Travelling Is Easier With A PDA And A Bluetooth Receiver
Abby Johnson -
Traveling is always easier if you take as
little with you as humanly possible. It s always the intention while
traveling to carry only to what is most necessary. This is not always
an obtainable goal, especially when you are venturing into parts
unknown. In addition to the usual essentials, a sizable map and
navigational equipment become necessary.
With the unveiling of GPS technology, traveling with maps and huge
navigational devices becomes unneeded; a traveler need only carry
a GPS receiver. A GPS receiver determines one s exact position on
earth by deciphering the information it receives from GPS satellites.
With the assistance of other electronic devices, the GPS receiver
will precisely determine your correct location on a map.
For even more even more functions and ease of use, GPS receivers
can be used with other mobile devices. The PDA is one of the most
frequently used mobile products for this purpose. PDAs make the
perfect partner to the GPS receiver because of their unique features,
such as a colored screen to display maps and hard drive space for
map storage. And PDAs are light compared to other mobile devices
such as notebook computers.
There is a problem with using a PDA with a GPS device, however.
They do not always integrate well. GPS receivers are normally connected
to PDAs using a CompactFlash (CF) card or USB wires. Because some
GPS receivers are quite large, attaching it to your PDA using CF
can make it too large. Using the USB wires, however, can make your
GPS receiver difficult to use and limit its usefulness.
So what could be the solution to this problem? A Bluetooth GPS reciver.
The Bluetooth Solution
Bluetooth wireless technology is the open
standard for wireless communication. As long as the two electronic
devices are with 10 meters of each other, Bluetooth technology will
allow them to send and receive signals and transfer data. No wires
Bluetooth GPS Recevier
The Bluetooth GPS receiver is simply a receiver
that uses the Bluetooth technology and electronics to transmit GPS
data to a mobile device. However, they must share the same technology.
For example, if a Bluetooth GPS receiver will be used with a PDA,
the PDA must have built-in Bluetooth technology.
The Bluetooth GPS receivers used with the Bluetooth capable PDAs
offer many advantages over an ordinary GPS unit, which is connected
to the PDA using CompactFlash or USB wires. These advantages include
the ability to use wireless connections between the devices. Without
wires to limit positioning between the Bluetooth GPS receiver and
the PDA, you can place the two devices at their most advantageous
locations. For example, if you are using your Bluetooth GPS receiver
in your car, you can place the device where it has a clear view
of the sky. Then you can place your PDA on your dashboard and have
optimum screen visibility. Because the wires are not used to connect
the two devices, their positioning will not hamper your driving.
Also, because you won t need to use Bluetooth s CompactFlash slot,
you can use it for other things, such as storing maps or software
to optimize the GPS navigation.
Aside from these two advantages, the Bluetooth GPS receiver units
have other features, although most of them are brand or unit specific.
Generally, Bluetooth GPS receiver units now have pre-stored US maps,
point-of-interest (POI databases and route recalculation functions.
Abby Johnson is a staff writer at Lifestyle
Gazette and is an occasional contributor to several other websites,