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Ev


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I think my family has that one too.^

It got us to Boston safe and sound . You gotta put it on the British lady to get the full effect lol.

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Heh. The British one is hilarious. And you can add-on Simpson voices and other celeb voices. Pretty hilarious stuff.

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shabbs wrote:Heh. The British one is hilarious. And you can add-on Simpson voices and other celeb voices. Pretty hilarious stuff.

So you can have Homer Simpson yell 'DOH !" if you miss your turn ? Laugh1

That'd be priceless to have.

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I just looked some up on the Garmin site. You can get SpongeBob, Dora, a squirrel, and a yeti...haha.

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Just make sure the voices are TTS (Text To Speech) compatible or else they won't say street names etc...

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shabbs wrote:Just make sure the voices are TTS (Text To Speech) compatible or else they won't say street names etc...

Can I get Herve Villechaize? (Ze turn! Ze turn!)


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I have the Tom Tom and I guess it doesn't have TTS because it never says the street names. I can't complain though since it was a gift.


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wprager wrote:
shabbs wrote:Just make sure the voices are TTS (Text To Speech) compatible or else they won't say street names etc...

Can I get Herve Villechaize? (Ze turn! Ze turn!)


I want a Gilbert Gottfried.

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Cap'n Clutch wrote:I have the Tom Tom and I guess it doesn't have TTS because it never says the street names. I can't complain though since it was a gift.
What model do you have?

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How do you adjust routes on the 265 (I figure it would be the same as the 255). I'm taking my kid to the Carleton Ice House for practice, so I figured I'd have a little fun with the GPS. Entered the address given (1125 Colonel By) and it generated a route that takes me to Baseline and then comes up Colonel By. I prefer the 417 to Bronson route. I tapped the 417 on the map, added it as a "Via Point" and it changed the route to continue along the 417, take Preston exit, to Prince of Wales down to Heron, then up Colonel By again -- instead of taking Bronson. And, of course, it zoomed back in to my departure point, so I had to zoom out and pan a few times again, to try and add more Via Points to correct the route.

So how do I (more easily) alter the route? Also, the 1125 Colonel By point on the map is not really the Ice House. Is there a way to alter the destination a bit?

I feel like this is all wrong. Would be easier to do the route changes in Google Maps (since I've done that many times) and then download it?


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Bump

OK, so I found the additional voices: http://www8.garmin.com/vehicles/voices/

But these are the only ones I've found so far -- Sponge Bob, Dora the Explorer, and a few others. No Simpsons. Are there other voices out there that I just haven't found yet?

Also found a program that lets you change your voice file. Haven't downloaded or tried using it yet, but apparently you can change the phrases used in specific instances -- for example, you could get rid of the "Recalculating" and change it to "Doh!" -- now if you can get Homer voice on top of that, peeerfect:

http://forums.gpsreview.net/viewtopic.php?t=7824


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The TTS stuff is a bit funny. I was driving around the West Island area of Montreal yesterday and the unit pronounced "Brunswick" with a French accent (well, stressing the "wick" syllable, making it sound like a French accent, at least). Then when I had to get onto HWY 20 going West, the map has it listed as "AUT 20 O" ('O' for 'Ouest) -- the unit pronounced it as "Owe tee twenty owe". I knew where I was going and only had it on for fun. Someone not familiar with French could have a bit of a problem, though.

Stupid map. My language is set to English, why would the map be in French?


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Are you still thinking of getting a GPS or did you get one? Can we change the title now?


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Cap'n Clutch wrote:Are you still thinking of getting a GPS or did you get one? Can we change the title now?

It's earlier in the thread -- got one. No need to change the thread title, though. Others could be "thinking of getting a GPS", right?


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http://www.ottawasun.com/news/weird/2011/01/24/17010436.html

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Cap'n Clutch wrote:http://www.ottawasun.com/news/weird/2011/01/24/17010436.html

Laughing3

Can't embed this one, but it's great:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yyKrS8jwSY


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wprager wrote: Bump

OK, so I found the additional voices: http://www8.garmin.com/vehicles/voices/

But these are the only ones I've found so far -- Sponge Bob, Dora the Explorer, and a few others. No Simpsons. Are there other voices out there that I just haven't found yet?

Also found a program that lets you change your voice file. Haven't downloaded or tried using it yet, but apparently you can change the phrases used in specific instances -- for example, you could get rid of the "Recalculating" and change it to "Doh!" -- now if you can get Homer voice on top of that, peeerfect:

http://forums.gpsreview.net/viewtopic.php?t=7824

The Tomtom has a few really great voices, most notably John Cleese. I grew up watching Fawlty Towers, A Fish Called Wanda, and of course Monty Python. The man is hilarious, has incredible delivery. His twitter is really funny too.

They have a few other pretty funny voices, also have Homer Simpson, Mr Burns, KITT from Knight Rider, Snoop Dogg, Billy Connolly, Darth Vader, C3PO, Yosemite Sam, Daffy Duck, and Yoda, among others.

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You grew up in 12 episodes? Impressive!


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