Magellan Announces Exclusive Sponsorship of Geocaching.com’s 2010 Cache In Trash Out (CITO) Events

Magellan announced the launch of the Magellan eXplorist GC, the first dedicated GPS device for geocaching that includes out-of-the-box paperless geocaching, pre-loaded with the most popular geocaches in the world, a brilliant color screen, rich graphics and an easy to use interface all packed into a rugged and waterproof device, that connects seamlessly to www.geocaching.com. The Magellan eXplorist GC will ship in April.

Geocaching is a high-tech version of a “treasure hunt,” where adventure seekers use GPS technology to hide and find physical objects, solve location-based puzzles, and share experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people of all ages and promotes a strong sense of community and support for the environment.

The Magellan eXplorist GC GPS receiver is made exclusively for geocaching with an intuitive interface and the ability to sort and search thousands of geocaches. The device has multiple fun and familiar graphics, such as smiley faces for logs and merit-based awards to show off your geocaching expertise.

“Magellan, a leader in GPS and navigation for more than 20 years, is pleased to introduce a dedicated GPS device for geocaching that exceeds the expectations of both novice and seasoned geocachers,” said Justin Doucette, Director, Outdoor Product Marketing for Magellan. “The Magellan eXplorist GC offers an amazing geocaching experience that includes a full end-to-end solution, from accessing geocaching.com to finding hidden treasures all around you to documenting your adventures and sharing with a growing user community of enthusiasts.”

Powered by two AA batteries, the device can provide up to 18 straight hours of outdoor adventure along with a highly-sensitive SiRFstarIII GPS chipset that provides 3-meter accuracy. Geocachers can easily mark finds and quickly add field notes. Additionally, the product comes pre-loaded with common outdoor GPS features such as waypoint creation, a worldwide basemap, active tracking and trip odometer.

The Magellan eXplorist GC GPS device will be introduced at an M.S.R.P. of $199.99. The unit will ship with a USB cable and 2 lithium disposable AA batteries. With the purchase of a Magellan eXplorist GC GPS device customers will receive a 30-day free premium membership to www.geocaching.com. Details and conditions of this offer are available at www.magellangps.com/exploristgc.

Magellan, the exclusive 2010 sponsor of Geocaching.com’s Cache In Trash Out (CITO), will host a CITO event in the San Francisco Bay Area in the month of April. CITO is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the worldwide geocaching community, dedicated to cleaning up parks and other cache-friendly places around the world to help preserve the natural beauty of our outdoor resources. Details will be available soon at www.magellangps.com.


Hemisphere GPS and Handheld jointly introduced a new Kenaz GPS receiver today from the InterGeo Conference in Karlsruhe, Germany. This product marks the start of a strategic partnership between Handheld and Hemisphere GPS. Hemisphere GPS customized the Kenaz DGPS receiver specifically for the Handheld Nautiz X7 ultra-rugged PDA.

The new Kenaz NZ100 DGPS receiver offers sub-meter accuracy for handheld mapping and is specifically designed to work with the newly launched ultra-rugged Nautiz X7. Powered by Hemisphere GPS Crescent(R) receiver technology, the Kenaz offers quick position computation and superior accuracy required for precise positioning applications. It is small, compact and yet rugged enough for even the most demanding environments.

“Handheld is committed to bringing only the best products to the market,” said Jerker Hellstrom, CEO of the Handheld Group. “We are pleased to work with Hemisphere GPS, a leader in precision GPS, and to offer our customers an exceptionally rugged and robust DGPS solution in the Kenaz.”

The Kenaz DGPS receiver supports SBAS differential corrections and Hemisphere GPS exclusive e-Dif(R) extended differential option. If a differential signal is lost, Hemisphere GPS COAST(TM) technology maintains accuracy for up to 40 minutes. It is designed for low power consumption to conserve the handheld’s battery power. It boasts a maintenance-free smart antenna and attaches to keep the total solution IP67-rated. An optional external antenna is available for additional accuracy.

