the new JVC KW-NT50HDT and KW-NT30HD


JVC was showing off two new in-dash GPS navigation system at CES 2011 in Vegas last week. The new models are the JVC KW-NT50HDT and KW-NT30HD both of which have a 6.1″ display and integrated HD radio.

One of the new features is the iheartradio iPhone application which can be used via USB connection on KW-NT30HD and KW-NT50HDT. It lets you view song and artist information, album artwork, and control channel up or down functions from the navigation unit or from the iPhone itself. You also get free lifetime subscription to the Total Traffic HD+ Network with KW-NT50HDT. This model also has the dual HD tuner system, which has the ability to feature audio content on one tuner and HD Total Traffic Network Data on the other.

Navigation features include map coverage of the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico, high-sensitivity WAAS enabled GPS for accurate navigation, over 6 million P.O.I. data from infoUSA, and quick start up in less than 15 seconds. Both Text-to-Speech and voice guidance are available in English, Spanish, and French. Other useful features include magnified view, Lane Guide, Speed Limit Display, Speed Alert function, and brand P.O.I. icons. You can search from various options including P.O.I. (name/vicinity/phone number), address, zip code, coordinates, and 100 favorite/last 50 destinations. The user-friendly touch panel is based on Grid-Layout Design, with consistent key position for each screen. Hard keys are also available on the frame for instant access to frequently used functions.

Both models will come out in March. You can pick up the KW-NT30HD for $1000 and the KW-NT50HDT for $1200.

new GlobalSat GH-625XT GPS training watch


At CES 2011 we got to see the new GlobalSat GH-625XT GPS sports training watch. This new device integrates a SiRF Star IV GPS receiver, and uses a new higher capacity battery that gets at least 10 hours with 3D fix, GPS on, HBM, and backlight on. It comes with a heart rate monitor sensor, can calculate calories, and has an IPX7 waterproof design. Other features include ability to track back, and route navigation.

GlobalSat GH-625XT can store 100 waypoints, 120000 tracking points, and weighs 95 grams.

Kenwood’s new lineup of GPS navigation + multimedia products


At CES 2011 last week in Las Vegas Kenwood introduced four new in-dash GPS navigation + multimedia units where navigation was handled by Garmin.

The top of the line unit was the DNX7180 which is a double-DIN device that has lane assistance, junction view, built-in NAVTEQ live traffic service, Garmin’s ecoRoute, and support for vehicle diagnostics via the KNA-EC100 ODBII interface. DNX7180 also does Pandora provided you link it up with your smartphone. It has a 6.95″ touch screen, supports DVD videos, iPod, USB video, and split screen feature.

DNX6180 has a slightly smaller 6.1″ touch screen which makes space for a knob for volume control. It also supports various external sources including DVD, MP3/WMA, iPod, Pandora, USB sticks, HD radio, etc.

DNX5180 is pretty much identical to DNX6180 but lacks Bluetooth connectivity. However the KCA-BT300 can be added later for this feature.

Single-DIN KVT-516 does not have GPS navigation by default but you can always add the KNA-G610 later on for this feature. KVT-516 has a 7″ retractable touch screen.

Here is the pricing information:

  • DNX7180 $1,500.00 February, 2011
  • DNX6180 $1,200.00 February, 2011
  • DNX5180 $1,150.00 February, 2011
  • KVT-516 $850.00 Available Now
  • KNA-EC100 $150.00 February, 2011

new TomTom GO 2505 M LIVE


This week at CES 2011 TomTom announced a new GPS navigation system called TomTom GO 2505 M LIVE. The new TomTom is expected to hit the US market middle of this year and have an MSRP of $350. The LIVE services which consist of TomTom HD Traffic, local search powered by Google, fuel prices, and weather forecasts will be carried out by AT&T and will cost once the trial time is up. Though we’re not sure how long the trial period is and how much it will cost after that.

Some of the features of the new TomTom GO 2505 M LIVE are:

  • Pinch-to-zoom and swipe from screen-to-screen using gestures just like a smartphone
  • Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling
  • Voice Recognition
  • Click-and-lock mount
  • 5″ glass touch screen
  • Lifetime Map Updates
  • Text to speech
  • Advanced Lane Guidance

Fujifilm F550EXR does GPS geotagging


FUJIFILM announced an addition to the FinePix F-Series lineup: the FinePix F550EXR. This is a compact digital camera with a new 16MP EXR-CMOS sensor, FUJINON 15x super Wide-Angle lens (24-360mm equivalent) and 3.0” with 160° viewing, high speed shooting capabilities, full HD movie capture at 1080p, and finally new GPS Geo-Tagging.

We don’t have too much expertise in digital imaging so we’ll leave that to the pros, but as far as the GPS capabilities for F550EXR you’re looking at a local database of place names stored on the device so it can tag your photos with names by matching it with your location. It also obviously stores latitude and longitude and can overlay your photos on a map with the included software.

