Socket Launches Bluetooth GPS Receiver
Socket Communications has announced the availability of its Bluetooth GPS Receiver, the first stand-alone wireless Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver for Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices supporting virtual COM ports. The Receiver is small and lightweight for optimum portability and allows anyone with a Bluetooth-enabled handheld computer to wirelessly receive GPS location signals within 30 feet of the Receiver. It works with a number of popular GPS map programs including Destinator, Mapopolis, Pharos and TeletypeGPS.
"Before now, adding GPS capabilities to a Pocket PC meant using an obtrusive receiver or troubling with messy cables and external antennas reducing the portability of your Pocket PC," said John Doub, director, External Bluetooth Products for Socket. "Our Bluetooth GPS Receiver provides a wireless connection to your Pocket PC, eliminating all of these inconveniences."
GPS requires clear line-of-site access to the sky. The Socket Bluetooth GPS Receiver provides 12-channel all-in-view tracking of satellites, position accuracy of 10 meters, and it supports the NMEA-0183 (v2.20) standard at 38,400 bps baud rate. It is Bluetooth 1.1 (Class 2) certified and is compatible with any Bluetooth device with a Serial Port Profile, inclusing Palm OS devices. The rechargeable embedded lithium-ion battery lasts for six hours of continuous use, or the Receiver may be plugged into the car lighter for use or recharging.
Pricing and Availability
Socket's Bluetooth GPS Receiver will be available in December through Sockets website (www.socketcom.com) and through Sockets worldwide distribution channels for a suggested retail price of U.S. $449. The Receiver comes with a three-year warranty.
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