Patent Number: 6,434,485

Title: GPS device with compass and altimeter and method for displaying navigation information

Abstract: A portable, handheld electronic navigation device includes an altimeter, a compass, and a GPS unit. An internal memory stores cartographic data, for displaying the cartographic data on a display of the navigation device. Accordingly, the device is capable of displaying cartographic data surrounding a location of the unit as determined by GPS, heading information as determined by the compass, and altitude information as determined by the altimeter. Additionally, through operation of an input, a user can cause the display to move, and thus display additional cartographic information, in the direction of the compass heading even when the user of the device is standing still. Furthermore, through utilization of a clock, such as the GPS clock, a user can determine altitude changes over time. Also, the altimeter of the navigation may be calibrated with altitude information entered by a user, with altitude information obtained from the cartographic or with altitude information derived from GPS.

Inventors: Beason; Lawrence W. (Olathe, KS), Laverick; David J. (Overland Park, KS), Olivier; Tracy (Olathe, KS), Burgett; Scott (Overland Park, KS)

Assignee: Garmin Corporation

International Classification: G01C 21/20 (20060101); G01C 021/00 ()

Expiration Date: 08/13/2019