There’s an interesting press release from Trimble announcing a new solution called Trimble Outdoors. It allows Nextel and Java enabled cell phones the ability to navigate and plan trips.
Here’s the snippet from the press release:
You know about Global Positioning System (GPS) in vehicles. You have a cell phone. Now your cell phone can use GPS to guide you through the great outdoors.
It’s called Trimble(R) Outdoors, the first outdoor recreation solution that uses Nextel’s GPS- and Java-enabled cell phones for navigation and trip planning. Whether hiking, biking, boating, hunting, fishing or other off-road activity, your phone can guide the way. See http://www.TrimbleOutdoors.com or http://www.Nextel.com.
“Since many people already carry phones into the outdoors for safety, our solution eliminates the cost and inconvenience of buying a conventional handheld GPS,” said Rich Rudow, managing director of Trimble Outdoors. “With Trimble Outdoors, your Nextel phone can do the job for a fraction of the cost.”
Trimble Outdoors shows you where you’ve been and how to get back to where you started, as well as a compass direction and distance to where you are going, latitude, longitude, altitude, and speed. You can easily plan and
review trips online, move trip information wirelessly to your Nextel phone and use your phone as a navigation device complete with topographic, street, and aerial maps to guide your adventure.
Full press release…