a bit about our experiences with triple monitors for GIS and visualization work (love it) but the monitor bezels are always in the way…hopefully alienware can keep this beauty under $1000 to make it a viable option for more than a gaming rig.
  • Sunday CES round-up

    So I have been following the bits and pieces on Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear and have cobbled together my highlights from today.

    GPS: – toys toys everywhere

  • Delorme released a new EarthMate
  • Engadget looked at Garmin’s new line-up
  • Pioneer’s new voice controlled GPS with iPod and bluetooth support
  • MSI’s new line (I assume it is the motherboard manufacturer
  • Sony’s updated line
  • Hands-on with Nuvi 880
  • 3D Monitors – Active stereo is expensive and kind of a pain sometimes, so I hope that some the passive 3D technologies announced over the last few years will eventually make a mark in the market.

  • MiraCube is a new passive 3D monitor model out of Korea
  • Samsung Series 4 and 5 Plasmas to do 3D
  • Microsoft Keynote – two of Bill’s big things (out of 3) are location and touch…now if I could just find the quote to prove it

  • Surface still looks cool at least
  • TellMe, a Microsoft Subsidiary, uses GPS and voice recognition for daily activities (find and purchase movie tickets was the example
  • Bill G wrapped up the keynote with a visual recognition demo that ties into MS Virtual Earth and location based on visual queues which I would guess uses Photosynth technology in the backend
  • Magellan and Google team up

    The first bit of GPS news out of CES this year has Magellan releasing the Maestro 5340 which will include GPRS for cell network connectivity. This network connectivity will be used to connect to…you guessed it…Google search and data services. At almost $1300 for the unit it will not be for small of purse, and don’t forget the charge for the GPRS connection.

    Magellan and Google buddy up for Maestro Elite 5340+GPRS – Engadget

    GPS Navigation Projected on the Windshield

    Engadget is reporting a pretty cool device that projects navigation information on your windshield. The navigation is really nothing more than a red line indicating which direction you should travel. The nice thing is that it places the line into your real world context, plus it doesn’t require the driver to take his or her eyes off the road. The company that makes the product, Making Virtual Solid, says it can be implemented for around $400. No working demos quite yet, but hopefully there’s something available in the coming year. It’s a pretty cool idea if they can get it implemented!

    Black Friday GPS

    If you took a look at the sales flyers in the newspapers for the Black Friday sales you have seen that this is apparently the year of in-car navigation devices. Every sales flyer from Best Buy to Walgreens had at least one device on sale with many of the stores offering multiple devices at great prices. A few of the manufacturers I remember seeing include Tom Tom, Mio, and Magellan and of course there were plenty that weren’t named as well. Either way this a great trend and hopefully lead to some of the navigation technologies from Asia making their way to the West.

    Nokia To Expand Pedestrian Maps

    Nokia is taking an interesting twist with their acquisition of Navteq – they want to focus on pedestrians. At a time when people are working hand over fist to get money into in-car navigation systems, Nokia apparently sees a hole in the market. Clearly Nokia has a delivery mechanism at hand for this as well. The other interesting twist is that Nokia is expecting it’s customers to help keep the maps up to date. It’s sort of the ultimate consumer level participatory GIS! It will be interesting to follow this to see if Nokia is ultimately successful.

    The National Map Corps

    This one definitely gets filed under the “I did not know that” category (a fairly substantial category as you might imagine). Apparently for a few years now the USGS has hosted volunteers through The National Map Corps. By volunteering you receive an area (quad sheet or less) in which you and your trusty GPS unit go out and gather information on commonly mapped features (churches, schools, communications) and send in the information to be included in the National Map. After you have completed the initial data acquisition you are also supposed to send in changes over time (demolition, name change, etc) to help keep the National Map up-to-date. A cool idea that has been echoed more recently in TomTom’s Mapshare and of course the more ambitious OSM. If you like to spend time with your GPS unit you should look into the TNMC.

    USGS Geography: The National Map Corps

    Groundspeak Forums – talking geocaching

    In my recent stumbles around the web I came across an extensive set of forums on geocaching over at the Groundspeak Forums. On the site (which is related to there are plenty of topics to choose from including geocaching groups from several countries, geocaching adventures, GPS in education and even an online GPS garage sale. So if you are looking for a GPS adventure head over to the forums to find out what is happening.

    Groundspeak Forums

    Location-based Live Search

    For the first time Frank’s choice of Sprint may actually be a good thing. The mobile phone provider is rolling out Live Search for their phones which is now location-based. Apparently this isn’t an exclusive deal with Sprint and Microsoft, but Sprint is the first to implement the technology which isn’t GPS-based so it should be usable on most phones. The article says it is done with cell tower triangulation, but I am wondering if it can also take advantage of GPS/aGPS to enhance location accuracy. At the same time, you don’t need an exact location since you are simply doing a search for results that are spatially relevant, not a search for where you are. Either way we will let you know if they implemented it locally on this week’s podcast after Frank tries it out.

    Sprint, Microsoft roll out location-based Live Search – Engadget

    NYC Cabbies on Strike because of GPS!

    Engadget is reporting the breaking news that NYC cabbies have officially gone on strike over GPS units in their cabs. We mentioned this item briefly in the past as the cab drivers have been threatening to strike for a couple of months now. I think this is one of the first large scale protesting of geospatial technologies I’ve heard about. This event could set a precedence for future location based disagreements and legal issues.