Smartwatches and wearable computers are all the rage, although no one has nailed them yet, leaving the tech to languish in the (very) early-adopter phase. And while the manufacturers (and rumored manufacturers) include the usual suspects — Google, Apple, Samsung and others – it seems that the GPS industry may make a significant push too. read more
Garmin has announced two new smartphone mounts, one for the iPhone 5 and a universal mount targeted to Android users.
Mitac, parent company to Magellan, Mio and Navman, has gotten an Android-based GPS-PAD through the FCC. According to the manual, the “series include several products with different physical dimensions.” read more
UPDATE: Read my hands on Garmin HUD review.
Check it out! Garmin is announcing HUD, a portable heads up display this morning. The $129.99 (MSRP) device receives navigation information from a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone running a Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app. The HUD projects directions onto either a transparent windshield film or an attached reflector lens; both are included in the purchase price. The transparent film appears to be relatively small and unobtrusive. read more
Google announced late this morning that it has acquired Waze, the Israeli company behind the popular crowdsourced navigation/traffic app of the same name. Seen by many as a defensive move, Google’s main reason for the purchase may be to keep it out of the hands of Apple or Facebook, although there are other possible reasons as well.
At Apple’s WWDC yesterday, the company unveiled iOS 7, which includes vehicular integration due to roll out to a dozen car manufacturers next year. Basically, this will connect your iPhone to your car’s built-in screen, transforming it into an infotainment center, complete with turn-by-turn (albeit Apple Maps-based) navigation. read more
It would seem typical that just as the weather turns into something approaching spring that I sustain a very serious leg injury that has meant I’ve been unable to geocache for a couple of months. Worse still, with it still heavily bandaged, locations that are muddy, wet or prone to having items that will whack me in the shins are off limits for the time being by doctor’s orders. read more
A California appellate court has effectively extended the states’s texting while driving law to the use of maps on your phone. The statute in question says you can’t use your phone while driving unless you do it in hands free mode — don’t touch. read more