New Bluetooth GPS Products on the Way
Two manufacturers have announced new GPS receivers that are compatible with Palm OS devices. The Global Position Satellite receivers can operate via third party serial cables or wirelessly via Bluetooth.
DeLorme has released a new matchbox sized GPS receiver. The unit is WAAS enabled for greater GPS accuracy. With the device's removable cabling it will work with many models of PalmOS handhelds in conjunction with third-party serial cables. Because it lacks a built in power source, it requires power from the host device. It is 1 7/8" wide by 2 3/32" long by x 13/16" deep.
Before the end of the summer DeLorme expects to ship an add-on combination Bluetooth powerpack. This will allow the device to be used wirelessly with a Bluetooth-enabled handheld computer or laptop.
The DeLorme Earthmate will be available by the end of May, pricing starts at $99 USD.
TomTom Wireless GPS receiver
The recently announced TomTom Navigator 2 Wireless is the smallest and lightest GPS device currently on the market. It uses Bluetooth for wire-free operation. It is powered by a rechargeable battery, which according to the manufacturer will last five hours of continuos operation.
It will be available as a standalone product in June and is compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device, which then can be used in combination with GPS enabled software.
Socket Communications has also had a Bluetooth GPS receiver on the market since December. The Socket Bluetooth GPS Receiver provides 12-channel all-in-view tracking of satellites, a rechargable Lithium-ion battery with up to 6 hrs battery life and 12 channel all-in-view satellite tracking. It sells for $399.
Thanks to Craig Simpson for the tip.
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