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Company Offers Celebrity Voices for GPS Navigation Systems

Company Offers Celebrity Voices for GPS Navigation Systems



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(NBC News) -- If you know someone who is directionally challenged, that is, someone who gets lost all the time, how about having Mr. T scream directions at them while they're driving?

"Hey Fool, in 400 yards turn left! Ha Ha Ha."

Oh you'll turn when Mr. T's voice tells you to. And if you don't:

"Shut up and listen to me! Keep right!"

When it comes to GPS navigation, this is the newest twist.

A company called "Navtones" has done what many have always figured one day would happen, offer celebrity voices for your GPS systems, and in some cases, they really nag you.

"You've reached your, what is that? That's where you were going? Oh man, you wasted my time!"

In addition to Mr. T, Burt Reynolds, and Dennis Hopper are also available each for about 10 dollars. We tried it out in a unit called the TomTom Go 700, a very capable portable unit which lists for about 900 dollars. Maps for the whole country are stored on a hard drive and come pre-loaded.

"In .2 miles, turn left."

If you'd prefer to lose the sarcasm and spend less money, the new Navman Icn320 comes in with a suggested price of under 600 dollars. The screen is small but very clear. The Icn320 is meant to guide you mainly by voice with the visuals for a little added help.

Maps for the U.S. are preloaded on a small card and you never have to connect it to a computer. Nice and simple.

"Destination in .1 miles."

For those who want more, Navman also has one that has a touch screen for all the maps loaded on a hard drive, plus a helpful feature: Two buttons that will instantly tell you where the nearest gas station or parking lot is. Handy in a strange town. The Icn550 lists at around 800-dollars.

"Don't make me jump out of this machine, cause I will!"

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