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Navman announce the Spirit S100 Satnav system

Date 9th October 2008

Yesterday we were invited to London for a preview of the latest Satnav to be announced by Navman. Today Navman announce the Spirit S100 PND sporting a new Aluminium case and a flat screen with no bevel. The new S100 is probably the thinnest Satnav measuring just 13.5mm thick.

 

If aluminium styling and flat bevel-less screens remind you of a certain iXxx product range then you would not be too surprised to hear about the new "Glide Touch" user interface. With a redesigned user interface Navman have done away with the hardware buttons to control the satnav and have now implemented a full touch screen interface.

 

The icons are colour coded and there are 3 different methods to find your destination: Go; Find; and Explore. There are pop-up menus and display items, with a dockable information panel.

 

The map display itself is now presented using "ClearView" maps, reducing the information on the screen and clearly highlighting your route. Also introduced are 3D-Landmarks in the cities and 3D Junction views with "real" signpost information.

 

Also introduced with the Navman S100 is a true pedestrian mode. This uses Tele Atlas City-Maps and provides routing on footpaths and underpasses whilst avoiding dangerous intersections.

 

The Navman S100 should start appearing in the stores in November with a price tag of £199.

 

There are a few screenshots below followed by the full Navman press release.

 

Click here to find out more about the S100 on the Navman site.

News Article by Mike Barrett

Navman spirit S100 satnav gps PND

Navman spirit S100 satnav gps PND

 

Navman spirit S100 satnav gps PND

 

Navman spirit S100 satnav gps PND

 

Navman spirit S100 satnav gps PND

 

Navman spirit S100 satnav gps PND

 

Navman spirit S100 satnav gps PND

 

The Navman Spirit S100 official press release

Navman redefines satellite navigation yet again - introducing the new
Navman S100 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 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, 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 product design agency 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 desktop suite of content and services, allowing users to search and download Points of Interest (POIs) before setting off. NavDesk™ 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 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™ 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. Over 1000 pre-loaded 3D landmarks and buildings in cities around Europe 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.

The Navman S-Series S100:
Spirit S100 - £199 RRP, available November 2008
o 4.3" Super flat widescreen
o Ultra slim, lightweight design (13.5mm)
o Revolutionary Mio Technology "Spirit" software with Glide Touch

o Infobel local search via NavDesk™ desktop
o NavPix photo navigation
o Enhanced NavDesk™ desktop
o Junction Views
o Economical Routing
o MP3 player
o 3D landmarks
o Pre-loaded safety camera data - free trial*
o GPS fix 5 times faster with SiRFInstantFixII
o Latest Regional map data

 

 

References

Manufacturers Website

www.navman.com

Pocket GPS Contributor

Mike Barrett

Pocket GPS Contributor Website

www.Pocketgpsworld.com

   

 

 

Comments
Posted by MaFt on Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:19 am Reply with quote

looks nice, and the map view does look nice and clear, BUT: can they handle more than 10,000 POIs?!

MaFt


MaFt®

 
Posted by Darren on Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:43 am Reply with quote

That map view shown above looks like early Destinator.

Navman on left, Destinator on right. Separated at birth?


Darren Griffin - Editor

 
Posted by Gee-Pee on Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:25 pm Reply with quote

Why just one device?
I thought Tesco was offering two new devices. Is the S300 to be launched later? Good mapping it seems with Teleatlas Oct 2008 maps. Don't like the optional TMC as it seems more modern to offer it built in. The option means losing the neatness of the new model. Probably enables a lower price. No details of included mapping apart from a brief comment about regional maps included. Assume that means only UK for the UK.
So far have just glanced at the specs so need to read and digest......


Gee-Pee
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Posted by Gee-Pee on Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:28 am Reply with quote

I asked Navman Sales if extra mapping was available for the S100 - this is their reply.
"The maps will be available in a form of activation code key when the new device is released in the market, and available from our online navmanstores"

So extra price for European mapping. Sad


Gee-Pee
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Posted by TheM on Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:31 pm Reply with quote

MaFt Wrote:
looks nice, and the map view does look nice and clear, BUT: can they handle more than 10,000 POIs?!


