Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Windows CE GPS gadgets do more than navigate

location based services

Jul. 18, 2007Netropa has announced a pair of portable navigation devices (PND) said to offer "exclusive safety and convenience features" going beyond basic navigation. The Intellinav 2 and Intellinav 3 run Windows CE 5 and include preloaded maps of the US, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.(Click here for larger image)The Intellinav devices are powered by a 266 MHz Samsung 2412A processor, and are equipped with 64 MB each of SDRAM and NAND flash memory. The QVGA touchscreen TFT LCD measures 3.5 inches. The Intellinav 2 comes with maps stored on a 1 GB SD card, whereas the Intellinav 3, due out this fall, will feature a 2 GB SD card that adds maps of Canada and has space available for storing music and photos, Netropa said.Other features common to both models include:
Text to speech in six languages
SiRF Star III GPS receiver
Precise routing with detour and avoid-road
Points of interest database:
Intellinav 2 -- 1.2 million POI
Intellinav 3 -- 6 million POI in over 100 sub categories
1-watt built-in speaker
Stereo headphone jack
MP3 player
Photo viewerNetropa claims unique convenience features that include Traffic Pattern, Live Traffic, Parked-car Locator, and Pedestrian Mode. Special safety functions include Fatigue Alarm, Fog Assist, School Zone, and Speed Alert.The Intellinav 2 is currently available from on-line retailers such as buy GPS now, newegg.com, and iGuidance for around $300. Netropa says the Intellinav 3 should be available in September. The company is also working on the Intellinav 4 and 5 that will feature 4.3-inch-wide displays.

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