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What's that they say about finding a niche? Expresso has done just that with its AG1 Navigation unit, which delivers all the info you could want for "the freeway, family entertainment and the fairway." It's the first GPS and golf "handheld" that's also a portable media player. That's a lotta action, luckily it comes with its own video tutorials to show you the way to navigate the device itself.

Developed in cahoots with NAVIGON and iGolf, the AG1 offers turn-by-turn and text-to-speech directions, lane assist, a movie and music player, info on more than 20,000 golf courses via iGolf, with shot distance measurements and hazard details all on an HD screen, stereo speakers, dual-SD card slots and 50-state approval. It also boasts battery life lengthy enough to watch a movie on a flight from New York to LA and still get you guided to your hotel. We'd say "But wait, there's more!", but you can read that in the press release and accompanying video after the jump.

[Source: Expresso]





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Expresso Launches World's First Automotive & Golf Handheld GPS with Portable Media Player

Expresso Partners With GPS Software Industry Leaders NAVIGON and iGolf To Launch Unique New Portable Navigation Device

La Porte, IN (PRWEB) July 1, 2010 -- Expresso Satellite Navigation, Ltd. is excited to announce the release of the AG1, the world's first portable navigation device featuring automotive and golf GPS in addition to a fully functional Portable Media Player.

Partnering with NAVIGON and iGolf, two well-established brands in the GPS marketplace, Expresso is proud to deliver the AG1 with an exciting array of cutting-edge features including: NAVIGON turn-byturn directions on the road, iGolf rangefinder, portable media player, wide Mobile HD touch screen, dual stereo speakers, automatic portrait and landscape switching, dual SD card slots, articulating screen, 533 MHz Samsung Processor, and 5-way mounting capabilities that will easily adapt to your needs.

"With collaborations between multiple GPS industry-leaders along with thousands of hours spent in intensive R&D, Expresso is excited that the AG1 has created an entirely new category of portable navigation products," said Mike Aroney, Managing Director of Expresso Satellite Navigation, Ltd. "With a unique patented form factor that is truly portable coupled with the functionality of a golf rangefinder, an automotive GPS, and a portable media player all-in-one, our goal was to create a very light pocketsized device with numerous built-in mounting capabilities and a battery capacity of over 500 miles of navigation."

Responsible for the automotive navigation portion of the device, NAVIGON has contributed their award winning easy to use GPS software, allowing for an unrivaled assortment of features combined with North America's leading map database from NAVTEQ. In charge of the golf course rangefinder included in the Expresso AG1, iGolf is a pioneer in the golf GPS industry, with a database of more than 33,000 courses worldwide and gorgeous full color course displays that have been relied upon by golfers worldwide since 2003.

The unified vehicle mounting system incorporated into the AG1 eliminates the need for bulky accessories such as bean bag dash mounts and suction cup windshield mounts that can create unsightly blind spots. Feel comfortable knowing you can mount the AG1 safely in most vehicles and be on the road in less than 5 seconds, and you are legal in all 50 US states including California and Minnesota.

EXPRESSO, the software you love with innovative designs that adapt to your life!

About Expresso
Expresso Satellite Navigation, Ltd. Is the world's first maker of portable GPS Navigation devices created specifically for the "active lifestyle" consumer. With a product lineup consisting entirely of Multi-Use and Crossover Navigation Devices (CND's), Expresso has employed a team of more than 50 top-level engineers to create an entirely new category of GPS products. In addition to utilizing the industry's most award winning automotive navigation software, Expresso has partnered with a number of leading developers in outdoor navigation and multimedia. For more information, visit http://www.expressogps.com.

About NAVIGON
NAVIGON AG is one of the world's leading innovators of high-quality navigation devices standing for outstanding technology in attractive lines. Besides, the company offers GPS software solutions for well-known electronic brands as well as automotive software components for outstanding navigation systems. Founded in 1991, NAVIGON employs a total staff of more than 400 and is represented by its own offices in Asia, Europe and North America. – NAVIGON. And the world is yours.

About iGolf
Since 2003, iGolf, operated by L1 Technologies, has developed enterprise level and direct to consumer GPS software, products and services for the golf industry. Thousands of golfers rely on iGolf Mobile applications, Powered by iGolf partner products and iGolf.com every day to provide GPS data and listings for more than 33,000 courses worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.igolf.com.