Navman redefines satellite navigation yet again


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Navman S-Series S100 packs a groundbreaking suite of new features and services into one of the slimmest portable navigation devices in the world

London, 9th October 2008: GPS pioneer Navman navman.com continues to redefine portable satellite navigation with the launch of its exciting new S-Series S100 device. At just 13.5mm thin, the S100 features a sleek 4.3" super flat widescreen - no bevels, just stunning, smooth looks. Navman's revolutionary new ClearView maps and redesigned menu layout make the S100 easy and fun to use, while the addition of Glide Touch makes for simple 'tap and slide' functionality. The range goes well beyond simple A to B navigation by including new and improved features such as 3D city landmarks, NavPix geo-tagged photo navigation product information , Local Search via Infobel and true Pedestrian mode.

With usability key in the design of the S100, ClearView maps strip away clutter to show simplified graphics and colours, enabling 'at a glance' map reading. While the new Junction Views feature major motorway junctions in realistic 3D to simplify complicated exits or intersections. Jointly developed by Mio Technology's R&D team and global innovation and design consultancy IDEO, the S100 incorporates new "Spirit" software, with its unique Glide Touch user-interface. Users simply tap and slide the touchscreen to open, dock, pan and scroll menus, similar to the latest MP3 players and smartphones.

The Navman S100 boasts the first European Local Search service on a GPS device. Delivered in partnership with local directory search partner, Infobel, Local Search gives you details of nearby shops, businesses, hotels, restaurants and more via the NavDeskTM product information desktop suite of content and services, allowing users to search and download Points of Interest (POIs) before setting off. NavDesk(tm) also enables users to pre-plan their route before they set off with 'Route Planning'.

The S100 incorporates a new Capture button enabling users save their own POIs as they discover them; the integral button enables users to instantly store their current location to return to at a later date. While new Smart Economical Routing calculates the most economical route for your journey following postcode or address entry. By assessing the number of turns ahead, Smart Economical Routing uses less fuel without significantly increasing the time to your arrival.

Navman's pioneering NavPix product information technology is built into the S100 making it simple to navigate using pictures. The online NavPix Library gives access to thousands of geo-tagged images, while over a million free geo-tagged photos are also available via Flickr, the web-based image search which is accessed via NavDesk(tm) desktop. Destinations that don't always have an address or postcode, such as festivals, parks and beaches, are now also easier to find using geo-tagged photos.

Slim and lightweight at only 13.5mm thin, the S100 is ultra-portable and fits easily in pocket or handbag. The S100 features true pedestrian mode so users can explore more on foot, creating a seamless navigation experience. On-screen 3D landmarks and buildings in cities around the UK also help drivers to navigate more easily in urban areas. And SirfStar Instant Fix II gives Spirit a fast, accurate location fix, even in heavily built-up areas.

The device features an intuitive address entry interface, a predictive text search function and Speaking Keyboard that speaks each letter and number as it's typed, making inputting postcodes and addresses more accurate. And intelligent text-to-speech provides spoken road names and directions for the next turn, enabling drivers to keep their eyes on the road. The new device can also store and play favourite MP3 tracks.

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