CoPilot LIVE Premium & CoPilot Live Standard Available

I love this app set on the iPhone, I know you will as well. Having a navigation app that makes map data available on your phone for those times when the cloud fails you is a beautiful thing.

Read this announcement and know the Mac version rev is in the queue to be released to the App Store. Once it is we'll announce it here!

Mike

In the Android store now. Apple version update forthcoming.

ALK Technologies Unveils New Generation of CoPilot Live Navigation Apps
Includes the ability to fully personalize your route, access to social content and a new simplified user interface for iPhone, iPad and Android devices

Princeton, NJJune 27, 2011—ALK Technologies Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of mobile navigation software, today announced a new generation of CoPilot Live GPS navigation apps for iPhone, iPad and Android-powered mobile devices.  The initial apps available from the new platform are CoPilot Live Premium and CoPilot Live Standard.

“With our new collection of CoPilot Live apps, we’ve created a unique navigation experience, combining innovative and exciting features such as drag routing, with a social dimension that makes it easy to share your journey with friends,” says Michael Kornhauser, Managing Director of CoPilot Business Unit. “Personalization is key to our approach.  We want to empower drivers to choose or create their ideal route to any destination.  Taking personalization a step further, we’ve also introduced the concept of users creating an app designed specifically for them.”

For the user who wants an advanced navigation experience, our CoPilot Live Premium app offers unlimited use of our full set of features.  For users who may not need all the features CoPilot Live has to offer, we’re introducing a cost-effective approach that allows them to select and purchase only the features they need.  The CoPilot Live Standard app includes full turn-by-turn navigation and route calculation along with the ability to add as many advanced features as the user needs via in-app purchase, to completely customize their app to their personal liking.

The all new CoPilot Live apps guide you where you need to go, via the way that suits you best, in-car or on foot. Featuring a completely new user interface, that provides quick and easy access to relevant driving features right when you need them.

It’s a new, more interactive way to navigate, with the unique ability to drag your route to adjust it and tap anywhere on the map to go there or discover useful location-specific information.

New Features Available

Personal Routes™:  CoPilot Live helps you find your best way to any destination with a choice of up to three alternate routes, displaying journey time and mileage for each. Fine-tuning the route is easy: simply drag the route or a destination to a preferred street you wish to take or location to navigate to.

Intuitive User Interface: CoPilot Live puts all the navigation and driving features you need right at your fingertips, when you need them. Simply tap anywhere on the map to add it as a destination, discover location-specific information or share it with friends.

Social Navigation: Share your journey details and check ins with in-app Facebook and Twitter updates. Fully integrated Bing™ local Internet search and Wikipedia make it easy to find all the nearby businesses, services and local attractions you need.

Speed Limit Displays: CoPilot Live displays the speed limits on major roads and informs you with on-screen and audible alerts if you accidentally exceed it.

Superior Guidance In-car or On Foot:  The sleek new dashboard-style guidance display provides clear, non-distracting directions with a choice of 3D, 2D and Directions-only navigation views.  Lane Assist arrows, real signpost information and realistic ClearTurn™ display provide enhanced guidance at complex interchanges.  An all new walking mode with digital compass support* makes it easy to find the way around a city on foot.

What else can you expect?

·         On-board Maps with Free Map Updates for 1 year:  maps are stored on-board your device so you can navigate offline without using your data plan

·         Text-to-Speech (TTS) voice directions with full street names

·         Take Me to My Car: to save the exact location of your car and easily find it later

·         Door-to-Door Trip Planning: enter up to 50 stops and optimize the itinerary

·         Photo Navigation:  drive to a geotagged picture taken by your smartphone

·         Copy/Paste a destination into the address entry screen

·         Detour Feature: to avoid unexpected delays or specific sections of your route

·         Millions of Points of Interest (POIs) with in-app dialing

·         ActiveTraffic™: (optional service) use real-time traffic information to calculate the fastest route to your destination and get accurate ETAs

·         Live Weather information at your location or destination

·         Live Fuel Prices: (optional service) to find the cheapest gas station nearby

·         In-app news and updates to keep you informed about improvements and updates available to you

Availability

CoPilot Live Premium USA is available to purchase through Android Market for a 7 day introductory price of $9.99.  CoPilot Live Premium includes unlimited use of the full set of navigation features.  Following the 7 day promotion the app will be available for $29.99.

