Thomson finds sat-nav, adds new media players

Thomson, the company that made TiVo and half the nation’s Sky boxes, is driving into the sat-nav race.The company reckons portable sat-navs now have m

Thomson, the company that made TiVo and half the nation’s Sky boxes, is driving into the sat-nav race.

The company reckons portable sat-navs now have mass acceptance – no, really? –  and that it’s time to move beyond ‘practical devices… designed for professionals and not… adapted for the general population as far as design and interface.’ Sounds like no one at Thomson has used a TomTom.

The Thomson answer is no-frills sat-navs. Two models are on the way – the GPS 420 pictured here, designed for in-car use with a 4.2in 16:9 format touchscreen - and the far smaller GPS 280, with a 2.8in display. The latter’s designed for use in-car or on foot, with a screen that can be used horizontally or vertically.

Prices, launch dates and hard facts are thin on the ground at the moment; we’ll come back to you when we have more.

At a trip to Thomson’s HQ this week, Stuff also saw the Black Diamond – bottom left, it’s a slightly cheesy-looking hard disk MP3 player – and the Scenium X3030 far right, a 30GB video and music player with no discernible advantages over the AV500 and 700 from French rival Archos.

We’ve saved the best for last: Thomson’s even pledging to help new parents everywhere with its new washable and magnetic remote control. Again, there’s currently no launch date for now.