Fujifilm F550EXR knows about half a million points of interests around the world by name. The Photobook Assist feature will let you create a book of places you’ve visited where you can turn the pages using the screen on the camera.

In addition, if you take a picture and don’t remember where you took it you can have the F550EXR guide you back to it. It can show you which direction to walk and how far you’re from it. F550 EXR’s GPS Tracking Data function stores location data at regular intervals and when you’re in front of your PC this information can be turned into a map illustrated with the pictures you took along the way.

The FinePix F550EXR will be available in mid-March 2011 for $350.

Magellan eXplorist 310 GPS receiver


Magellan announced eXplorist 310 GPS receiver, a waterproof, and rugged handheld GPS designed for outdoor navigation. eXplorist 310 has some higher end features which includes a world map, and the ability to upload detailed maps to the device. It has a 2.2″ transflective color screen, GPS chipset with 3-5 meters of accuracy, and the ability to record waypoints, tracks, and routes. The pre-loaded World Edition map includes a road network of more than 200 countries and can store 10,000 paperless geocaches. It runs on two AA batteries which can last up to 18 hours of continual outdoor use.

The eXplorist 310 will be out in March 2011 for $200.

Garmin nuvi 2400 series


Garmin just announced a new series of GPS navigation systems - the nuvi 2400 series. There are currently four new GPS navigators which are nüvi 2450, nüvi 2450LM, nüvi 2460LT, and nüvi 2460LMT. With Garmin’s current naming standards the L is for “lifetime”, T is for “traffic updates”, and the M is for “map updates”. The main difference between 2450 and 2460 is that latter also features hands free calling and voice activated navigation.

As far as the common features of the nuvi 2400 series we’ve got the 5″ screen, advanced nuRoute technology, trafficTrends, and myTrends.

The new GPS navigation systems will range from $250 to $350 and will be available first quarter of this year.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS


At CES 2011 in Las Vegas Nike and TomTom announced the Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom. This new GPS watch targets avid runners and allows them to share their experience online at nikeplus.com.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS has a super simple design with only three buttons and a Tap Screen for navigation. During the run, the new Nike+ SportWatch GPS tracks location and shows time, distance, pace, and calories burned. And for most accurate distance information the GPS receiver works in tandem with the shoe-based Nike+ Sensor.

Some features include

  • Tap Screen for setting laps and activating backlight
  • Run History with data from past runs
  • Personal Records including those imported from Nikeplus.com
  • Quick Start with optional shoe-based Nike+ Sensor
  • Heart Rate Monitor compatibility

What’s different about Nike+ SportWatch GPS is that even encourages you to run. For example it will recognize your personal bests, nag if you haven’t been running for 5 days, and provide post run acknowledgment and encouragement.

Once you’re done running works with USB port on a Mac or PC and transfers information to www.nikeplus.com. The site provides GPS mapping, total miles, pace and elevation data.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS will start selling in US and the UK starting April 1st.

FinePix XP30 GPS Camera from Fujifilm


At CES 2011 FUJIFILM just announced FinePix XP30, a rugged digital camera with GPS Geo-tagging functionality. XP30 is waterproof to 5 meters and shockproof up to 1.5meters. It will work in cold temperatures down to -10°C.

XP30 has 14MP CCD sensor, a 2.7″ LCD, FUJINON 5x wide angle refractive optical zoom lens; all housed in a metal uni-body chassis for durability. XP30 comes in black, green and orange.

The GPS Geo-Tagging feature not only tell you where you are in the world, but also display this information as longitude and latitude or by place name. FinePix XP30 already knows about half a million places of interest across the globe. When you take a photo the image is tagged with location information.

There’s even a feature called Photo Navigation where the camera will tell you which direction to go and how far in case you can’t remember where you took the photo. XP30 will also draw a map of where you’ve been with its GPS Tracking Data function. Turn this on and the camera will regularly record your location data and when you’re back home this information can be turned into a map illustrated with the pictures you took along the way. Pretty cool.

And if you’re really into cameras with GPS check out our “best GPS digital camera” article.

GTU 10: live GPS tracking from Garmin


Garmin just came out with a live GPS tracking unit called GTU 10. It is web based tracker and will be showcased at CES 2011 which we’re attending again this year.

GTU 10 is tiny, It measures 3″x1.3″x.8″ and weighs only 1.7 oz. It is waterproof and comes with a carabiner clip and pouch making it easy to attach to a backpack or dog collar or whatever. You register the device at my.garmin.com and then hope that AT&T has coverage where the device is. Tracking is web based, or you can use the Garmin Tracker application for your smartphone.

With GTU 10 you can have up to 10 geofences and can get an email or text message when the device goes outside this area you have determined. The built-in Li-ion battery can last up to 4 weeks they say of course you can also get low battery and powered off notifications too.

Here is the pricing: GTU 10 itself is $200 which comes with 1 year of standard service. This means 10 points of daily track history. After the first year it is $50/year. Deluxe Tracking service plan $5 per month and allows 7 days of track history. No ETF, activation fees or contracts.