Dual Readies Bluetooth GPS Add-On

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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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