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Mio Knight Rider GPS on sale at Radio Shack

Mio Knight Rider GPS on sale at Radio Shack

Mio's endearingly-geeky Knight Rider GPS - which guides you with the authentic voice of K.I.T.T. from the original TV series - goes on sale today exclusively at Radio Shack in the US.  The deal will see Radio Shack as the sole place to get the device until the end of October.  Aside from the retro styling and voice-synchronized flashing lights, the Knight Rider GPS allows users to pick from more than 300 common names (i.e. not just Michael) and have K.I.T.T. welcome them personally whenever the unit is switched on.

Mio Knight Rider GPS with authentic KITT voice!

Mio Knight Rider GPS with authentic KITT voice!

Believe me when I say I've never been tempted by a novelty GPS voice until now.  Mio are set to release a Knight Rider-themed sat-nav system that features the authentic voice of KITT.  That's right, not a naff impersonation, but actual voice prompts and comments from actor William Daniels.  It's fun from the first time you hit the power switch, too; KITT instantly asks you "Hello Michael, where do you want to go today?"

Mio and ATX partnering to bring you real time info you can use

Mio and ATX partnering to bring you real time info you can use

Mio, long time manufacturer of GPS devices, is partnering with ATX, a major provider of telematics services in both the US and Europe. The types of things this partnership will bring you include lots of location-aware types of data including local weather, weather for your planned destination, in-depth traffic info, and business directories that change as the respective businesses open and close.

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Mio H610 – is it really what women want?

Mio H610 – is it really what women want?

Be honest with me now.  Do women actually need their own, specially-designed sat-nav?  Mio seems to think so, although "specially-designed" to them appears to mean "slap some flowers on it".  The H610 has the dubious pleasure of being the first GPS unit aimed squarely at woman, costing £280 ($532.50) and sporting a variety of interchangeable bezels.  There are maps of 24 European countries as well as in excess of 1.8 million TeleAtlas POI, but of course women will be more interested in the clothing size conversion calculator also built-in. 

I find myself more than a little embarrassed on Mio's behalf.  How they ever thought this was a good idea is beyond me; I can only assume they looked at the fad for aftermarket cellphone shells back in the days of the Nokia 3360 and thought they could cash in six years later.

Mio [via Pocket-lint]

Slinky Mio H610 GPS gets put through its paces

Slinky Mio H610 GPS gets put through its paces

You'll hear this one a lot: "If Apple made a GPS, it'd probably look like Mio's H610", but then Mio invite it upon themselves by designing a unit that would even make Jonathan Ive do a double-take.  The slick white case, the absence of cluttered controls, the achingly sharp screen... it blows the capable but dowdy TomTom navigators out of the water (which they really ought not be in, as they're generally not waterproof).

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