Entertain your kids with the navigation system

Nokia N95 running TomTom Navigator

Our four year old son has been very interested in the navigation system I am running while we’re out driving. He leans over to follow it closely and it’s actually great entertainment for a little boy that sometimes finds it boring to drive for hours…

I am running TomTom Navigator on my Nokia N95. I have tried a lot of different navigation systems and TomTom is by far the best one. Everything else I’ve tried looks and handles ridiculous in comparison. A quick disclaimer here is the fact that I think It’s so amazingly good that I’ve even bought a tiny bit of shares in TomTom.

Because the N95 is equiped with video out it was fairly easy to enhance the entertainment effect of my navigation system. The video output can be used for more than utterly stupid experiments.

I simply connected it to my son’s small DVD screen. Wow! Seven inches of pure joy for the small ones in the back. Changing view, colors and the language of the navigation voice keeps them happy.

Running the navigation system for the kids

You need a Nokia with video out, a navigation system running on your nokia, a DVD system or screen for the kids with video in and a couple of cables. And some slightly geeky kids.

Nokia Video Cable
The Nokia video cable (no, you can’t use any A/V-cable)

Video Cable
The video and audio input cable for the screen.

RCA
RCA connectors to splice the two.

Connected
And there you are…

Entertain your kids with the navigation system

32 thoughts on “Entertain your kids with the navigation system

  1. hans says:

    congrats on the tomtom shares. I hope you bought *before* the recent run-up :) Their takeover of Tele Atlas will make thing very, very interesting in the gps world.

  2. eirikso says:

    It’s not enough to make me rich no matter what happens, but I bought them two years ago. Simply because I think these guys are extremely clever at making navigation systems. But it has also been a good investment! Especially with the latest run-up.

  3. Florian says:

    Hi,

    Can you give me the product reference of your Nokia holder ? I didn’t found one that could let the phone horizontal or not be one the *pare-brise* (sorry don’t know the word for the glass in front of you when you drive :D)

    Thanks,

    FLorian

  4. eirikso says:

    The mount I use for my N95 is a magnetic one. A small piece of metal on the phone and a powerful magnet on the dashboard.

    I’ll see if I can snap an image and post it here to give you a better view of how it works.

  5. eirikso says:

    With TomTom I am using an external bluetooth GPS. Unfortunately they haven’t updated their software to support the built in GPS in the N95. But I can check with another software to see how the built in GPS will behave with the keypad closed and the phone on the dashboard.

  6. Ken says:

    hmm.. I guess “eirikso” beat me to it, I was gonna ask the same thing too, the holder for the phone looks so clean and neat, I’m still waiting for some pictures like you said… or are they in a different thread?

  7. Entertain Your Kids With N95 Mod…

    Blogger Eirik Solheim writes about how he used a Nokia N95 to entertain his kids in the car:
    I simply connected it to my son’s small DVD screen. Wow! Seven inches of pure joy for the small ones in the back. Changing view, colors and the language of …

  8. […] This parent shared how he hooked up his GPS service with his kid’s DVD player. He uses TomTom Navigator and a Nokia N95. However, I’m pretty sure any cell phone compatible GPS service would work just as well, and any cell phone with a video out will work too. […]

  9. eirikso says:

    …and by the way. I don’t remember the exact name of the mount, but they have several types of it and I’ve seen it in most stores selling mobile phones here in Norway.

  10. eirikso says:

    I’m sorry for the delay. I did some tests and the built in GPS works when the keypad is closed. However, my tests indicated that the reception is better when the keypad is open.

  11. Chris says:

    Hi! Is the tomtom navigator working with the built-in gps receiver in N95 ? If so, wich version of tomtom do you have installed ? Would be nice of you put together a guide on how to do so. Great website btw! Greets from norway

  12. eirikso says:

    Unfortunately I haven’t managed to use the built in GPS with TomTom on my N95 yet. Still using bluetooth. I am awaiting the next version…

  13. Hmmm, Do your kids actually like watching the map of where there going over a movie?

    I can see this for making the screen bigger for ease of navigation, but entraining kids… Not my friends kids, thats for sure.

    -Brad

  14. I guess my kids are more geeky than average…

    But I understand what you mean. A combination is the best. Movies and the map in between all the other entertainment.

  15. Tried this on a weekend trip last week, and i must say, it worked wonders !!!
    The only thing…
    Even after a 2 1/2 hour drive,The kids didn`t want to get out of the car!
    Thanks for making our family travels more interesting !

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