CoPilot Live Standard USA is available to purchase through Android Market for a 7 day introductory price of $2.99. CoPilot Live Standard includes basic turn-by-turn navigation and route calculation with the option to add unlimited use of advanced navigation features via in-app purchase.  Following the 7 day promotion the app will be available for $4.99.

Use of the ActiveTraffic™ service for 12 months is available for $9.99 and 12 months’ use of the Live Fuel Prices service is available for $4.99 via in-app purchase.

CoPilot Live Premium USA for iPhone, CoPilot Live Standard USA for iPhone and CoPilot Live Premium HD USA for iPad 3G are currently awaiting approval from Apple and are expected to be available on the iTunes App Store shortly.

View a Flickr gallery of the new CoPilot Live Apps

More information is available on the Android Market

*Digital Compass support where available on device

About ALK Technologies

ALK Technologies has been developing innovative mobile navigation and transportation technology solutions since 1979. ALK’s award-winning CoPilot® Live™ GPS navigation apps are among the most award-winning in the industry and among the best-selling on app stores worldwide including iTunes and Android Market. CoPilot Live is the navigation platform of choice for mobile operators, hardware OEMs and enterprise systems integrators globally.

More information is available at www.copilotlive.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

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EcoStylus from Shapedad

So I was tweeting one day asking Wacom to send me a Bamboo review unit when I received a tweet from someone who said basically try out my stylus that I am selling, it's made out of Bamboo, REAL BAMBOO! Here's the guy below.

So we exchanged tweets and then emails and I said send me one and let's see if we can put the stamp of approval on it. I read about it on http://www.etsy.com/shop/shapedad and saw some things about it on the web. Here's a guy who figured out how to make a capacitive stylus for the ipad and iphone which is made out of real bamboo, copper and nylon. It's not large, it's not cumbersome, it's not unwieldily, it's thin, light, easy to use, and fun to work with. It makes using the iPad fun and more accurate than using your fingertips in some cases. This I like.

So in order to find all these things out, I had to receive one. It came in a nice bubble wrapped envelope which when opened yielded the following:

Nice packaging, easily recycled, and oh look it's actually BAMBOO!!

So amidst all that was happening I decided to get to work with this stylus. Just to give you an idea of the length of it, I laid it out on the ipad screen. There you can get an idea of how long this is. Which is great because some of these things are just too short and trying to write on the iPad screen with something that is short would just not work well.

So I launched facebook as the app and decided to just see how it would be to tap out a message with this thing. How would it feel different than simply tapping with my finger. Now granted I can type quickly, even on the smaller keyboard which the ipad facebook app uses (because facebook is too lazy to create an actual ipad app due to Zuckerberg thinking that the ipad is not really portable???), but I thought it would be fun to tap out a message just for grins:

So I tapped that out and eventually shared it with the rest of the world. Tapping can be fun just to see how your coordination works. This is something that will become apparent as you go forward in life, so this skill is one that the eco-stylus can help you with and does it very well. Here's my share of the message with the world:

After that message was done, I decided to put this through its paces and see if I could draw with it, and write with it. Now I am not the best artist in the world, and the first to admit this, so in the hands of a really talented person, this would do well. With me...it's just fun to share what I can do sometimes.

Now I know the name of the Stylus is not Bamboo, but since it's made of Bamboo, the name used in the video fits, and since Wacom was too high up on its horse to send one our way to look at this Eco Stylus gets the review, not the fancy one from Wacom which is as far from Bamboo as bamboo can be! See we're about truth in advertising. If you're naming it bamboo, it better be made out of wood! Wacom's is NOT. This one is. POINT to ECO STYLUS!!

Okay, so I guess you're waiting to see what we think of it, and whether or not it's going to get a stamp of approval or not. I'll just say you'll have to watch the video to see!!!

What I can tell you is that innovation is something we're always looking out for. We always want to see people take an idea, run with it, get support, and build something with it. Whether it's a product or a service, it's important to bring something to the party. Help advance Human-Kind in some way. It's why we're all here.

