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naviPod Wireless Remote for iPods Announced

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Thursday, June 12, 2003
News Categories: iPod Accessories

pic naviPod is the first wireless remote for the iPod consisting of a receiver that plugs into the top of the iPod and a 5-button infrared remote control that produces the same functions as the Apple iPod wired remote. “naviPod is really going to foster a change in the idea of stereo systems. With the naviPod and a pair of speakers, the iPod becomes a true alternative to the conventional stereo system,” says John Lin, CEO and founder of TEN Technology. naviPod for original iPod and naviPod for 3G iPod are available for pre-order from Dr. Bott for $49.95.

Press Release:

LOS ANGELES, June 12 /PRNewswire/—TEN Technology is proud to announce a hot new product: The TEN naviPod(TM)—the first wireless remote control for the Apple iPod(R).

naviPod is the first wireless remote for the iPod consisting of a receiver that plugs into the top of the iPod and a 5-button infrared remote control that produces the same functions as the Apple iPod wired remote. “naviPod is really going to foster a change in the idea of stereo systems. With the naviPod and a pair of speakers, the iPod becomes a true alternative to the conventional stereo system,” says John Lin, CEO and founder of TEN Technology.

naviPod was specifically designed to allow the Apple iPod user to control audio functions from across the room.  Just plug in a pair of self-powered speakers, or connect to a stereo receiver/amplifier, and the iPod becomes the centerpiece of a digital entertainment system.  Play/Pause, Next, Previous and Volume are all right at your fingertips. “naviPod is all about accessing your music how and where you want it,” said Eric Prentice, CEO of Dr. Bott LLC, “This product is innovative, elegant and intuitive.  It is always a pleasure to bring a great product like naviPod to market!”

Compatibility: naviPod is available in two models, both sporting an audio out port and chrome stand.  naviPod for original iPod is compatible with all generation 1 and 2 iPods with Firewire port and includes a pass-through Firewire port for keeping the iPod charged.  naviPod for 3G iPod is compatible with all iPods with the new Dock Connector.

Pricing & Availability: naviPod for original iPod and naviPod for 3G iPod are available for pre-order from Dr. Bott and its authorized resellers along with the Apple online store.  Both models of naviPod retail for $49.95US/$69.95CAN.

About TEN Technology: TEN Technology of Los Angeles, California is a division of TEN Ventures Inc. who bring to market products that enhance and leverage leading consumer technologies.  http://www.tentechnology.com

For more information about naviPod or TEN Technology, please call 310-765-4834 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

About Dr. Bott LLC: Dr. Bott LLC of Wilsonville, Oregon is a manufacturer and distributor of Macintosh peripherals dedicated to serving resellers, VARs, and consultants with third party Macintosh products.

Reseller inquiries: Dr. Bott LLC at (503) 582-9944 or by fax at (503) 682-6767, or visit http://www.drbott.com .

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Comments

1

Does anyone know if the naviPod for the 3rd Gen iPods works with the 1st and 2nd gen iPods? It’s a lot smaller and I like the design more than the one made for the 2nd Gen iPods and I can’t see any reason as to why it wouldn’t work.

Posted by Cozzie on June 12, 2003 at 10:53 PM (PDT)

2

Cozzie: It’s very unlikely to work with earlier iPods as the 3rd gen. has different connectors: no FireWire on top, and a remote controls socket that’s separate from the headphone socket.

Posted by Gidds in UK on June 12, 2003 at 11:40 PM (PDT)

3

But Andrew, don’t both versions of the naviPod connect using the headphone port - and isn’t the headphone port virtually unchanged from rev 2 to rev 3?

I’ll email them and find out.

Posted by Cozzie on June 13, 2003 at 12:42 AM (PDT)

4

Yes, the headphone socket is unchanged. But the unit will need to get power from somewhere, too. The first- and second-generation version used the FireWire port (as mentioned in the press release); the new one must either get it from the remote control port, or from the dock connector underneath - either of which would prevent it working with older iPods.

Of course, the manufacturers can give you a definitive answer, but I’d be extremely surprised if it did work.

