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SPOT Device Turns iPad, iPhone Into Satellite Communicator

Covington, La. – Globalstar


launched a
shirt-pocket-size device that turns an iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad into an
emergency communicator that transmits emergency text messages and GPS
coordinates via satellite.

The $169-suggested SPOT
Connect, intended for use with a free app downloaded from iTunes, is intended
for outdoor adventurers or anyone else whose travels takes them out of cellular
coverage range. It requires a SPOT satellite subscription starting at $99/year.

The 3 inch by 2.6 inch by 1.2
inch device connects to the Apple devices via Bluetooth. On the Apple devices,
users compose custom messages or select canned messages. The messages are
transmitted from the Apple devices via Bluetooth to SPOT Connect, which in turn
sends the messages via Globalstar’s satellite network to a user’s contacts or
to a worldwide emergency response center. Messages can be sent to contacts’
email addresses or cellphone text-messaging in-boxes.

Along with messages, SPOT
Connect sends the user’s GPS coordinates, date, time stamp and a link to Google

Users can store up to 14
predefined messages and 10 personal contact groups consisting of up to 50
contacts each. Users can also send location-based messages to Facebook and

The device runs on two AA

SPOT offers a variety of
other GPS-equipped emergency communicators that tap into the Globalstar
satellite network, but most of those models send only canned messages. A $449
product that allows for custom messages consists of a ruggedized DeLorme
handheld GPS with keyboard and a Bluetooth-connected satellite transmitter.

 SPOT Connect is available at retail locations
in North America and from online sites specializing in GPS, outdoor recreation
and personal electronics.

 SPOT Connect is compatible with iPhone 4,
iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPod touch (2nd, 3rd and 4th generation), iPad and iPad