GeoDiscovery, a leading location-based product and service company, has just announced availability of the GeodeÔ GPS Module for Handspring™ Visor™ handheld computers and GeoView™ Mobile Software for Palm OS. Together, these products bring new integrated, geo-aware capabilities to some of the most basic of travel tools – the map, compass, guidebook and travelogue. These are the first of a new breed of “GeoDiscovery Active” applications enabled by the same platform. Customers can now order the Geode at www.amazon.com, at www.palmgear.com, or direct from GeoDiscovery by calling 800-861-2972. The Geode sells for US $289.00. Customers can try a free version of GeoView Mobile and free city maps at our website.
“Beyond the scope of basic GPS devices, the Geode and GeoView were designed with unique features to enable a new medium and a new user experience,” said Brian Sevy, vice president of marketing for GeoDiscovery. “Now users can have geo-activated maps and guidebooks with near-magical qualities – they can see exactly where they are, what direction they’re facing and browse rich content linked to places around them. In addition to our growing library of GeoDiscovery Active content from leading publishers, we make it easy for users to create and share their own travelogues linked to their favorite places.”
The Geode product benefits business and recreational travelers and outdoor sports enthusiasts with a geo-information manager that provides a spectrum of capabilities never offered before. To support the GeoDiscovery Active user experience, the Geode includes several unique features such as SiRF Star II GPS receiver with SnapLock™, FoliageLock™, and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) to improve accuracy and sensitivity; digital compass; two MultiMediaCard slots for future expansion capable of holding up to 64MB each of maps, content, and Palm OS files; and internal flash memory loaded with applications and world maps to guarantee a great startup experience anywhere in the world.
“My experience as a beta tester for the Geode was tremendous,” said Rick Sunderlage of Salt Lake City. “I actually bought my Visor to get access to this expansion module. I had another PDA—but after I saw the Geode, I sold it on eBay and bought a Handspring Visor instead. From the minute I turned on the Geode, it locked in to six satellites. I doubted the small street I lived on would even show up on the map—but there it was. And compared to other GPS devices on the market, the Geode is incredibly accurate. I definitely think the future for the Geode—and for GeoDiscovery—is going to be huge.”
More than 8,000 prospective customers have already registered to receive information about the Geode GPS module, which has already received several national and international awards. In September 2000, GeoDiscovery was chosen “The Pundits’ Pick” at eTravel World in Orlando, Fla. In addition, GeoDiscovery has just won the DuPont BrandNew Award for outstanding new products and technology in the International Outdoor Travel and Sports Market.
“GeoDiscovery is an industry pioneer and now, with the Geode, the world can experience the innovative and unique GeoDiscovery user experience,” said Doug Snapp, CEO of GeoDiscovery. “We’re all about geo-activating the way people interact with the world and it’s been fun to use the product and even more fascinating to see the excitement of our beta users. Most beta users have been testing bits and pieces and now all can have the total user experience. Additionally, I’m excited for our team members, early customers, and shareholders who have participated in GeoDiscovery’s opportunity to advance and grow the industry’s first geo-caching integration platform. In many ways, that’s the greatest promise of the technology we’re introducing today.”
For publishers who are interested in developing geo-coded content for use with the Geode and other Palm OS-compatible devices, GeoDiscovery is able to provide support in the form of authoring tools, and conversion and hosting services. Publishers who are interested in learning more about these programs can contact GeoDiscovery directly at www.geodiscovery.com.
“We are pleased to join with GeoDiscovery in celebrating the release of this exciting new Springboard module,” said Ed Colligan, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Handspring. “With the combined power of the Geode and Handspring Visor, customers will have access to portable information and rich location-based content that isn’t available on any other platform. We are extremely happy about the role GeoDiscovery has played in moving this platform forward.”
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