About Garmin - GPS & Sat Nav
Founded by Gary Burrell and Min Kao in 1989, Garmin produces GPS technologies for the consumer, aviation, outdoor, sports and marine industries. Beginning life as a supplier of Global Positioning System hardware to the US military, the firm soon began to branch out into consumer applications. Garmin design and manufacture a variety of different hardware and software products, from simple Satellite Navigation systems for road users to more complex GPS utilities for the aviation and marine sectors.
Its first product, the GPS 100, was a panel-mounted receiver aimed primarily at the marine market, and initially went on sale in 1990. Garmin's handheld GPS receiver (a device which initially proved popular with military personnel serving during the 1991 Gulf War) is popular amongst runners, hikers and walkers. Similar wrist-worn devices produced by the firm are also highly regarded amongst the same groups, particularly sports enthusiasts.
Garmin's series of in-car Sat-Nav devices are popular with casual road users, logistics workers and taxi drivers, as many devices feature large screens offering clear, concise destination directions, which are particularly useful for drivers visiting areas they are unfamiliar with. Some Garmin Sat-Nav devices also possess the capability to inform drivers of any upcoming traffic issues, as information is relayed to and from the device in real-time. Other models rely on regular mapping updates which are downloaded to a computer and then transferred over to the device via USB. Garmin also produces a series of Sat-Nav systems specifically for motorcyclists, with models designed for easy access on the road.