by Gary Woods
Global Positioning or GPS is very cool. The ability to triangulate satellite data to help you find what you're looking for is great. I've used TomTom in my car for years and definitely would be lost without it. At the Consumer Electronics store I saw something called CoPilot Live that works with your handheld Windows Mobile 2003, 5.0 or 6.0 devices. The software requires 8MB of program memory, 10MB of application memory and a memory card slot.
Some of the features I thought were very cool were the Speech Engine which gives directions in 20 different languages and the 2D and 3D map views with points of interest icons that display the location of over 6 million sites complete with phone numbers. Other features I found very useful were the multiple routing options including with the ability to specify whether you're walking, cycling or driving. The user interface has just been re-designed and features large buttons, intuitive menus and simplified destination entry.
CoPilot also has a version that works on laptop PCs so if you've got a laptop mount in your RV, or other vehicle this could be a workable solution. If you've already got a device with GPS the CoPilot 7 retails for $99.99. But if you require GPS capability be added to your device the whole package retails for $199.99.
All GPS solutions are not alike. I found CoPilot Live to be attractive, easy to use and very flexible. If you're looking at GPS to your handheld device CoPilot Live (http://www.alk.com/copilot/default.asp) is worth checking into.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc