Bushnell ONIX 400 combines maps, GPS navigation and XM satellite radio


The GPS systems of the future are on their way, and here's a good example: this little Bushnell ONIX 400 handheld unit packs more gadget-per-square-inch than anything we've seen lately. It's an XM satellite radio to begin with, and thanks to its GPS location device inside, it can help you navigate in both cities or in the wilderness, but goes far beyond that.

Because it knows exactly where you are, it can give you real-time satellite weather reports that are extremely localized, showing you what the weather is and will be right where you're standing. Its 3.5-inch 320x240 screen shows you what song is playing on the XM radio station you're listening to while it also displays real time weather data, including Doppler radar feeds layered on top of aerial photos and topography maps.

The Bushnell ONIX 400 is a good example of the next generation of GPS, where data becomes more personalized, and maps are combined with your exact location to give you a better idea of the surrounding weather and terrain. We eagerly anticipate its release this summer, at a price of around $500.

Orbitcast, via PopSci