Business travelers looking for an alternative to smartphones now have another option, as Glacier Computers, a developer of rugged industrial computers, has announced that it is bringing out a new handheld line of computers. The M3 Mobile Series are designed around the company’s Everest Series of vehicle-mounted computers, and include board-level ruggedization. So while they’re meant for all sorts of users from main street to Wall Street, these will also survive a fall on the street too!
The M3 models have been drop tested from five feet and sealed to an IP 65 rating so you don’t need to worry about rain on your parade either. The company has seen a documented failure rate of less than 2 percent, so these handheld computers could be good for the business road warrior, or maybe even Mad Max, the original Road Warrior!
Navigon Updates Navigation App
This week, Navigon submitted the 1.4.0 update for its iPhone navigation App. This free update would expand the features for the iPhone app, including 13 new and sought after features such as an enhanced pedestrian mode, a simple destination search via Google Local Search and even the option to enter geographical coordinates as a destination, with the ability to e-mail your specific coordinates to other iPhone users.
The pedestrian mode is ideal for anyone who is on foot, especially as many GPS devices and apps assume you’re going to get there by driving. It even uses the digital compass that is built into the iPhone 3G S, and the map automatically moves with you so you can find it easy to recognize the direction you’re heading! That’s a feature I like a lot, since I’m good at reading a map but I find I usually need to turn to align the directions, so this one does it one better and turns to my perspective instead, and more importantly does so automatically.
I’m still waiting to hear when this update will be available, so check back soon for the news. The kind folks at Navigon say it should be soon.
Mobile Business Travel Apps of the Week:
Let’s face it, there are times when you’re heading to a business meeting and you just have to use the bathroom, and that’s not the best way to make a first impression. Of course, finding a bathroom – with emphasis on clean – can be a challenge in many big cities. Fortunately, there are two such apps that should help.
SitOrSquat – is a free iPhone app that offers directions to nearby restrooms in several major cities. It even gives star ratings, plus photos that were uploaded by users – and when I say photos, I do mean just of the locations!
Where To Wee – also available for the iPhone for a fee ($2.99); Where To Wee offers much of the same information but is a bit more user-friendly. It has a flashier design and some cute features, but otherwise includes much of the same information.
Check back every Wednesday for the latest information to for mobile road warriors and business travelers.