NAV PNX 35M from A-rival is for both cars and motorcycles

NAV PNX 35M is a dual purpose GPS navigation system from the German company A-rival which was announced at IFA 2010. It can be used in your automobile or on your motorcycle. It boasts specially designed casing, mounting parts, display, and even a color scheme that can be customized.

When mounted upright on the handlebar, the device proves useful in two-wheel mode where directions are displayed for maximum visibility for the rider. The anti-reflective 3.5″ touchscreen shows a few, and large icons and is sensitive even for inputs with motorcycle gloves. The navigation directions can be heard via bluetooth headset in helmets with the portable which comes in the package. NAV PNX 35M will even function under the rain since the housing offers IPX7-protection and thus would even withstand temporary submersion. It works on a 12-volt power supply which can obtained from the AC battery charger, direct connection to the battery, or a standard car charger.

When in regular car mode (landscape format) more icons appear on the display andthe driving instructions can be heard over loudspeakers as usual.

Some other specs include SiRF Atlas IV processor, MS CE Net 6.0 OS, and GPS receiver with 64 channels.

garmin edge 800

Garmin just announced a new touchscreen device for cyclists called Edge 800.

It provides BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, has a bigger 2.6″ display compared to older Edge models. It can track all of your performance data, on and off road and always helps you find your way back to the start. Edge 800 tracks speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent. It syncs wirelessly through ANT+ technology with heart rate monitors and speed/cadence sensors. For even more data Edge 800 incorporates a barometric altimeter to pinpoint changes in elevation.

Edge 800 can displays temperature readings, changes time zones automatically, lasts up to 15 hours on one charge and alerts riders if they’re moving but the timer has not been started. Nice little feature.

Edge 800 costs $450 and Edge 800 Performance and Navigation Bundle costs $ 650.

Go! Hiking GPS for outdoors

If you live in Spain, or somewhere near by there’s a new sports GPS for you called Go! Hiking. We don’t think going hiking is the only thing you can do with this since it comes bicycle mounts for example.

While cell phones are OK to use as a GPS when you cycle, you’ll quickly see that it drains the battery quite fast. You really should consider buying a dedicated GPS for the job. Called Go! Hiking this is a model from the Go! Zipy brand specializing in products designed for sports. Go! Hiking allows you to store up to 256 waypoints and keeps them in a GPX format - which is really nice if later want to see your tracks on your computer.

It only costs 60 Euros. And if you live in the States you can consider similar but even more capable GPS X GUIDER…

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Track Tour de France riders on Google Maps

Search giant Google now lets you follow what’s going on at Tour de France in real time. On this page you can track the remaining eight cyclists from Team HTC - Columbia who are equipped with HTC phones running Android and using the My Tracks app. You can not only track theses riders in real time on Google Maps but also view other telemetry data such as heart rate, power, and cadence.

…and now Team HTC-Columbia will use a special version of the app with SRM to transmit their telemetry and location in real-time as they make their way through the 3,642 kilometers of the Tour de France… Team HTC-Columbia are carrying HTC Legend phones with ANT+ that use My Tracks to capture their location along with their power, heart rate, cadence and speed.

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Mainnav MG-600 unboxing

You probably remember the Mainnav MG-600 we talked about late last year. Well we finally received our sample unit and want to show you what it looks like.

Mainnav MG 600 has a good solid feel to it. The rubber used around the edges, covering USB and buttons is of good quality. What’s really cool that caught our attention is the touch sensitive buttons just below the screen. These are very easy to use - as opposed to some other outdoor GPS devices we’ve used before. And between these two buttons is a light sensor - something we’re not used to seeing on outdoor GPS devices.

It comes with a mount for your bike.

Anyways - so far we’re pleased with the Mainnav MG-600 but do wait for our review that should be coming up soon. After that of course we’ll give the device away to a lucky reader.

B-cycle bikes integrate GPS and record your every trip

It’s already been happening around the world in big cities and just recently it reached the U.S. of A. We’re talking about a bike sharing system called B-Cycle that sets up stations all around your city where you can pick up a bike; use it to get to your destination and then drop it off at another station. Denver is the first to implement this and Minneapolis and Boston are next.

Single day costs $5 and a whole year for only $65 or so. Bikes are from Trek so they should be somewhat reliable. Oh and the best part (or worst, depends on how you look at it) is that the bikes are equipped with a GPS tracking system which records your every trip.

B-cycle relies on the integration of hardware and software to keep track of members and bikes, and all the interactions between users and bikes. Proprietary GPS (global positioning system) and RFID (radio frequency identification) technologies make it possible for bike sharing to be so smart that it is simple for users.

All rides are tracked by the system and associated with members. Data such as distance, duration, calories burned, and carbon offset are captured and uploaded to personal web pages at

cerevellum GPS for bikes and rear view camera

The Cerevellum, which is a medical term for the brain, is a prototype GPS for bikes. Its main feature is the rear view camera it integrates so you’ll always know what’s happening on the road behind you - which is really valuable for people on their bikes. It seems like an ideal gadget for the city cyclist who can not only see what happens behind them but also record it in 30 second loops.

The Cerevellum is now only a prototype; it is scheduled to hit the market in 2011. It will have a 3.5″ screen, full color, heart rate monitor with other cyclometer functions and a battery life of four hours…

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TomTom Urban Rider GPS navigation for bikes

TomTom just announced their latest GPS navigation system for bikers called TomTom Urban Rider. Expected to go on sale in Europe at the end of May for 249 € the new Urban Rider tries to make things very easy for hands with gloves on such as even bigger icons, glove friendly touch screen, and only two button operation.

Other features include the usual Tomtom services such as IQ routes, and MapShare.

If you want the maps of whole Europe it will cost you an extra 50 € and there’s also the pro version which adds bluetooth headset into the mix.

two new colors for Garmin Edge 500

Garmin just announced two new color schemes for their Garmin Edge 500 devices - a highly popular device among pro cyclists. The two new colors are called argyle Edge 500 and the neutral Edge 500, both of which will be officially launched at the Tour of California, this coming mid-May.

Garmin Edge 500 first came out last September and has been selling for around $350. Some of the features of the Edge 500 includes ANT+ wireless, tracking things like speed, distance, time, elevation, and even calories. Since elevation data from the GPS signals isn’t all that accurate Garmin Edge 500 actually uses an barometric altimeter.

Garmin Edge also pairs wirelessly with Garmin speed/cadence sensors and features advanced heart rate-based calorie computation when used with a Garmin heart rate monitor. Edge 500 also displays temperature readings, changes time zones automatically and alerts riders if they’re moving but the timer is not running. With up to 18 hours of battery life, Edge 500 features a low-profile, quarter-turn mount that fits easily on the stem or handlebars. The new argyle Edge 500 is packaged with Garmin’s premium soft-strap heart rate monitor, speed/cadence sensor, bike mount, AC charger and USB cable. The neutral Edge 500 comes with the bike mount, AC charger and USB cable, and it can be paired with the other optional accessories when purchased separately to best suit each specific cyclist’s needs.

biking directions on Google Maps

Google just keeps being awesome. They just recently announced a new service that provides biking directions for those who don’t rely on an automobile.

If you’re looking into riding your bike more often Google Maps is now your friend. When you choose biking directions form Google Maps the appearance of the map changes: dark green lines represent roads with no motor vehicles, light green lines represent streets with bike lanes, and dashed green lines show other streets recommended for cyclists.

Google Maps will automatically suggest routes that are not too steep and more suitable for biking.

It is not on Andorid/mobile devices just yet… but coming.

Thank you Google for helping those with a smaller carbon foot print.