updated 03:35 pm EDT, Tue August 1, 2006
Much attention has been given lately to integrating digital music playback with cars, but it's not often that people think of getting music alongside GPS, photos, and videos in the same box. Mio Technology did, and the company is betting that people are willing to buy a single unit for their car that handles almost everything. The company today pulled the wraps off the Digiwalker C710, which is a GPS unit that also plays MP3 music, JPEG photos, and DivX videos stored on SD or MMC cards. There's even an integrated Bluetooth chipset that can pair with a cellphone for hands-free calls. Not everyone wants a jack-of-all-trades, but for $649 it should be less expensive than the combination of a GPS unit and a portable media player.