The Kenaz NZ100 joins Kenaz models designed for the popular TDS Nomad and TDS Recon.

Source: Handheld Group


3D Film Combined with Optically Compensated Bend LCD Displays from TMD Achieves True Autostereoscopic Viewing Without Need for Special Glasses

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced that Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., Ltd. (TMD) will be previewing technology at International CES 2009 that enables mass adoption of 3D viewing in handheld devices. In a technology demonstration, TMD has integrated an advanced 3D film with small and medium sized LCD displays that use Optically Compensated Bend (OCB) mode to deliver clear, true autostereoscopic viewing at a glance, without the need for special glasses.

This development overcomes numerous long-held negatives associated with 3D viewing. In addition to eliminating the need for special glasses, it allows for extended comfortable viewing. The 3D film easily integrates into today’s thin, high resolution displays, and enables simultaneous 2D and 3D viewing on all or parts of the display with no picture degradation.

TMD’s OCB technology improves upon conventional LCD technology by increasing response time and contrast ratio to achieve near CRT-like image quality. The LCD panels from TMD use OCB mode LCD technology to create sharp, clear, motion blur-free 3D displays.

For the CES demonstration, the backlight modules of 3-inch and 9-inch LCD displays from TMD have been enhanced with 3D film. Through directional backlight technology, left and right eye images are focused sequentially into the viewer’s eyes, allowing for full resolution of the display panel. Only one panel and modified backlight are required. Backlight module assembly is easy. No precision registration is required.

“This technology provides three dimensional viewing or natural depth that ordinary displays don’t provide,” explained Sean Collins, vice president for TAEC’s Display Device and Components Group. “These 3D displays once again demonstrate TMD’s focus on leading edge display technologies, and are ideal for use in handheld displays such as mobile phones, gaming devices and other integrated portable electronics.”

At CES, TAEC will be holding private demonstrations of the technology. To arrange a demo, please contact Poloi Lin of TAEC corporate communications at poloi.lin@taec.toshiba.com

TMD plans to commercialize 3D displays within the next year, to meet customer requirements.

Source: Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.


Crash, boom, bang! Everyone has experienced the fear and panic of dropping a cell phone, BlackBerry, digital camera or iPod on hard surfaces.

In fact, the average U.S. cell phone is replaced every 18 months, costing consumers billions of dollars and unnecessary stress. In addition, broken and damaged phones often wind up in mountainous landfills.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 130 million phones are discarded every year and fewer than 20% are recycled. Not only can electronic devices sustain devastating damage from a fall, but precious contacts and information can be lost in the process. Saving time, money, and even the environment, Mobigrip, Reno, NV proudly introduces the Mobigrip device leash, the next generation in accessories for handheld devices coming to retailers this fall.

Mobigrip is a simple, assistive disc with bungee that attaches easily to almost any handheld device, including cell phones, BlackBerrys, iPhones, iPods, digital cameras, DSII, remote controls, portable gaming devices, recorders, and even glucose meters.

Mobigrip has a sleek, compact and ergonomic design. The bungee gently secures the device to the finger and helps it to stay located in the palm of the hand, offering stability, safety and confidence that the device is secure from falling. Simple to use, Mobigrip is perfect for all ages and personalities ranging from students to businessmen.

Greg Myers, President, Founder and Inventor of Mobigrip, describes Mobigrip as, “the only product of its kind to offer this simple and necessary function. It’s both hip and revolutionary.”  And he adds, “With approximately 5 billion cell phones and minimally 10 billion more handheld electronic devices in use worldwide, we expect to make a dent in the market of broken devices.  It is an item that simply makes using your device safer, more stable and overall easier to hold; a true ‘must have’ accessory and a ‘must feel’ to really appreciate.  A safety belt for high tech toys”.

Mobigrip is made in the USA and designed to apply easily to portable electronic devices. Simply peel, stick and secure. It’s removable, leaves no residue and is available in a wide range of colors and stylish patterns.  Customers can purchase Mobigrip on the web at www.mobigrips.com.


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