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GPS wishlists and New Years predictions

Started a thread on this last year and I don't think it got a lot of response. ;) But here are my thoughts… what are yours?

Predictions? Garmin will introduce more products to do things like watch your baby, keep your dog from barking and check your weight. Probably some wearables that don't interest me also. I can't imagine buying any Garmin products at all next year. But you never know….

I just got a big iPhone 6s Plus and am moving more and more to apps. Still using my Dezl 760 in the car at the moment, I like the big 7" screen and have rigged a mount that works very well. I also have an 8" Android tablet and will probably spend more time with that in the car next year.

Wish List? Maybe a high precision bluetooth receiver. The Bad Elf Surveyor claims 1 meter accuracy for $600. If it really works, that's quite inexpensive for this kind of accuracy.

But that's a lot of money for something I don't really "need". @gatorguy keeps telling me that cheap submeter devices are coming… and I'm still waiting! :D


  • SergZak 340 Points
    I don't see myself buying anything "Garmin" in the future either. Their track record of removing useful features that I'm used and adding junk (at least to me) features has really gotten to me. I'm still using my 3490/3790 and cannot see any reason to "upgrade" to anything that's current/recent. I used to really look forward to seeing what the new product lines offered but I no longer really even care. And even if something does in fact look interesting to me, it's always in the back of my mind..."what the heck did they remove THIS time?" Any tips that I provide here are now limited to the older units that I own...anything newer than that and I can't comment with any degree of certainty.
  • Tim 1482 Points
    Garmin combines the VIRB camera with their GPS technology and extensive aviation partners to create a drone.
  • Boyd 1999 Points
    Guess you're thinking of a high end commercial drone? The recreational drone market seems really saturated already, that might end up like the NuviFone. ;) People got all excited about GoPro introducing a drone last summer, and their stock has dropped from $65 to $18 since then. @-)
  • Boyd 1999 Points
    The big Consumer Electronics Show opens on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Garmin typically announces a few new products there every year. Check their blog over the next few days to see what's happening:
  • Tim 1482 Points
    I'd start looking for updates tonight/tomorrow.
  • Tim 1482 Points
    All of the announcements are now up. Watches, heads up display glasses for cyclists, more watches, "coaching" from Garmin Connect, and a new baby monitor. Oh, and a couple of new PNDs dubbed the "Drive" line... Good bye, Nuvi; nice long run.
  • Boyd 1999 Points
    Too bad... I was hoping for a cat "MeowLimiter" companion for their dog "BarkLimiter" product. ;)

    Those "drive" products should confuse people even more, since they have model numbers similar to existing Nuvis. Here's the product page for their premium 7" device, apparently it has a multi-touch screen:

  • t923347 532 Points
    edited January 2016
    Here are the complete detail pages for all the 2016 Drive models:

    Is it just me or are these just Nuvi models that have been re-branded? @-)
  • SergZak 340 Points
    I agree with Rick. These "new" Drive models seem to just be re-branded nuvis...but time will tell.
  • Zemartelo 207 Points
    It looks like they are adding warnings to the features. Which is a good idea imo.
    It peeked my interest...
  • Boyd 1999 Points
    Garmin stock is surging this morning, up about 8%. Guess they have a pretty good handle on the market with their new products….

    Total revenue of $781 million with outdoor, fitness, aviation and marine collectively growing 11% over the year ago quarter and contributing 66% of total revenue

  • Tim 1482 Points
    I think products like their fitness bands and fitness watches shouldn't be underestimated. I have numerous friends who own those products yet have probably never used a GPS and maybe don't even known GPS is what Garmin is known for.
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