Ah CES, the show where the tech giants roll out their new introductions. Garmin unveiled the nuvi 2400 series, the dezl trucker series and their GTU 10 GPS tracker. The SPOT Connect was introduced, and to many people’s horror you can now tweet from the backcountry. TomTom announced the VIA series, HD traffic and the Nike+ SportWatch. Meanwhile, Magellan introduced the eXplorist 310 and the 7” RoadMate 9055. Quite the way to start the year, huh?
In another big story with broad implications for society, the US Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to rule on warrantless GPS tracking. And I predicted a new eTrex line with a dedicated geocaching unit (hey, I was half right!).
Garmin announced an updated Rino, a new Astro dog tracker, and the 62s(t)c series. We learned of the DeLorme inReach and Garmin agreed to acquire Navigon. Last but not least, the US Supreme Court decided to hear that warrantless GPS tracking case.
I reported that Garmin had retired the venerable 60CSx (and MapSource too). In new product introductions they rolled out the StreetPilot Onboard app and unveiled the nuvi 2012 line. Not to be left out, TomTom announced that they would bring Twitter to your dashboard.
While there wasn’t a lot of big news this month, I did get my grubby little hands on an eTrex 20 and showed off its GLONASS capabilities.
Call it fitness month as Garmin announced the triathlete-friendly Forerunner 910XT and unveiled their Fit apps and ANT adapter. Motorola introduced the MOTOACTV and we caught wind of the Magellan Switch UP. In other news, the FCC cracked down on folks selling GPS jammers and TomTom decided to focus more on non-PND opportunities.
SCOTUS heard the warrantless GPS tracking case (a ruling is due in 2012) and the Garmin StreetPilot app got live traffic cameras. Meanwhile, in handheld news, the Montana series got some new data fields.