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HP, ViaMichelin unveil iPAQ rx 1950 navigation system

Getting lost in the UK will now be difficult, if not impossible, with the new HP iPAQ rx 1950 Navigator. The GPS device is a combination of HP’s iPAQ rx 1950 pocket PC and ViaMichelin’s navigation program.

The user is not just limited into checking the device for directions. He can also program his trip or check for interesting spots along the way. The number of points of interest (POI) can be expanded by downloading an add-on to the pre-installed list in the unit.

The navigator runs on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 5.0.
Complimenting the operating system is a revised edition of Microsoft Office. This OS accompaniment allows users to work en route to his destination. He could also surf the Internet or play multimedia files. Audio quality is also impressive, and a loudspeaker is installed in the unit’s cradle.

Installing the GPS program has been simplified through the ViaMichelin Navigation Secure Digital (SD) card. All that needs to be done is to connect or insert the SD card to the unit. The GPS receiver is attached to the cradle.

Regardless of the type of vehicle that one is driving, the embedded GPS receiver assures the user of satellite coverage. No antenna is required outside the vehicle. The unit also has a wireless LAN feature, assuring users connectivity from wherever they may be.

Display is via a 3.5-inch TFT QVGA LCD. The device has a Samsung SC32442 300MHz processor. Total memory is at 96 MB. It has an SD slot, speaker, microphone, and a 3.5mm headphone socket. The HP iPAQ rx 1950 will be available starting February 2006 for £299.

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