SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Clarion Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of mobile electronics, today announced the introduction of ClarionMiND, Clarion's next generation Mobile Internet Navigation Device. The ClarionMiND represents a revolutionary new product that combines connected personal GPS navigation and real-time Points of Interest (POI) with Internet based entertainment and full web browsing.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ — Clarion Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of mobile electronics, today announced the introduction of ClarionMiND, Clarion's next generation Mobile Internet Navigation Device. The ClarionMiND represents a revolutionary new product that combines connected personal GPS navigation and real-time Points of Interest (POI) with Internet based entertainment and full web browsing.
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ClarionMiND was initially shown as a concept product at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show. Just eight months later, Clarion Corporation of America is proud to debut the ClarionMiND in its sleek new form factor as well as compelling set of user-friendly features. ClarionMiND is based on the new Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor Z5xx series and is scheduled to begin shipment in the 4th quarter of 2008 in the U.S. market. ClarionMiND will provide an all- new portable device experience and enable users access to two-way connected navigation, high-speed Internet experiences, digital music and video playback, and many other innovative entertainment features. ClarionMiND will transform the way people connect to their electronic lives whether they are on the go or in their vehicles.
ClarionMiND provides Internet connectivity via WiFi at home, in the office, or via hot spots out and about in the city. The ClarionMiND also allows for Internet connectivity via Bluetooth when paired with a mobile phone for convenient service options. These connectivity features combine rich GPS navigation with full PC-like Internet browsing capabilities using its 800- pixel by 480-pixel touch screen. Other features include quick GPS maps, optimized MySpace and YouTube applications, all of which differentiate the ClarionMind from other similar products currently in the market.
The ClarionMiND's navigational capabilities include an optimized user interface as well as an in-car docking station for fully integrated on-board vehicle compatibility. The ClarionMiND can be set to Mobile Mode outside the car, or be switched to Automobile Mode for safe access behind the wheels. The Internet powered search function finds POIs online for a specific service or and transmits the destination to the ClarionMiND.
"ClarionMiND represents the next generation of portable navigation devices. It will deliver turn-by-turn directions, provide real-time POI, help you get there, and while you are there, finally give you the full Internet experience you always wanted but could never get on today's mobile devices," stated Adam Thomas, Clarion's Vice President of Marketing.
"The emerging Mobile Internet Device category delivers the best Internet experience across a range of market segments – information, entertainment, communication, and productivity — in pocketable devices," said Pankaj Kedia, director of Global Ecosystem Programs in Intel Corporation's Ultra Mobility Group. "ClarionMiND, is based on the new high performance low power Intel Atom processor, should deliver next generation real-time navigation and location services while bringing the rich Internet to MID users."
The ClarionMiND device can be seen in the Intel MID Community Booth as well as the MID Experience Zone during the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, August 19-21, 2008.
Specifications*: — 4.8 inch WVGA (800×480) LCD Display with Touch screen — Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor Z500 — 800MHz Clock Speed — 512MB DRAM — 4GB Flash Memory for Storage — WiFi — Bluetooth 2.0 EDR — GPS Antenna/Receiver — Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery — Amplifier — Speaker — Headphone Jack — 2 USB Port (Standard / Mini) — SD Card Slot (Micro SD) — Docking Station Connector Software Features*: — Linux OS 2.6.22 — GPS Navigation — Media Player — Internet Browser — Google Map / Earth Viewer — MySpace Viewer — YouTube Viewer — Email — PDF Viewer — Calculator — Control Panel — File Manager — News Reader (RSS) — Weather information
Clarion Corporation of America, headquartered in Cypress, California, is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Clarion Co. Ltd., which joined the Hitachi-group companies as a consolidated subsidiary in 2006. Clarion Corporation of America ranks among the top 150 North American OEM Suppliers and is recognized by an independent research firm for the highest customer satisfaction for 6CD radios in new vehicle's sold in the U.S. Clarion, an international leader in mobile electronics since 1940 conducts research, development, engineering, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of vehicle entertainment, navigation, rear vision, communications and security products for the automotive, marine and recreational vehicle environments. Clarion has over 10,000 employees worldwide and 12 factories in 10 countries, with marketing and sales affiliates in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Clarion is located on the Web at www.clarion.com.
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