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Garmin builds Bluetooth GPS sensor for mobile devices

Garmin International Inc. has developed the GPS 10, a sensor that receives location data from the Global Positioning System (GPS) and transmits it to Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices.

The 1.8" wide x 3.5" high x 0.8" deep, 2.8 oz. device integrates a 12-parallel channel, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and a Bluetooth transceiver to provide location data to a variety of mobile devices. It has a magnetic base and is waterproof, so it can be mounted inside or outside a vehicle.

The sensor has an internal lithium-ion battery and the Deluxe package includes a 12 V adapter, allowing the GPS 10 to run on its own power for up to 10 hours or on the vehicle's power. The Deluxe package also includes MapSource City Select North America mapping software, with more than 5 million points of interest and detailed street-level mapping of the entire United States and metropolitan Canada.

Initially, the GPS 10 will communicate with Windows Mobile(TM)-based Pocket PCs, as well as laptops and tablet PCs that run on the Windows(R) OS.

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