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New toy - bluetooth GPS [Jan. 14th, 2006|12:50 am]
Nick
Yesterday, I got a new toy. It's a Holox BT-321 bluetooth GPS. I got it new from a seller on ebay, for about 40 quid plus shipping (that seems to be a normal price for them).



GPS wise, it's a 32 channel device, using the new RFMD chipset (which is supposed to be faster than SIRF III, which is what most current devices use). It doesn't have any screen, just three lights (GPS sync, bluetooth active and charging).

Bluetooth wise, you connect to it (using rfcomm serial), and it starts sending you NMEA 0183 data. This is quite a straightforward text format, so there are loads of programs out there that understand the data it sends.

All in all, it seems pretty cool. Now I just have to get all the software I want to go with it working :)

Update: I've discovered another really handy feature of it. It takes Nokia BL-5 batteries (which most Nokias use), so it's really easy to have a spare battery for it :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-09-01 02:59 pm (UTC)

nav4all software

Highly rcommend nav4all free software which works with all smartphones and service providers!
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-09-07 01:17 pm (UTC)

Re: nav4all software

I've tried looking everywhere for the software to run my bt321 but i can't find any, can you please point me in the right direction
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From: gagravarr
2006-09-07 01:23 pm (UTC)

Re: nav4all software

There's my own nmea_info.py for series 60 phones.

Otherwise, the sends an NMEA stream over bluetooth, so any software that works with nmea serial ports will work for you. Try a few, see which you like...
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-12-07 09:42 pm (UTC)

Re: nav4all software

Hello,
I've just bought a Holox BT 321 on e bay for my boyfriend. Was that wise? Is it OK? Will he be able to get the software for it? Specificially I wonder if we can get speed camera software? Is nav4all the place to get software? I've just looked and find it hard to navigate around the site.
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From: gagravarr
2006-12-11 10:35 am (UTC)

Re: nav4all software

I only ever use my BT 321 with my phone for collecting data, not viewing maps etc, so I'm not sure what software you'd want.

It's a really nice GPS though, and will work with almost all bluetooth GPS software, including the likes of TomTom.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-06-07 10:42 am (UTC)

holox bt-321

Hi
Got one of these and cant get it to pair with my Dell Axim x51v
dont suppose you know ant techy stuff about the BT pairing do you
regards
Terry

terryparr@herefordit.com
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From: gagravarr
2007-06-07 10:48 am (UTC)

Re: holox bt-321

Sorry, I don't know anything about Dell Axims. Try a dell support forum?

My BT-321 pairs just fine with a couple of different Nokia phones, and with several different linux computers. The pin code is always 0000
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-08-16 07:53 pm (UTC)

Re: holox bt-321

Mine works just fine with my axim x30i. Need a later version of tomtom if you want it to work with that, as the Blue tooth drivers on tomtom5 are not too hot. I use 5.1
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