Using an on-board GPS to indicate position and track car movements in real-time is not new, but Kenwood's FlyOver Technology builds a "from-the-air" 3D image as you drive enabling you to envision your position and intended route more readily.The technology delivers satellite and aerial images via narrowband transmission and its creators envisage broad usage of the system in digital devices - PCs, PDAs and mobile handsets - as well as In-Car Navigation Systems. The image can be manipulated in 3D to provide a realistic "Flyover", but the killer app set to drive the uptake of the technology is "Visual Mining". This function enables a layer of graphical links to data to be superimposed on the image so that users can access data from point-of-interest commerce providers - a bit like an enhanced Yellow Pages. Potentially information on the evening's restaurant could be accessed whilst driving there, and you could even pay for the first round of drinks while you're at it.Visual Map technology has been implemented in Kenwood's latest Hard Disk Drive-based Car Navigation System released for the Japanese market. "Aerial map Sky Cruise View" offers route guidance, point of interest placement and supports split screen viewing. Different map scales and variable angles of view are selected via pitch, pan and zoom controls. Te new Kenwood HDD system covers 13 major Japanese cities and FlyOver Technologies is also operational in Singapore and Israel.Visit the Active R&D site at www.2flyover.com to view online demos of FlyOver Technology.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon