updated 09:30 am EDT, Wed July 1, 2009
Dell Mini 10 to get GPS
Dell on Tuesday announced it will add mapping features to its Inspiron Mini 10 netbooks starting next week. The Wireless 700 add-on combines both an internal GPS card from Broadcom and Wi-Fi triangulation technology from Skyhook Wireless to find its own location, which allows it to operate both indoors and outdoors. Indoors, Wi-Fi access points are used to determine the location via their respective and mapped hardware addresses. Outdoors, or when the line of sight to a satellite is available, it reverts to the assisted GPS chipset for a more accurate, network-independent view.
Making this functionality usable is included CoPilot navigation software that provides users with turn-by-turn directions via 2D or 3D map views. Users can save up to 50 addresses in a single trip, automatically detour and continuously update trip information. A Loki browser plug-in for Internet Explorer and Firefox will provide details from supported sites of nearby restaurants, stores and friends' locations via supported social sites including Flickr, Loopt and BrightKite.
Initially, the Dell Wireless 700 location feature will only support Windows XP commonly found in netbooks, with Windows Vista and Windows 7 compatibility being added at a later date. Systems other than the Mini 10 will also get native location support.
Pricing for the option has not been announced.