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.

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3 Comments »

  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..
    http://www.umpc.com

    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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