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Dual Readies Bluetooth GPS Add-On

1/04/2011 03:04:00 AM Eastern

Las
Vegas - Dual is coming to CES with its first universal Bluetooth-equipped GPS
receiver designed to add GPS to tablets, iPod Touches and other portable
devices lacking built-in GPS.

The
battery-powered XGPS150 Universal Bluetooth GPS receiver can also be
used to improve the GPS accuracy of devices with built-in Bluetooth, the
company said.

Bluetooth-connected
devices must support the Bluetooth SPP (serial port profile).

"This product works with many
devices: iPod touch, iPad, iPhone and other Bluetooth-enabled smart phones and
tablets," said marketing director Joanna Lukins. "There are many companies out
there who provide navigation apps for these devices, and the XGPS150 works with
pretty much any app." In addition, the GPS receiver "will work with most
GPS-aware apps, not just apps for in-car navigation." As a result, consumers
can use an iPod Touch as a golf range finder, use an iPad for boat navigation
with chart-plotting apps), use an iPod touch or iPhone with apps for
geocaching, and the like.

"To our knowledge, it is the
first universal GPS receiver on the market that works with Apple products as
well as other, non-Apple devices," she added.

It will ship in early 2011.
Pricing was unavailable.

The company already offers
GPS-equipped cradles intended only for use with the iPod Touch to add
navigation capabilities in a car.

The new
universal product measures about 2 inches by 2 inches by 0.75 inches.

The WAAS-compatible device, due
in early 2011, can also be used to improve the accuracy of the GPS receivers and
Wi-Fi-based location functions of other smartphones, the company said. The
device is accurate to about 10 feet, the company said. Pricing was unavailable.

The receiver works with
Bluetooth-connected devices up to 65 feet away, and for in-car use, it ships
with non-slip pad for placement on a dash or console. An adjustable armband is
also included for outdoors and fitness applications. The XGPS150 also comes
with a mini USB to USB cable and 12-volt cigarette-lighter adapter.

The XGPS150 is compatible with
all iPad, iPod touch and iPhone devices with OS3.1 or above and with other
smart phones, tablets and laptops that support Bluetooth SPP (Serial Port
Protocol).

The rechargeable battery powers
the GPS for at least 8 hours of continuous use. The battery recharges via a USB
connection within 2.5 hours. The auto power-off feature saves battery when GPS
is not in use.

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