iGolf Technologies has announced a GPS unit that will support any Palm or Pocket PC PDA that offers SDIO. This covers almost all of the latest PDA releases and could be a great alternative to Bluetooth GPS accessories and other corded options. The big questions are, will it really come out in October and how will it perform for the $300 investment?
From the release, “When purchasing the SD GPS package, consumers will receive two software applications, which are compatible with Palm OS and Pocket PC devices. iGolfgps provides golfers with distance measurements to the front, center and back of the green. This software allows the user to select four customizable locations, measure drive distance from the tee and includes an optional scorecard for up to four players. Mapopolis provides navigation and driving directions for a specific region. Palm OS and Pocket PC users will enjoy a detailed map of their selected region, maps of the national highways, door-to-door driving directions, streets with addresses, cities, water features, landmarks and GPS support.”
I doubt most users will care to use their PDA on the course, especially since many of the higher-end facilities already have a service like this with flat panel monitors built into the carts. However, the Mapopolis partnership seems worthwhile, making this device very interesting to mobile GPS fans, especially those who want a tight integration and don’t care for the wireless limitations of the Garmin iQue 3600.
While I applaud their effort, as we’ve seen with SD WiFi cards, the ability to announce a product and actually produce and support one are two very different things. I hope this unit works out well, as I’d love to add GPS to almost any non-Sony PDA. But the lingering broken promises from Sandisk and others make the thought of other SD peripherals seem like a dream…until the shipments start being delivered.
For more information on the product or to pre-order, check out the product page at iGolf Technologies.