As you've been able to read in our review of one of the devices from the Moov series, the Moov 330 Europe
, one of the most important technologies included in the new devices from Mio is NavPix, which allows users to navigate through... photos. And in order to take full advantage of this technology, the company has just announced at Computex the launch of a special hybrid, namely a personal navigation device that comes packed with its own, built-in digital camera.
Practically, the "Mio PND Camera", as the manufacturers have dubbed it, combines the advantages of a consumer-grade digital camera (8 Megapixels) with those provided by a portable navigation unit, thus creating a device with a very high level of versatility. Moreover, this very innovative product has a very thin and elegant form factor, having the same overall dimensions as your average portable navigation device.
Moreover, the GPS-enabled digital camera (or PND with built-in camera module, as you prefer) features a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, which can be used for viewing either the navigation maps or the photos taken with the help of the optical zoom lenses.
As mentioned right from the start, this product could prove to be just the thing to help NavPix technology hit mainstream. By using the PND camera, users can take geo-tagged photos and use them either to get back to that specific location or in order to share them with other people by uploading them to the Internet.
And since we're on the subject of navigation, it's also quite interesting to note that, besides complete GPS functionality, Mio's product also incorporates MioMap2008 software with a large number of pre-loaded POIs, allowing users to easily find their way either on their home turf or when going on trips abroad.
Unfortunately, no price or availability information have been provided for the time being, but this thing will most likely be available at a pretty high price point, given the extended level of versatility and functionality it can provide. We are just a few, but there are many of you, Softpedia users, out there. That's why we thought it would be a good idea to create an email address for you to help us a little in finding gadgets we missed. Interesting links are bound to be posted with recognition going mainly to those who submit. The address is .