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TomTom? Meet HomerHomer

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 18th 2009 12:04PM
Homer Simpson on your TomTomGadgets have always fascinated me. And it's not because of what you can do with them. It's what you CAN'T do with them. The day my microwave can cook my dinner, then feed it to me while it's cleaning my toilet, de-crumbing the toaster, and doing my taxes is the day my interest in gadgets dies.

The most impressive aspects of gadgetry are how much you can customize them to fit your taste and personality. Just a few years ago, having a Dilbert screen saver that didn't send your hard drive into an epileptic fit was the epitome of "personal" computing.

Now you can change the way it looks from every angle, the way it thinks, and even the way it talks. TomTom unveiled a new voice skin for their GPS devices. Now Homer Simpson, the actual voice of Homer Simpson voiced by Dan Castellanetta, can guide you to locations and it doesn't have to be a dispensery of donuts.

Your GPS speaks directions like it normally would, but with a lot more "Woo-hoos" and big, dumb laughs that make Homer the loveable lug he is. Of course, it isn't known just how much loveability he stands to lose when his voice accidentally leads drivers the wrong way down a one-way highway or smack dab into the middle of downtown Tehran.

The funny part is that Homer is not the first television celebrity to get their own GPS voice skin. NavTones.com has a Russian bread line-long list of movie and television stars who have lent their voice to download to your GPS, and before you ask, no, Tootie is not available ... yet.

Stars like Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall has recorded a GPS voice skin. It also comes with a built-in directional feature that allows the driver to go both ways. (Click here for the appropriate response to this joke.)

Actor Gary Busey has also recorded his own GPS voice skin, because driving isn't scary enough.

Even KITT from TV's Knight Rider not only has his own GPS voice skin, but his own officially branded GPS device. It's the perfect gift for the guy in your life who never wants to go on a second date ever again.

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Paul

Hey, if TV Squad gets rid of Danny Gallagher, I'll take him for MY site!

I enjoy a large percentage of his posts, and see nothing wrong with his writing compared to the others on this site.

June 18 2009 at 6:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
High Dog

I'm a big fan of the Mr. T voice they do. I think they must be partners with Navtones as this is where I got my Mr. T and Kim Cattrall voice from but you can also get them from TomTom.

Navtones website says they have the KITT voice coming too. Now that will be cool!

Homer vs Mr. T, I like them both but i think Mr. T edges it!

June 18 2009 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
StillBash

Bought it yesterday. It's hilarious :-)

June 18 2009 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richie

When will TVSquad get rid of Danny Gallagher? Seriously, no offense to him, but he writes like a high schooler. Most of the other writers on this site are pretty good which just makes Danny's lack of writing ability that much more apparent.

June 18 2009 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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