Voice-activated GPS system

by Paz

Novogo voice operated GPRS system

This is apparently the world’s first voice-activated car navigational system from Novogo.

What a cool idea, mainly because it reminded me of one of Ozzy Ozbourne’s MTV shows when he tried to use his voice-activated telephone fitted to his new BMW. Not surprisingly, the telephone didn’t understand his broad Midlands accent and kept asking him to clarify his slurred commands. Ozzy has no luck with gadgets, and despite repeated efforts to control the telephone with a voice command, he eventually got fed up and told the thing to **** off – which it did understand!

But to get back on topic, the V Series of GPS systems comes with all the functions of a state of the art portable navigational system, but the voice control gives it the edge for me.

Simply speak your intended destination and it will calculate the best route depending on whether you want the fastest route or the most economical. The top of the range models will update the route information based on the latest traffic reports, as well as warn you of any approaching speed limits (on most road sections). It can even warn you when you are speeding! T

he device comes pre-loaded with a Pan European and North America map, and features a 3.5 inch TFT LCD display that can be switched between 2D and 3D modes at the push of a button. As well as a wide choice of colours, there’s support for an SD card, as well as a mini USB port so you can connect it to your PC. There’s multi-language support too, but I’m not sure if Ozzy’s dialect is supported at this time!

The V Series navigational systems cost from €300 to €650. Found via Tech Digest

7 reviews or comments

mk Says: July 4, 2006 at 6:23 pm

Your title head is wrong… so be ” Voice Activated GPS system “

dem Says: July 5, 2006 at 6:55 am

ummm. GPRS is a mobile data service. i think the acronym you’re looking for is GPS.

Paz Says: July 5, 2006 at 8:30 am

Hi Guys, yes many thanks for that! I’ve updated it…

bob Says: August 7, 2006 at 12:29 am

this is reallly cool n all and i think that it would great use for people that lyk to fing the quickest way to get somewere!!!

ya mum Says: August 7, 2006 at 12:32 am

this thing is great because people that would also like to talk and find the best way to get somewere, this would be great for them

nilsetter2u Says: December 6, 2006 at 3:30 pm

Received an email from Novogo that the V series GPS is being discontinued. So much for the portable voice activated GPS system.

bestgpsforthemoney Says: January 7, 2011 at 5:31 am

Its interesting how these smaller companies come up with new technology, but don’t seem to last and then a couple of years later the big boys now have incorporated those features. Looks promising.

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