XGPS300 cradle adds GPS to the iPod Touch

Dual Electronics announces a new cradle, the XGSP300, for the iPod Touch that adds GPS functionality to the device and can also work as a juice pack.

The XGPS300 cradle comes with a car kits and turns an iPod Touch into a complete turn-by-turn navigator. Dong Ngo/CNET

Any iPod Touch owners who want to use your devices as GPS navigators (just like iPhone 3G or 3GS owners can), your wishes have just come true.

Dual Electronics announced Friday the availability of the its GPS Navigation & Battery Cradle for iPod Touch (model XGPS300). The cradle, which resembles a battery case in size and weight, provides a full-featured and portable GPS navigation solution for the iPod Touch. It includes:

  • A cradle with a built-in GPS receiver, a rechargeable battery to power the GPS or recharge the iPod, an amplified speaker for voice prompts, a microphone, a 3.5mm audio out and a Mini-USB port.

  • NavAtlas: an navigation application designed to work exclusively with the XGPS300 cradle. NavAtlas features turn-by-turn directions and incorporates the latest U.S. and Canadian maps from NAVTEQ. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

  • An adjustable windshield mount to dock and charge the iPod in a car.

  • A 12V cigarette lighter adapter and a Mini-USB cable.

According to Dual Electronics, apart from working with the NavAtlas app, the XGPS300 cradle can also provide GPS coordinates for other apps. This means that iPod Touch owners now can enjoy location-based apps that generally require a GPS signal to be useful. Social networking apps are a good example of something that would benefit from this functionality, as are apps that find restaurants, or geocache.

The XGPS300 cradle requires the iPhone OS version 3.0 or later to work. It's available now at Apple Stores and online. It costs around $200.

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