HP offers a new way to get lost and and then found again with their iPAQ Navigate online service launching today. The trip planning site offers you two options: print out your maps or load ‘em up on your iPAQ 300 series travel companion. Of course, no trip goes as planned (at least mine don’t) so you can easily edit your travel adventures right on the iPAQ if the road suddenly ends. Don’t laugh, my current home is four years old and still doesn’t show on Google Maps; delivery folks just LOVE us.The service sounds like a good complement to the 300-series iPAQ. We haven’t heard much about these Windows CE units since the launch announcements back in September. To refresh your personal RAM, these handheld units sport a 4.3-inch display with integrated GPS, Bluetooth, 3D navigation software, voice turn-by-turn directions, music and video playback support. Full press release on the HP iPAQ Navigate service follows.
HP Unveils iPAQ Navigate Online Service for Dynamic Trip PlanningLAS VEGAS, Jan. 3, 2008 – HP today launched HP iPAQ Navigate (www.ipaq.com/navigate), a trip planning website allowing users to create custom travel itineraries that can be printed for easy reference or loaded to the new HP iPAQ 300 Series Travel Companion personal navigation device for dynamic trip management.Before embarking on business or personal travel, customers can log onto the free HP iPAQ Navigate site to search for attractions, restaurants and hotels to add as points of interest to personalize trip plans – all from the comfort of a computer at home or in the office. The intuitive interface makes it easy to add, rearrange or delete destination points along an itinerary.Unlike most mapping and navigation sites, itineraries need not stop at the printer with the HP iPAQ Navigate website. Once plans are completed on a PC, they can be printed or conveniently loaded onto the HP iPAQ 300 Series personal navigation device. If trip plans change along the way, travelers can edit itineraries directly on the device and instantly share updates with friends, family or colleagues by simply logging back onto the site.“The iPAQ Navigate site is a significant step forward for personal navigation with its interactive tools for trip planning, easy itinerary management and sharing that is helpful for both personal and business travel,” said Dave Rothschild, vice president, Handheld Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Not only can customers better manage and navigate their travels, but they also can share their insights and experiences with their online communities.”Share your experience with othersAfter returning home, travelers can invite their community of family, friends, colleagues and even new users to view their trip. When logging back into HP iPAQ Navigate, customers can add notes about great restaurants, shortcuts to destinations and the best hotels from their trip so others can use the existing itinerary to create their own custom trip plans.Additional features are planned for HP iPAQ Navigate, including enhanced community tools and premium capabilities.iPAQ guides the way to new adventuresDuring travels, the HP iPAQ 300 Series serves as a virtual tour guide, providing a high-resolution, 3D immersive navigation experience(1) with spoken turn-by-turn directions. The device also features a brilliant 4.3-inch widescreen display with resolution equivalent to full DVD-quality video, Bluetooth™ phone connectivity(2) and premium entertainment system to enjoy MP3 music, videos, photos and pre-installed games during downtime. If travelers want to further explore their destination, they can search through the HP iPAQ’s rich points-of-interest database to add to their itinerary. Best of all, the HP iPAQ 300 Series can recalculate routes in real time via GPS technology, so the itinerary automatically adapts to adjustments and detours.AvailabilityThe HP iPAQ Navigate website is available at http://www.ipaq.com/navigate. More information about the site, HP iPAQ handhelds and other HP mobility solutions will be available in an online press kit at http://www.hp.com/go/Mobility2008 beginning January 7.About HPHP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $104.3 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Oct. 31, 2007. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.Note to editors: More news from HP, including links to RSS feeds, is available at http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/.(1) GPS Navigation software is included in select countries. Purchase of additional maps and/or software may be required to enable some features or allow navigation in certain areas. Map coverage may vary andis not guaranteed.(2) Bluetooth-enabled devices, separately purchased equipment and a service contract with a wireless airtime provider may be required for applicable wireless communication. Wireless Internet use requires a separately purchased service contract. Check with service provider for availability and coverage.