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Garmin nuvi 880 navigation

Ralf Jurrien
CES report
Saturday 5th, January 2008
Posted by: Ralf Jurrien

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced the new Garmin nuvi 880, a premium portable navigation device with cutting-edge speech recognition, dynamic MSN Direct content, and an impressive array of other convenience and safety features. The devicewas announced in conjunction with the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and will be on display at the Garmin booth (South Hall 4, booth #35832). “Garmin’s nuvi 880 uses speech recognition to make navigation safer and easier than ever. Now it’s possible to keep both hands on the wheel, tell nuvi what to do and where to go, and you’re on your way to stress-free travel,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s worldwide vice president of sales.

Garmin nuvi 880

Garmin nuvi 880
Dan Bartel added: “And with enhanced MSN Direct services, the Garmin nuvi 880 provides cutting-edge content like traffic, fuel prices, news and business headlines, and a wireless ‘send to GPS’ capability.” In keeping with Garmin’s heritage of elegant user interface design, the Garmin nuvi 880’s speech recognition technology sets the new industry standard for simple and intuitive use. Users mount a push-to-talk wireless remote to their steering wheel, which is used to activate voice commands - no additional setup or “training” is required. Once activated, the user can effortlessly manipulate controls by speaking the words that correspond to buttons that are on the touchscreen display, so that almost any common task can be performed without ever touching the unit.

Garmin 880 - Voice Command
Garmin has also streamlined the way users can perform complex points of interest searches. Driving in an unfamiliar area and hungry for some spaghetti? Simply say, “find nearest Italian restaurant,” and you’re offered a menu of nearby pasta purveyors. Use a voice command to select the establishment of your choice, and the Garmin nuvi 800 series gives you turn-by-turn directions to dinner. The Garmin nuvi 880 also knows the names of many large business brands, so a user need only say, “find nearest Starbucks” for a quick caffeine fix.

Garmin nuvi 880

Speech recognition
For the ultimate in safety, a driver at any time speak the phrase, “where am I?” and their device will display its exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and gas stations. Speech recognition can also be used to search for addresses as well - all hands-free, from start to finish. Speech recognition is available for American English, British English, European French, European Spanish, German, Italian, and Netherlands Dutch languages.

Garmin nuvi 880 MSN Direct network
The Garmin nuvi 880 also boasts next-generation dynamic content from the MSN Direct network that helps users efficiently navigate their day, including:
Traffic conditions: receive up-to-date traffic incident and flow information for most metropolitan areas across North America, and let nuvi select a route that avoids traffic accidents, road closures, and construction.
Fuel prices: receive gas price data from over 100,000 gas stations across the nation. Drivers will always know where to get the best prices - and save time and fuel by using their unit to navigate directly to the station of their choice.
Weather reports: features current weather conditions (including high/low/current temperatures, chances of precipitation, humidity, pressure, wind, and weather alerts) as well as three day weather forecasts.
Enhanced movie listings: search for movies by title or by theater and receive show times, ‘star’ ratings, genre, actors, and more - and get driving directions to the theater.
Local events: receive special notices on festivals, concerts, and sporting events in your area, and navigate to them.
News and stocks: the latest news headlines and financial market updates are always at your fingertips.
Send to GPS capability: plan trips and look up destinations from the convenience of your computer, via Windows Live Local, and then wirelessly send locations to your Garmin nuvi 880

MSN Direct service Price
Three months of free MSN Direct service is included with the purchase of the Garmin nuvi 880. Owners can re-subscribe for $49.95 a year, or a one-time charge of $129.95.

Garmin nuvi 880 - Bluetooth wireless technology
The Garmin nuvi 880 has Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling when paired with compatible phones. Using the unit’s speech recognition capabilities, users can find and dial phone numbers (specifically supported phones can even access their history log of received, missed and dialed calls) or nuvi’s points of interest database (hotels, restaurants, stores and more). This new premium PND also has a built-in FM transmitter, allowing users to wirelessly transmit turn-by-turn directions and street names, MP3s and audio books through their vehicle’s stereo. The Garmin nuvi 880 also boasts front-firing stereo speakers and a removable lithium-ion battery.

Where To & View Map
Boasting a bright, sunlight-readable 4.3-inch color touchscreen display (480x272 pixels), the Garmin nuvi 880 is loaded with maps of the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The new unit incorporates a high-sensitivity internal GPS antenna that makes it thinner and easier to mount in a car. At startup (Garmin’s new “instant on” feature makes the unit quicker to use), Garmin’s intuitive “Where To?” and “View Map” welcome screen appears, allowing for quick searches of addresses or over six million points of interest like restaurants, hotels, attractions, gas stations, and more. Turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions guide drivers to their destination, announcing streets by name along the way. If they miss a turn, the nuvi automatically recalculates a route and gets them back on track.

Garmin nuvi 880 & 850 navigation
The Garmin nuvi 880 also includes many entertainment and travel tools including a music player (MP3, Ogg, and Flac formats supported), audio book player (subscription to Audible.com required), alarm clock, picture viewer, currency converters and more. The Garmin nuvi 880 even has games pre-loaded to pass the time while waiting in airports and long lines. The units also are installed with Garmin Lock™, an innovative patent pending theft prevention system that disables the unit from performing any functions until the user types in a specific 4-digit PIN or takes the unit to a predetermined secure location. Garmin also offers the nuvi 850, which offers speech recognition capabilities but without MSN Direct services or Bluetooth wireless technology. All other features are comparable to the nuvi 880.

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