That question is becoming irrelevant since speed camera databases in UK will soon serve no purpose, see here and here.


 
Posted by Gee-Pee on Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:38 pm Reply with quote

TheM Wrote:
MaFt Wrote:
looks nice, and the map view does look nice and clear, BUT: can they handle more than 10,000 POIs?!


That question is becoming irrelevant since speed camera databases in UK will soon serve no purpose, see here and here.


Yes, saw that in Friday's Times. Crying or Very sad Anyone got a speed limiter for sale - preferably set to 25mph


Gee-Pee
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Posted by PaulB2005 on Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:51 pm Reply with quote

Quote:
That question is becoming irrelevant since speed camera databases in UK will soon serve no purpose, see here and here.


Well perhaps inside the Controlled Zones but the local authorities decide if they use it their area, or not. So, until it covers every single road in the UK i think there is still a purpose.


 
Posted by TheM on Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:03 am Reply with quote

PaulB2005 Wrote:
the local authorities decide if they use it their area, or not.


According to the article, these new automatic revenue collectors are both very efficient and much cheaper then previous solutions. How many local authorities do you think will pass up the opportunity to get some, and then some more?


PaulB2005 Wrote:
So, until it covers every single road in the UK i think there is still a purpose.


True. How long do you think it will take? My guess is that these will be put up as fast as factory can make them.


 
Posted by navver on Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:41 pm Reply with quote

I see a new function for sat nav. Just before you pass an exit camera it can tell you to stop until its a safe time to pass it.

Sat nav can monitor time & distance from each entry and exit camera, As long as you don't pass the exit camera before a certain time you can't have been speeding. In between go as fast as you like.

Also what will it do to cut the death toll of mortorcyclists who make up 20% of deaths. They have no front number plates so cannot be seen by SPECs.


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Posted by Gee-Pee on Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:12 pm Reply with quote

navver Wrote:
I see a new function for sat nav. Just before you pass an exit camera it can tell you to stop until its a safe time to pass it.

Sat nav can monitor time & distance from each entry and exit camera, As long as you don't pass the exit camera before a certain time you can't have been speeding. In between go as fast as you like.

Also what will it do to cut the death toll of mortorcyclists who make up 20% of deaths. They have no front number plates so cannot be seen by SPECs.


Welcome to the Forum.

Good theory, but I think you miss the point. Safety Cameras are there to catch those breaking the law and to reduce the carnage on our roads. "The UK has one of the best road safety records in the world. Safety cameras play an important role in helping to keep the country's road network safe.
The statistics.................
On average, nine people are killed and 85 injured each day on the UK's roads. Without safety cameras to reduce speeding and make the roads safer, around 100 more people would be killed each year."
So, your theory would result in a higher death rate.
Since I have been using Sat Navs and having camera POIs installed, I have attempted to keep within posted speed limits, not drive up to a camera, then after I am out of range, speed up again. I'm not a goody-goody, but I have come to realise that I get to my destination quickly, in relative safety, and (up to now) in one piece.....and less stressed.
And as regards to Motorcyclists, Grrrr


Gee-Pee
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Posted by MaFt on Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:14 pm Reply with quote

TheM Wrote:
MaFt Wrote:
looks nice, and the map view does look nice and clear, BUT: can they handle more than 10,000 POIs?!


That question is becoming irrelevant since speed camera databases in UK will soon serve no purpose, see here and here.


i seriously doubt every council will remove every single speed camera throughout the whole of the uk...

also, these new average speed cams will be very complex to set up - they may be cheap to buy, but to monitor it all would be a logistical nightmare except, for example, on motorways.

the main road from my house to the center of bradford is about 7 miles long and currently has 4 fixed cameras and 7 regularly used mobile sites. it also has 119 roads leading off of it (yes, i counted them) as well as numerous 'parking' areas by shops. i really can't see bradford MDC purchasing and installing that many cameras and the computing power to keep track of it all!! and that's just one road...!!

now, the m606 is an entirely different matter - there are 2 turn-offs in each direction - that would be much more feasible, but not 'regular' roads...

so the speed camera database has life in it yet.

MaFt


MaFt®

 
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