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
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.