Falk, Medion Showing up Outdoor Nav at IFA



Falk, Medion Showing up Outdoor Nav at IFA
At the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, two German navigation makers, Falk and Medion, have shown new outdoor GPS devices.

Falk displayed an outdoor device called IBEX that features a 3.5-inch color touchscreen, a rain-proof casing (IPX7), compass and barometer with a weight of 200g. The built-in lithium-ion battery is said to offer up to eight hours on a single charge.

Content-wise this new device offers a complete outdoor map dataset for Germany and street navigational data through a single interface. Thanks to a partnership with the German Bicycle Association (ADFC), the device also sports 200,000 kms of bicycle roads

IBEX will be available in October in Germany at a retail price of €369.95 including VAT.

Falk, Medion Showing up Outdoor Nav at IFA
Falk, Medion Showing up Outdoor Nav at IFA
Medion
For its own part, Medion chose to offer a hybrid model between turn-by-turn navigation and outdoor GPS with the GoPal S3647 and S3747, a first attempt in this area for the German PND brand. The latter has a Bluetooth chipset and maps of Western Europe (against only Germany, Switzerland and Austria for S3647). Both have a 3.5-inch color touch screen and a rain-proof IPX7 casing.

Besides the street map they both feature a 1:100,000 topographic map of Germany. Additional map data at 1:25,000 scale can be bought online a coupon is offered for a free map.

These Medion devices will be available in October, their prices have been undisclosed thus far.

These announcements from Falk and Medion testify of the willingness of local brands to breach the quasi monopoly of Garmin on the outdoor GPS market.

Tuesday, September 7th 2010


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