“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Getting there quicker with GPS

Zatni Arbi , Contributor The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 03/03/2008 12:52 AM

A friend and I were in an office building in the Pondok Indah area, South Jakarta, and we were about to leave for the airport.

I had just powered up the Global Positioning System (GPS) device I had in my hand. While the device was busy determining our location, I selected our destination from the list of Points of Interest: Cengkareng Airport (Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport).

I had to wait for quite some time before the system finally zeroed in on our exact location. Once it knew where we were and where we wanted to go, it began to blow us away.

The sleek device I was playing around with this time was Mio C320. It was designed as a car navigation system, although it can easily fit into a shirt pocket.

What makes it stand out is its text-to-speech feature, which uses a woman's voice to guide the user turn-by-turn through the confusing maze of Jakarta's roads and alleys.

The Bluebird driver who took us to the airport was amazed at how accurate the instructions were every time.

"In three hundred meters, turn left." Or, "In two hundred meters, keep right". It was truly impressive!

The screen also showed some visual clues, too. On the upper left corner it had an arrow telling us where we should go next -- left, right or straight ahead.

The name of the next street we were to turn down was displayed at the top of the screen. The system also provided some trip statistics, such as the distance traveled.

We took a back street to avoid congested Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda, which took us through a residential area. The intelligent software inside the device didn't mind.

On the contrary, it continued to tell us to turn left or right. It conformed to the route the taxi driver was actually taking.

At one point, we didn't follow the instructions and stopped at a mini mart to get some bottled drinking water. The system forgave us for our disobedience and recalculated the route to make sure we were back on the right track to the airport.

The name "Mio" may not be as familiar to us as Panasonic or Samsung, and it definitely has nothing to do with Yamaha motorcycles. Still, Mio is the market leader in GPS devices in the Asia-Pacific region.

Garmin, which may ring a bell when talking about GPS gadgets, is still the market leader in the U.S., but Mio is the No. 3 there, says Sonia Chan, Mio's sales manager.

Frankly, I wasn't aware of the Taiwanese brand Mio before I was given the opportunity to interview Sonia Chan from Mio Technology Limited, Yo Yoe from PT Tele Atlas Indonesia and Kemal Toha from Kahar Duta Sarana right after the product launch in Indonesia.

However, when I checked the Web, I realized I had been missing a lot. Luckily, I was able to play around with a Mio C320 to really see how great the Mio GPS device is.

Mio kicked off its official arrival in Indonesia by introducing six different models, including the Mio C320 car navigation system. My review unit was priced at around Rp 5 million.

The other models included the A701 and A501, which are GPS devices with PDA and GSM phone functionality, as well as the P560 and P360 -- two GPS-cum-PDA-only models. And there was also the C230, a compact car navigation device. All these devices run Windows Mobile 6. The A701 and A501 also come with a 3.2 MP camera.

The digital mapping data is compiled by Tele Atlas, a global company based in the Netherlands.

"We use 50,000 data resources worldwide to ensure the highest level of accuracy," said Yo Yoe, Tele Atlas Indonesia's General Manager.

Kahar Duta Sarana has been appointed by the Taiwanese company as the authorized distributor of Mio products for the Indonesian market.

"We provide the logistics and user training for these products," said Kemal, the company's director.

A GPS device uses signals from a network of GPS satellites. There is no charge for using the signals beamed by the 24 satellites that were put into orbit by the U.S. Department of Defense.

A GPS device needs at least three satellite signals to be able to determine any location on earth through a method known as triangulation. The results are shown on a digital map.

What are the things that I especially like about the C320? First, the large 4.3-inch touchscreen TFT is very bright and sharp. Secondly, the speech is very clear and the system uses remarkably simple English.

I didn't have the chance to measure the life of the integrated battery, but it should be more than enough for a long trip inside the city without crawling traffic.

Mio Technologies comes with the necessary accessories to attach it to the car's windscreen. There is a car power adapter as well, so we can use it for a trip all the way to Bali. Yes, Bali, folks.

Mio has preinstalled Tele Atlas' map for Jawa and Bali, Singapore and Malaysia. If I wanted to use it in Spain, for example, I would have to purchase the maps from Tele Atlas. It should be worth every cent, as the maps are very detailed. It even has addresses of nearby cash dispensers, gas stations, hotels, galleries, restaurants, etc.

By the way, if you use the device in countries like Singapore, the C320 will even alert you if there is a speed camera ahead.

There are a few shortcomings, of course. First, the screen tends to get washed out and unreadable outdoor under the sun. You can use it inside the car with no problem.

Second, the screen keypad is a bit too small for fat fingers like mine. This is something that Mio can learn from LG Mobile; in Viewty and Prada phones, I have no problem pressing the correct characters on the phones' touchscreen although the screen keys are pretty tiny.

Another item on my wish list is a mechanical volume adjustment. As it is now, turning the voice assistance up or down requires a lot of steps, which can create a dangerous distraction to a driver.

Finally, I think the system should also allow us to make some correction in street names. I came across Duri Kepa that should have been Duri Kelapa.

Despite these minor weaknesses, it will be very difficult for me to part with the C320. It's a very useful device, especially when you need to go to a place that you are not familiar with. It's no wonder someone once said "GPS is one of the most fantastic utilities ever devised by man".

Try using one of these Mios, and you'll be trying to convince your wife that you need it.

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