The face behind the GPS voice

Submitted: Friday, May 22, 2009 at 20:38
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Queenslander Karen Jacobsen from Mackay is the girl behind the voice in Garmin GPS , Now based in New York,
Most of us will know her voice from kindly telling us where to go As the voice of “Australian-English Karen” in Garmin GPS products.
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 20:42

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 20:42
Get your GPOZ Newsletter Doug?
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 23:22

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 23:22
The voice of Karen - never wondered if Karen is real? Well she is, click here to see Karen in real life.

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Reply By: get outmore - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 20:43

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 20:43
yea right obviosly owning a garmin thats how i picture her
however I think the reality is closer to the girls on the other end of the 1900 numbers i call
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 20:44

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 20:44
I call her Gloria.

Gloria Garmin.

It's good to put a face to a name. A beautiful face at that.

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 21:33

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 21:33
Karen also on my Navman S80

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 21:55

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 21:55
Seems that certain Members think that every one who owns a Garmin must get a GPS-Oz Newsletter,
The reason for the post is for the people who do not get GPS-Oz newsletters.

GASP..................?????

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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:14

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:14
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:18

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:18
You will not provoke me into an heated debate with you over trivial matters.

Go bury your head in the sand ,
No further comment on the subject will be taken.

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Reply By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:50

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:50
Guys
She's a smart looking lady, BUT i can't come to grips with the late news, she was interviewed on Sunrise at least six weeks ago, where have all you north islander been, asleep????
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Reply By:- Friday, May 22, 2009 at 23:58

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 23:58
Karen may be smart and is obviously pretty but neither she nor any of the other faceless voices on my Garmin can pronounce several prominent street names properly. Its the one thing that Tom Tom does much better.

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Pearcedale Rd (Common pronunciatioon Piercedale Rd) sounds like as Pursedale Rd
Heatherton Rd (Common pronunciatioon Hetherton Rd) sounds like Heeetherton Rd.

I could go on. I'm waiting for an upgrade in the TTS because its starting to annoy me.

WBS
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 06:54

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 06:54
Agree ... I like her pronunciation of "recalculating", and also a street I take on my way home that she pronounces "Rejum Road", when it is "Redgum Road".

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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 08:21

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 08:21
Had you latecomers seen her TV interview you would know why.
She said all these directions are made up of soundbits and each syllable was spoken individually and the computer then puts them together to form a word.
Have a listen to Larapinta drive on a Tomtom.
Sounds like they are gargling.
Incidentally she also said it took approx 50 hours to do all the sounds needed.
Personally I prefer the male voice.


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Reply By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 12:35

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 12:35
Hahaha thats funny...We have a very close relationship with Karen...the missus will only allow her on the Garmin.

Maybe that will change if I show her the picture lol, we will be listening to the guy from now on haha

I live in a Rise and the abbreviation is RI....in TTS its Rhode Island not rise....along with a few other funny ones, its a small price to pay for a top function!

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Reply By: V64Runner - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 13:47

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 13:47
She sure beats the hell out of that irritating female yank on my Magellan Crossover. Cant complain as it was a gift with all the right intentions, and I`m ever so grateful ,as it was the thought that counted, but geez I wish there was alternative voice instead of this mono tone voice that sats "calculating rout" instead of calcualting root" . Personally I wouldnt buy a cross over as I dont need the marine, photo or music features - just want to know how to get there, how I got there and where does this track take me, and to be able to store it in the memory for future reference, and how close I am to the location where I want to park my vehicle. Good for getting around the city etc , but not that great in the country - too many distractions built in to the system
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 14:10

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 14:10
Why dont you change the voice then Most have a selection and you can d/load more for some quality sets.

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Reply By: V64Runner - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 15:42

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 15:42
I rang the agents for Magellan in Perth and spoke to them about it. Sadly there is nothing you can do - except shoot her. However there is a bright side. I got a phone call from the agents and they are holding a two and half hour "workshop'' for numb nuts like me that have problems working out the tracks side of the GPS and loading way points and speed cameras etc. Hopefully they will have some new soft ware that we can install and get some very posh voice that talks ever so british, that it will be a pleasure to listen to, other wise E-bay or the insurance company is looking good if after the workshop at the end of June is a flop
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 15:44

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 15:44
Used our trusty 7200 in Wales and Karen did very well with some very awkward names.

Alan
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 17:11

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 17:11
Ah but did all the consonants come with a spray of spit? ;-}
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Follow Up By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 18:52

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 18:52
I wondered why rust developed on the Garmin!!!!!
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