Entertainment on the Moov with the Mio V780
By Paul Ridden
March 2, 2010
Portable navigation company Mio has announced a new product at CeBIT 2010 which is set to further blur the boundaries between GPS navigation, entertainment and Internet devices - the Mio Moov V780. Not only will users be able to find their way around but with the flick of a finger they'll be able to scroll through photos, watch high definition videos or play their favorite music. There's even the option to view digital TV thanks to an integrated receiver.
Given all that this device can do, it's hard to pigeon-hole exactly where Mio's Moov V780 will actually sit in the consumer electronics market. It's a GPS navigation device, of course, and features new Mio Spirit navigation software which has been "designed for a new generation of adventurers to plan their trips ahead of time and take them down to the correct route whilst providing more real-time information for exploring what's nearby".
But behind its 7-inch, 800 x 480 resolution widescreen capacitive multi-touch display also sits a multimedia player which supports the playback of 720p high definition video and MP3/WMA/WMV/ACC audio playback. Sound is provided by an internal speaker or via a 3.5mm headphone socket, while the HD video can be sent out to suitably compatible televisions. An integrated DVB-T digital TV receiver will give the user access to digital broadcast TV, and if you want to show off your photo collection, you can pinch and zoom to your heart's content.
The Moov V780 is set to make menu navigation an enjoyable experience too, with a 3D animated interface with gesture-driven glide through menus. The device is powered by a 600MHz processor and has 4Gb or 8Gb of internal memory and half a gig of RAM. Expansion is possible via microSD and mini USB 2.0 also features. There are several options for how the device is viewed, no doubt depending on how it's being used, from an extendable dashboard mount or desk cradle, to a carry case which includes a QWERTY keyboard,a 360 degree optical tracking device and also doubles up as a device stand.
Mio hasn't stopped there though, access to the Internet is provided courtesy of 802.11 b/g and optional 3G or WiMax and an integrated Flash-enabled web browser. There's also a dedicated YouTube video application to help you find something of interest from the Internet video portal, and in order to help keep you fully connected, exchange server and webmail support are there too.
Pricing and availability were not available at the time of writing but will no doubt appear on the company's product pages in the near future.