Goodbye GPS Navigators ?

A lot of buzz in the blogosphere around Microsoft’s Project Origami. No doubt, the Apple like viral marketing strategy helped. From what I gather, it is a mobile tablet PC dubbed the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) running Windows XP. Features:

  • ~ 7″ touch screen. Stylus or touch screen input
  • Low power consumption for longer battery life
  • Bluetooth, WiFi connnectivity
  • Expected retail between $599-$999

Intel UPMC
What really got me interested was this news item, which says:

Already, Pharos Science & Applications Inc., a GPS technology provider, said it will introduce in April a satellite navigational receiver specifically designed to work with this new class of PCs.

The choice between a UMPC which can do tons of stuff (including navigation) or a GPS navigator (that is in the same general price range) seems like a no brainer to me. Prices for GPS navigators should be all set to dive. Maybe it has already started. This navigator has a list price of $964.99 but a sale price of $499.99.

This video is a demo of the device from CeBIT 2006. And here is some good stuff at Microsoft’s website.



  1. sk said

    Totally.. UMPC would rock! 🙂
    [err.. I hope it does.]

    But its going to be a while before it is in the market. Till then GPS would continue to sell.

    And check the video in this site for more on what UMPC can do..

    Btw, first time here, and _love_ your fonts.

  2. Rahul said

    Thanks sk.

    Would love to take credit for the fonts. But you will discover sooner or later that this is a standard theme on wordpress ;).

  3. Zackary said

    Is there any way that I can be traced using a GPS reciver thorugh internet, like if am outside and my GPS is working is there any application by which anybody can trace me sitting on computer?

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