Garmin navigation app for the iPhone


Garmin just announced the arrival of their new GPS navigation app for the iPhone called StreetPilot. The app is already available from iTunes for $40. In addition to turn by turn directions it can provide, lane assistance for complicated intersections, free traffic alerts, speed warnings for most highways.

Alongside StreetPilot it also released a few other apps including Garmin Tracker, myMechanic, and My-Cast Lite.

Garmin Tracker will be available soon for iPhone and Android, and is free. It works with Garmin GTU 10 tracking devices allowing users to track the things like kids, pets, boats, etc.

myMechanic gives you car’s specific performance metrics including horsepower, torque, G-force, and more and will be ready for Android in February 2011 and it works via Bluetooth with Garmin’s ecoRoute HD module.

My-Cast Lite is in addition to the lineup of My-Cast apps currently available for iPhone, and now free My-Cast Lite application is available now for Android users which provides radar, current conditions, hourly and extended forecasts.

winners for GPS Kit iPhone app


Earlier this week we said we were giving away five app codes for GPS Kit. Time is now up and we have our winners. Commenters number:

  • 1: alex - First one here! I winz?
  • 4: Andrew - Add my name to the list.
  • 18: Tom - Wonder if this will work well enough on my wife’s iPhone to replace the Nuvi..
  • 19: Jay - already subscribed to the rss. Looks like an app I could really use. Been looking for that one “best” nav app.
  • 22: Jon - Looks interesting. Would love to check it out for free!

Thanks everyone. We’ll email the winners with their app code. If you didn’t win you get to pay for it. Get it here. And stay tuned for our next giveaway… Very soon….

giveaway: GPS Kit iPhone app


OK our first giveaway is a really cool iPhone GPS app from GPS Kit. We talked about them here on Navigadget and they were nice enough to give us five codes for the app. The app goes for $10 in iTunes (unless you win one here)

This is a pretty capable app and certainly is worth $10. Check out all the features here but here are some of the highlights of GPS Kit:

  • Real-Time Friend Tracking with “Radar”
  • Advanced Offline Mapping
  • Import Custom Map Tiles
  • Unlimited Tracks & Waypoints
  • Add Photos & Waypoints
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Compass & Flashlight Utilities
  • Multiple Import/Export Options

And coming soon for ski season:

  • New Weather Station waypoints
  • Drop a station and get 12 weather variables for any location in the USA

OK, all you have to do is leave a comment for this post and subscribe to our RSS feed. Duplicates emails and IP addresses will be disqualified. Five days from now we’ll announce the winner and email them their iTunes code. After that we’ll continue our giveaways with the stuff we talked about here.

60beat iPhone heart rate monitor

And you thought it didn’t exist! Well there’s now an app that logs your heart rate and combine it with GPS data. It is called 60beat. For $30 60beat can turn your iPhone into a GPS and heart rate personal training device.

This is a little device that attaches to the audio jack side of your iPhone and picks up signals from any 5Khz or Polar compatible heart rate monitor chest strap (no worries you can still listen to music with pass through design of audio jack).

Of course this is not very useful without the right applications. The most basic app is the free 60beat heart rate monitor that continuously shows your heart rate, in target zones such as fat burning, aerobic, or anaerobic. You can set your zones based age, max rate, etc.

There are other apps to such as LogYourRun, LogYourRide, which combine your heart rate with GPS information for the ultimate workout stats. These apps are $2 each.

GPS Kit iPhone app is out


There’s a new iPhone app for outdoors people called GPS Kit. It is an easy to app that pulls data from a various sensors and data sources and is suitable for activities such as hiking, hunting, camping, skiing, cycling, geocaching, mountain biking, motorcycling, off-roading, fishing, etc.

Here are some of the highlights of GPS Kit:

  • Real-Time Friend Tracking with “Radar”
  • Advanced Offline Mapping
  • Import Custom Map Tiles
  • Unlimited Tracks & Waypoints
  • Add Photos & Waypoints
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Compass & Flashlight Utilities
  • Multiple Import/Export Options

And coming soon for ski season:

  • New Weather Station waypoints
  • Drop a station and get 12 weather variables for any location in the USA

Lite version [itunes] is free and the full version is $10.

black box app for your car


There’s a new app called DashCam for your iPhone (actually works on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, 4th generation iPod touch) that acts as a black box for your car. What that means is that it records a video of your trip from your dashboard, mashes up that video with GPS data on Google Maps, and even records the audio. This way if need be you have a record of where you were at a given time, driving in which direction at what speed, etc, etc. Want to fight that speeding ticket? This may help you out at court; but we’re not lawyers so don’t take our advice.

But you never know when this can come in handy and $1.99 isn’t really that bad.

gpstuner for iPhone: smartroute

People at gpstuner must be really happy because their iPhone app got approved and it is already available on iTunes for $5. If you haven’t heard of them yet, these are the guys that make off-road GPS navigation software; now called smartroute on the iPhone. Unlike most other GPS navigation software smartroute provides users with automatically calculated directions for all off-road travel along with the option to manually calculate their routes. The application integrates the iPhone digital compass functionality for accurate positioning once users are on their way. smartroute also lets you download online maps and lets you use store them on your iPhone for offline use. Some other features of this GPS software include 8 different types of online maps from multiple providers, 4 different types of route planning logics, 40 selectable trip computer tools with multiple layout options, various selectable trip computer charts, and even bubble level functionality to assist in slope measurements.

smartroute works with iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.

Telenav’s AT&T Navigator gets update

AT&T Navigator just got an update from TeleNav, to version 1.7i. The new features include integration of multitasking on the new iPhone OS.

The next highlight is of course speech recognition where you can just say an address or search for something using just your voice. Other upgrades are traffic camera alerts, lane assistance, smoother 3D navigation, and the background battery saver mode.

You get the app for free but the monthly fee will appear on your AT&T bill :{

NAVV iPhone Navigation


People at NAVV got in touch with us and let us know about their latest GPS navigation application for the iPhone called NAVV GPS. This is an on-board application, meaning the data/maps it needs are all stored on the phone, so no need for data connection which probably would make European users quite happy where data connection is usually costly when you’re roaming from country to country.

The app costs 5 Euros for each region, and the supported regions are:

  • UK & Ireland
  • Benelux
  • Iberia
  • Scandinavia
  • DACH
  • Italy

they’re all after your lat and long

Check out this graphic summarizing all these new apps that let you share your location, also known as location based services.

Now that Facebook has entered the market with their “Places”, the competition for your location just got hotter. Before Facebook foursquare was probably the leader for “checking in” your location but we’ll have to wait and see how Facebook changes that. Just because Facebook is big doesn’t mean they’ll do well. Just look at Google Buzz for example. Exactly. The small difference here is that Facebook already has a ginormous 500 million user base to start with. It is quite an advantage.

Next time your battery runs out on your smart phone you’ll have something new to blame! All these platforms rely on your exact coordinates so they’ll have to turn on the GPS receiver which sucks out quite a bit of juice…

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