Magellan has announced that it has a new cloud-connected GPS device that has now launched for drivers. The GPS device is called the Magellan SmartGPS 5390 cloud connected navigation device. It will help you get from point A to point B like any other GPS device out there. It has a few other tricks up its sleeves though.
This week the Magellan Echo is prepped and released for retailers across the united States, Canada, and throughout Australia and New Zealand with full intent on taking over the world of sports-related smart wearables through 2014. There's a push for worldwide availability inside the year - imminently, that is, while the first wave comes now. This machine is meant to be much more robust than the competition, pushing out with a look that's closer to Nike's look than it is to something more fragile, like Sony's Smartwatch 2.
Magellan makes navigation devices for all sorts of uses form cars and RVs up to iPhone apps to get you where you need to go. The company has announced a new accessory that will work with its RoadMate 1700 or RoadMate 9055 GPS navigation devices for cars and trucks. The new accessory is called the Magellan Wireless Backup-Camera. It attaches to the vehicles rear license plate and needs no wire to the GPS device to work.
With the adoption of smartphones, many consumers are relying on their phone to direct them to their destination rather than a GPS. Why clutter your life with two devices when you can easily make do with one? This is no doubt one of the reasons Magellan is rolling out the RoadMate 5175T-LM; it has built in WiFi, a web browser, and a new more robust trip planner called TourDirector. A portable web browser with no data plan does sound appealing, but can these new features keep the GPS competitive in the evolving smartphone world?
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Magellan has outed its latest hand-held GPS navigators, the eXplorist outdoor series. The Magellan eXplorist 510, 610 and 710 all have a 3.0-inch color touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, are waterproof and ruggedized. Photos are automatically geotagged and can be accompanied by voice notes.
GPS specialists Magellan have launched a new combination ruggedized battery case and signal-enhancing GPS cradle for the iPhone and iPod touch, promising increased accuracy as well as the freedom to take your Apple device out into the rougher elements. The Magellan ToughCase is waterproof to up to a meter for 30 minutes, together with being resistant to dust, rain, mud, water and snow.
There's also a 1,840mAh battery in there too, which Magellan reckon is sufficient to double your iPhone's runtimes, while the SiRFstar III GPS chipset is accurate down to three meters. It's not just usable with the company's own RoadMate software, either; just about any GPS app in the App Store should get the positioning boost.
Magellan have broadly refreshed their PND range with a grand total of ten new models, spanning the $169.99 4.3-inch RoadMate 2035 through to the 4.7-inch Bluetooth-toting $299.99 RoadMate 3065. All ten come with lifetime traffic updates and a touchscreen, while several also include inclusive map updates too.
If you've ever used a PND (or a PND app on a smartphone or similar) with automatic traffic updates, you've probably experienced the frustration of the device warning you about an upcoming jam while you're already snarled up in it. Magellan's latest standalone PND, the RoadMate 3065 Commuter Edition, reckons it can change all that: rather than starting to look for traffic updates when you begin your journey, "Traffic Wakeup" powers up the device at a preset time so as to cache the road conditions in advance.