Ivo Beckers has done that. He's shown that with a little ingenuity, and some easily obtained materials he can create a product which helps those using tablets with capacitive surfaces an easy way to do more than drag your fingers across the glass. He's made it light, fun, and eco-friendly.

This last video will give you what you came here to see:

Thanks for taking time to watch, to read, and most of all to go buy at least one of these for use with your iPad, iPad2, iPhone or other device.

Michael

iSpeak...Italian

So this story is a bit of a heart grabber, but it's also a compliment to an app development company and a call to investors to reach out and corner these people and invest in them. In fact, it's a call out to Apple to invest in them to help them achieve some amazing things. I know there are some at Apple who read my postings, may this be one of them. These guys are doing some amazing stuff.

And now a little soul bearing. My mother has dementia. She's 100% Italian. She's reverted back to speaking her native language after over 50 years of English and Italian. Recently my father was hospitalized and I went to spend some time with my Mother to watch over her. I don't speak Italian so this is an interesting story. I was talking to her in English and wondering how I would explain to her that Dad was in the hospital.

I tried using Google's Translate program which is great, but it does not have a voice attached to it. I can type 110 wpm on the keyboard, but after reading my typing for a few minutes she got bored. Plus when driving you can't type so it's self-defeating. No thanks.

As we were walking a thought came up me of "I wonder if anyone has a translation app that can go from English to Italian?" It turns out there are a couple out there. Now I needed more than text to text, I needed the integration of a voice to allow it to connect with Mom since she's not much into reading.

And then I found it. FutureApps iSpeak Italian. Not only does it translate from English To Italian, it does the Reverse, AND it SPEAKS IT TOO!! So I could say something to my Mother in English and when she did not respond, I could type it in English, press a button to translate it to Italian, and then let the app SPEAK to her and she would GET what I was trying to tell her.

icon for the app

Literally every 5-10 minutes she would say to me "Where's Papa?" (in Italian). I would type to her "He's in the hospital" in English and click the translate button "lui é in ospedale" it would come up on the screen and then I'd click the SPEAK IT! Button and the voice of an italian sounding woman would come from the iPhone 4 and my Mom's face would light up.

I was also showing her a picture of my father laying in the bed injured in the hospital. Visual clues and vocal clues it turns out are helpful to people suffering from dementia. "We must go to him" she would say. We'd jump in the car and drive literally 5 minutes to the local hospital.

By the time we'd arrived at the hospital she'd ask "Why are we here? Where's Papa?". Because iSpeak Italian offers the ability to save what you've typed in, I could recall a statement and it would speak to her. She'd nod in understanding and we'd make our way to my Dad's room in the hospital where Mom could be with him. For 5 days we did this.

I was able to update her on his condition, let her know when we had to leave, and go eat, drink water, do other things that had to be done, all in her native language. Like walking around with a human translator in my back pocket! The cost? $1.99

Now, if you ask me what this was worth to me in this experience? PRICELESS. Life Saving. Stress Relieving.

Here's what the voice sounds like: (borrowed from FutureApps website)

So, here's where the call to investors and Apple comes in, and I know these guys have to be working on this.

This app will take text and turn it into translated text. It will take the translated text and speak it. What it will NOT do yet is to take the incoming responses from the person you are providing the translated text to, and intake that, translate it from Italian into English and speak it to you.

I really want that to happen. It may not happen in the time that my Mother remains on this Earth, but if there's something I could wish for, this would be it. I miss hearing her speaking English, and I was a damned fool to never learn to speak more than a few choice words in Italian. It now pains me to not be able to speak with my Mother. The compute power in the iPhone 4 and forthcoming products from Apple can accomplish this kind of speech synthesis. There just needs to be some funds I am sure to help in the development of that. That's what I would encourage investors looking for something viable to invest in...take a peek at the developers of these speech apps. They're working on tools that help mend boundaries instilled on us by life. It's a BIG deal.

This app is DocMurdock APPROVED & RECOMMENDED & Available on the AppStore. Search for iSpeak Italian
The app is made by: http://www.future-apps.net

Thanks for taking time to read.

Michael Murdock, CEO