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They Invented What? (No. 131)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on March 12, 2009

U.S. Pub. Appl. No. 2008/0172175: Funny/humorous/abusive GPS system or navigation system.


GPS or navigation system is a gadget which with the help of a satellite guides you when you are driving a vehicle and gets you to your desired destination. When this gadget is turned on, it can locate where you are. When the address of the destination is entered in this little, computer operated machine, the driver can either look at the street map shown on its screen or can also turn on voice (audio) guided directions in addition. These directions are usually given very politely in a woman’s voice, some cases could be a man’s voice too. With my invention, there will be an extra feature added to the existing GPS systems. The drivers will be able to turn on or off this feature. Funny phrases like “YOU STUPID” OR “YOU SILLY” OR “YOU DUMMY” will be added in the audio system while giving directions. The voice will gently scold or admonish the driver in case the driver was unable to follow directions. It will also appreciate the driver for being able to follow directions given by the voice. This feature can be added to all the navigation devices throughout the world and in all different languages. This kind of feature can act as a mood enhancer or mood up-lifter for drivers and passengers in a vehicle and can add a little spice to the journey.


1. I claim that the funny features I am proposing for the voice generated directions, can be added to the existing GPS or navigation systems world-wide. A stand-alone machine can also be built with these funny features. The spicy funny phrases as described in the detailed description of the invention can be added in hundreds of different languages for use in various countries. My invention will certainly enhance the existing navigation systems. The features I am proposing are not part of any existing GPS or navigation system at present. These features will bring into life NEW AND IMPROVED GPS SYSTEM. Listening to funny or gentle admonishes will certainly add a little spice in the life of travelers, drivers and passengers and the navigation system can act as a mood enhancer. In the ABUSIVE GPS feature, the travelers could also have fun listening to harsh admonishes or abusive phrases like four letter words.

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  1. Chuck said, on March 13, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I already have this feature. It’s called my wife !

    “Turn here, you dummy.”

  2. Jake Ward said, on March 7, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Reblogged this on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog.

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