GPS on iPod Touch with Holux GPSlim 240


Navigation system working perfectly on the iPod Touch (2nd Generation)

Managed to get the GPS (Global Positioning System) working on my iPod Touch 2nd Generation. Took the above picture while traveling back home from Serene’s place. Yeah, I know it is kind of dumb to take a screen shot when I am on PIE but hey, at least it is working as it should – detecting the vehicle speed, distance to destination, estimated arrival time. Too bad the application isn’t smart enough to check the traffic status and include it in it routing algorithm.

This would come in useful when traveling overseas as I prefer free & easy type ofย  travel rather than group tours. In the past, I used my GPS enabled mobile (Nokia E66). The performance isn’t that spectacular as it is assisted-GPS. Assisted-GPS means that it would need Internet connection most of the time to locate GPS satellites. That is why I decided to go for GPS tracker solution. It would definitely make free & easy tours a more enjoyable process.

I had paired my iPod Touch (2nd Generation) with a GPS Tracker (Holux GPSlim 240) via bluetooth. I guess most people know that bluetooth on the iPod Touch is a nuisance as the bluetooth stack only recognizes audio devices (yes, even your bluetooth mobile phone is not detected). What you don’t know is that there are people writing their own bluetooth stack to recognize GPS trackers! Installed a copy of Roqy Bluetooth and viola! Holux GPSlim 240 recognized and it is reading data as it should!


Roqy Bluetooth reading GPS tracker information

The native Maps application works perfectly with the GPS tracker too. Time to plot some POIs!

15 thoughts on “GPS on iPod Touch with Holux GPSlim 240

  • March 4, 2010 at 9:39 am
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    Wow… thanks for sharing!! Between, where can i get this GPS on iPod Touch with Holux GPSlim 240? and what is price??

  • March 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm
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    Valerie,

    You can get iPod Touch easily at any apple reseller. As for the Holux GPSlim 240, you might need to get it online as it is a pretty dated model. Price for the GPSlim 240 should be 100 odd bucks

  • March 23, 2010 at 6:32 am
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    how do you pair the GPS with the ipod?
    I have the GPSlim 236

    cheers

  • March 23, 2010 at 7:48 pm
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    bobs,

    I actually use Roqy Bluetooth. It is a Cydia app so your device needs to be jailbroken. Hope it helps.

  • March 25, 2010 at 4:26 am
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    Hey Shadowandy, did you get the Holux Slim240 from Sg?
    If yes, do you mind tell me where in Sg.

    Thx!

  • March 26, 2010 at 12:24 am
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    Terry,

    I actually got it off somebody. So it is 2nd hand. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • April 1, 2010 at 8:29 am
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    Thanks for your reply!
    I ordered one from ebay and can’t wait to play with it ๐Ÿ™‚
    Is Roqy Bluetooth an free app?

  • April 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm
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    Terry,

    Roqy Bluetooth is a paid ware! It is available for purchase on Cydia store. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • May 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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    Interesting. What are the softwares that can be installed? Garmin? Does it only works with Houlx?

  • May 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm
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    Vincent,

    For the GPS device support, it is better to check the product support page for Roqy Bluetooth.

    There are quite a few navigation software available on the ipod touch, they should work. Had tried Google Maps in a recent overseas trip. It works!

  • July 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm
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    Hi there,

    I was wondering if a 3G ipod touch would work better or it’s the same (as 2G)?

    Can I also pair the ipod touch with my Holux and use it with Google Maps without Roqy?

    Thanks

  • July 2, 2010 at 9:14 pm
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    Hilofat,

    iPod Touch 3rd generation would work the same as 2nd generation. In order for the bluetooth to recognise the gps tracker, roqy is required.

  • July 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the clarification!

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