Garmin "Personal Navigator" GPS System, 1998

Summary

Global positioning system (GPS) navigators use information from satellites to map the landscape. Though developed for military uses, by the late 1990s GPS units were available to civilians and were used mostly for recreation. Some affluent consumers bought popular GPS units like this Garmin III Plus for their cars--and found their perception of the auto landscape subtly changed.

Global positioning system (GPS) navigators use information from satellites to map the landscape. Though developed for military uses, by the late 1990s GPS units were available to civilians and were used mostly for recreation. Some affluent consumers bought popular GPS units like this Garmin III Plus for their cars--and found their perception of the auto landscape subtly changed.

Artifact

GPS receiver

Date Made

1998

Creators

Garmin Corporation 

Place of Creation

United States, Kansas, Olathe 

Taiwan 

Creator Notes

Made in Taiwan for Garmin Corporation, Olathe, Kansas.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

2011.167.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Blake D. Hayes.

Material

Plastic
Paper (Fiber product)

Dimensions

Width: 2.125 in  (receiver)

Length: 5 in  (receiver)

Depth: 1.5625 in  (receiver)

Height: 5.75 in  (box)

Width: 8.5 in  (box)

Depth: 2.75 in  (box)

Inscriptions

Impressed into side of receiver: GARMIN TM / GARMIN / OLATHE, KS, USA / MADE IN TAIWAN / PAT. PENDING Decal on receiver: GPS III / 40802392 / 011-00316-00 Buttons on receiver face: GPS III / QUIT / (image of red bulb) / GOTO / IN / OUT / PAGE / MENU / ENTER MARK Box side: PERSONAL NAVIGATOR / GARMIN / GPS III / POWERFUL / 12 PARALLEL CHANNEL / GPS RECEIVER / Box bottom: COPYRIGHT 1997 GARMIN CORPORATION / GARMIN INTERNATIONAL 1200 EAST 151ST STREET OLATHE, KANSAS 66062, U.S.A. / [...] / MADE IN TAIWAN

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