The Cellular Telecommuncations Industry Association (CTIA) Exhibition
has LBS on its mind as many new products were announced this year in
New Orleans.Here are the ones we found that wow'd us!.
|Trimble OutdoorsTM - This nifty little
application from Trimble
runs on a Nextel, GPS-equipped phone can deliver a complete set of
topographic maps and aerial images.Although limited by the space on
the device can be a handy substitute for a separate handset with a
application.The application will allow the user to plan a trip using a
interface and then select only that geographic area of interest.
start between $4.99 and $9.99 depending on your exiting Nextel plan.
|Wherifone G550® - It is the smallest
GPS cell phone on the
market.It may also be the simplest.No keypad; just five
numbers to remember.Push one number and it dials.A service plan that
you to view the map location of whoever is supplied with the phone is
available.Wherify offers some
pretty compelling applications: Kid's "first"
mobile phone, executive security, Alzheimer's patients, fleet
mobile work force, theft prevention and tracking of stolen assets.It
weighs only 2.5 ounces and is about the size of a credit card.
- This product is a collaboration between
gate5, Tele Atlas, and Socket Communications.It is a
personal navigator for cell phones or PDA's.It uses a Bluetooth®
GPS unit that
fits in your pocket and uses a rechargeable battery.Obviously, the
needs to be Bluetooth enabled as well.It is gate5's first product in
America and is due to launch this spring.It will sell for $299.The
will come with 8 CDs to cover the U.S.and Canada, and includes points
interest information.The obvious market differentiator here is price.
but self-contained units such as those from Garmin or Magellan sell for
excess of $1000.See more at smart2go.com