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Garmin intros Voice Studio, ecoRoute HD, zumo 665

updated 09:15 am EST, Wed January 13, 2010

Garmin intros customizable voice app, more

Garmin last week introduced a number of new products or services, including a unique way to customize their Garmin GPS devices. The free-to-download Voice Studio app can be used by Windows or Mac PC users and allows them to record any voice, including their own, to hear back during navigating. The phrases can be edited, but cannot be applied to text-to-speech prompts such as street names. It is compatible with all Nuvi devices apart from the 300 and 600 series.

The company also unveiled a new ecoRoute hd navigator add-on that doubles as an OBD II vehicle diagnostics reader that can read error codes and reset warning lights. When users connect the included OBD II port, the information is sent wirelessly to the navigator. Data such as temperature readings, RPM, timing, and more can be displayed on a designated screen. The ecoRoute hd is compatible with nuvi 1260, 1370, 1390, 1490, and 160 GPS devices, among others. It ships in March for $150.

For motorcyclists, Garmin introduced a new navigator in the zumo 665. As one would expect, it is rugged and water resistant, meeting IPX 7 certification, and has a built-in GXM 40 XM antenna that gives riders access to XM satellite radio stations and XM NavTraffic and NavWeather services for a monthly fee. The 4.3-inch touchscreen can be operated with gloves on, with spoken directions sent over Bluetooth A2DP. Maps of Canada, the US and Puerto Rico are preloaded onto the device. The zumo 665 ships later this winter, priced at $1,000.

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  1. Ben Lawson

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    Joined: Jul 2002


    Not Mac-compatible?

    The product page doesn't mention Mac compatibility in an obvious way. Perhaps something like VMWare is needed to run the Windows app, but that's a pretty poor form of compatibility.

    "Garmin Voice Studio is compatible with IBM-compatible PCs running Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later operating system."

  1. OtisWild

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    Joined: Feb 2005


    Garmin stuff has some Mac compatibility

    I have Zumo 550, and it supports Mac pretty well over USB. I was able to update maps and download and install custom waypoints. Presumably any Garmin USB device should work, but it always pays to do your homework first.

    Incidentally, they just launched the Zumo 660 like 6mo ago, and they're already doing an incremental upgrade? And its MSRP is $1k?!?! WTF..

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