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I reBlogged this over on Eyebeam’s reBlog site, but I want to capture it here on the research toaster’s idea notebook.
Forget about that generic voice that came with your
GPS. If you want your directions to be delivered with attitude, why not have Mr. T show you the way? Or, for that â€œEasy Riderâ€? experience, let Dennis Hopper rev you up. The two are just some of the
celebrities whose voices are being digitized as downloadable â€œnavtonesâ€? for use with GPS systems. Developer Wanderlust
Media is a little vague on which GPS systems support the custom voices, requesting that potential customers help out by
â€œclicking your navigation manufacturer and sending them a quick note as to why your system deserves special attention.â€?
Weâ€™ll hold off on an endorsement until we find out more â€” though we do think we might actually get lost a little less
often with Mr. T shouting at us to â€œpay attention to what Iâ€™m saying! You gonna get the directions â€¦ you gonna be there
safely, or else!â€?
Why do I blog this? Whether or not this enterprise is on the up-and-up, having our personal, portable, mobile, pocketable devices have some character and sensibility is an enticing proposition. If the market for ringtones, call-back tones, and sticker-laden laptops and cellyphones is any indication, we want more personality for our devices. It seems to me that, beyond just telling you when you missed your turn, this intimates a richer kind of location-awareness experience, perhaps coupled with story telling, education or other possibilities.