Dual Electronics Turns iPod Touch Into A PND

Dual Electronics Turns iPod Touch Into A PND

Later this month, Dual Electronics plans to ship one of the first kits that will convert your iPod Touch into a PND (portable navigation device). The GPS Navigation & Battery Cradle will enable the iPod Touch to receive a GPS signal and to use location-based service applications.

Dual Electronics' system consists of a snap-on module and a window mount kit as well as a GPS application. The module snaps on to the back of the iPod Touch and has a built-in GPS receiver with a rechargeable battery. The unit also has a built-in speaker to amplify voice prompts and a mini USB port and audio-out jack to connect to a car stereo. The system works with the NavAtlas turn-by turn application (free from iTunes) that is based on the GMap app. A windshield mounting kit and charging cable are also included.


We've seen other GPS kits such as TomTom's recently introduced model, but they only work for the iPhone. The GPS Navigation & Battery Cradle will offer text-to-speech pronunciation of street names along with maps of the US and Canada. It is expected to cost $179. By comparison, TomTom's iPhone GPS kit costs $119 plus $99 for the application.



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Interesting. The price doesn't strike me as that great, though... since you can get a full GPS for cheaper than this kit - even before buying an iPod Touch. I'm not really familiar with the features of the various units, though.

The idea of having a more generic system that can run more apps *is* appealing though... and it gives you a good reason to take it out of your car when you get out: I've seen way too many cars burglarized in the garage of my work for their GPS systems.

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Yeah, the price is a little out there, especially considering a basic Garmin unit can be had to $50 less and can do much more.

If you want to protect your car against such buglaries, use a dash mount, since they don't leave any telling smudges on your windshield that a windshield mount does.

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That's actually really cool, just wish the price was... lower.

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This is pretty ridiculous for the price when you could just get an iPhone, android phone, or even a Palm Pre! And the car dock isn't even useful in that it doesn't have a nice charging hookup. That't the one thing that's really nice about the TomTom car kit.

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If the maps automatically update for free it easily justifies the cost of the unit. I have a garmin now, and have to spend $80 a year on map updates. Also I would like to know if the app has the ability to plan commercial vehicle routes. I want to download the app and check the commercial vehicle stuff before I commit to buying the unit. I have searched the app store several times since this was posted but have yet to find NavAtlas listed. Hopefully soon it shows up.

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