The 'Navirover' pocket navigator

If you have admired GPS navigation systems found in many of today’s cars, you will be happy to know that you can install a similar system on your mobile devices. The system is known as NaviRover – Pocket PC (Arm) 1.01.

The NaviRover is a program that works on a wide range of mobile devices that support the StrongArm + Pocket PC 2000 and 2002 platform. Some of the devices that you can use with NaviRover include the HTC HD2, Verizon Touch, Sony Ericsson Xperia, T-Mobile MDA Touch and Samsung Armani phone. There are nearly 600 mobile devices offered by more than 160 companies that are compatible with this software

NaviRover includes a database with a map of the United States down to major street level. All of this information is compressed into a file that is only 5 MB in size. The program works in two ways: a mapping mode, and a GPS mode.

The mapping mode allows you to plot your position on the US map and also to mark an unlimited number of locations with the Point of Interest (POI) flag icon and name. Adding and deleting POIs can be accomplished by simply touching the screen. The map, which includes Alaska, Hawai’i and Puerto Rico, can be moved, zoomed and rotated with one’s fingers using the mobile device’s touch screen.

When you use the GPS mode, signal information from GPS satellites is used to calculate your longitude and latitude in real time. In addition, information on altitude, speed, and Greenwich Mean Time are provided with the GPS data. Using the GPS mode, you can accurately determine your position at any time in any part of the world. However, NaviRover does not include world maps, so any plotting on maps will be restricted to the United States.

Users can navigate to destinations using a DDI system that displays an arrow pointing out the route you should take. The display is auto-centered and automatically adjusts as you drive or walk toward your destination. The record mode tracks your movements and allows you to display your entire path traced out on the map.

NaviRover is a pocket navigator that can be used both for car and walking navigation. When used in the GPS mode you can use it off-road. The device can also be used to help locate other people that you are trying to find while traveling. For GPS mode, the software requires NMEA 0183 output standard and a supporting baud rate from 4800 to 38400 bps.

The advantages of this software are that it is easy to download and install, and can be used on a wide range of devices. The product is relatively inexpensive and there is only a one-time cost. The disadvantages are the limitation of use in the US for mapping purposes, and the lack of updates or satellite imaging data. NaviRover does not interface with online social networking services. If you’re mainly interested in navigating in the US without any frills, NaviRover should be fine.