In a joint announcement with PalmSource, Garmin has formally announced the iQue 3600, the first PDA with integrated GPS hardware and software applications. It runs on the Palm OS 5 platform and a brand new Motorola chipset.
“By integrating the Palm OS with GPS functionality, we’ve built a one-of-a-kind mobile companion device that offers a smart way to navigate through the day, whether traveling to a business appointment or taking the scenic route,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. “Combining the Palm OS with our GPS technology is a logical combination for a handheld device and allows Garmin to participate in the momentum already established by the Palm Economy.”
Garmin’s innovative Que technology delivers location awareness, electronic mapping, automatic route calculation, turn-by-turn voice guidance and map data interface to the iQue 3600. Que technology enables users to see where they are, find a street address, know where the next turn is via visual and voice guidance, get back on track when they’ve strayed off course and navigate efficiently to their desired destination.
One of the key benefits of technology integration on the iQue 3600 is its patent-pending contact-locator feature. Enabled by Garmin’s Que technology, this feature connects the Palm Address Book and Date Book to the GPS electronic map to give the user the ability to navigate directly to a specific address within the user’s contact database.
I tell you what…this is a very impressive combo from Garmin. As long as the software supports these marketing claims, I think this unit could sell quite well. It’s due out 2Q this year and a price has not yet been determined. We’ll have more on this unit after we play with it at the CES this weekend.