Posted by Gidds in UK on June 13, 2003 at 12:52 AM (PDT)

5

No no - headphone sockets can supply power too! The dock-connector naviPod uses the headphone port for power.

Remember the iTrip? That uses the headphone port for it’s power too (the FW port “thing” was just for stabilisation, so it didn’t spin around).

So, theoretically either version could work on the old iPods, as the old iPod’s headphone port can also supply power. It should also be able to fit perfectly.

I’ve emailed TEN Technology so I’ll try and get a definitive answer by tomorrow.

Posted by Cozzie on June 13, 2003 at 2:33 AM (PDT)

6

When you say ‘headphone port’, do you mean just the 3.5mm jack socket, or the surrounding connections?  The latter were used for the remote control, and on the 3rd-gen they’re in a separate socket to the side.

And of course, since this is a remote control device, it’ll need to plug into that too, which definitely makes it incompatible with earlier iPods.

Posted by Gidds in UK on June 13, 2003 at 2:40 AM (PDT)

7

I thought this would be a wireless remote that would provide an alternative to the current remote provided by apple. I find it too cluttered and restricitng when i am on the go. But at least this remote offers the promise of controlling your ipod from across the room. Still cool, but not exactly the idea I was looking for. I want a wireless remote that can be used on the go to replace the provided remote.

Posted by reorx24 on June 13, 2003 at 2:45 AM (PDT)

8

If you go to the tentechnology.com site you will see that there are separate models for 2G & 3G iPods. Same features and price.

Posted by glorx on June 13, 2003 at 3:33 AM (PDT)

9

Actually, as far as I know the new headphone jack has exactly the same surrounding connections as the one found on the old 1st and 2nd Gen iPods. The naviPod therefor does NOT use the new remote port found to the side of the headphone port to my knowledge, only the headphone port.

I think the remote port is just so that you can use your “official” remote without all the jumble that older iPod users were faced with when plugging it into the headphone port. It doesn’t mean that the headphone port has lost any outer connectors.

Posted by Cozzie on June 13, 2003 at 3:42 AM (PDT)

10

glorx: I’ve a 3G iPod here, and it has no surrounding connections - just the normal headphone socket with three connections, as on any other bit of audio kit. It was partly because of the fragility of the concentric connections that Apple replaced it.

Posted by Gidds in UK on June 13, 2003 at 3:58 AM (PDT)

11

Ok, lemme eplain this all. The reason there are different versions for the 2g and 3g is because they have different REMOTE connectors. The 3G has a totally seperate remote connector, that is not aroung the heaphone port at all. The 2G has a ring around the headphone port for the remote, not the seperate connector. And, because this is a remote device, it needs to go through the remote connector. Do Your research Here: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=61900

Posted by Kewleo on June 13, 2003 at 4:29 AM (PDT)

12

the romote sockets are different so it cant work with all 1,2,3 ver.

Posted by Phill in Texas on June 13, 2003 at 4:59 AM (PDT)

13

The remote looks too big. 2.5 inches in diameter is a lot for a remote that’s only got five buttons.

Posted by riffola on June 13, 2003 at 5:59 AM (PDT)

14

Would you rather it were smaller, so you’d lose it more easily?  Personally, I hate tiny devices with tiny buttons unless I have to carry the device around with me (cell phone) and it gets big and heavy.  For a remote that you use in the home, I see little reason to make it super small…

Posted by deoxer on June 13, 2003 at 7:59 AM (PDT)

15

Anybody remember the iRemote?  I think iRemote is better because it looks cooler and smaller.

http://www.ipodlounge.com/ipodnews_comments.php?id=P329_0_7_0_C
http://www.osxp.net/accessory/iremote.htm

Posted by jjclub in Taiwan on June 13, 2003 at 9:21 AM (PDT)

16

They make a version for both 2g & 3g iPods.

Posted by NiTRO on June 13, 2003 at 12:01 PM (PDT)

17

The iRemote is vaporware. The guy is trying to get someone to give him capital & there are no plans for production.

Posted by bkun on June 13, 2003 at 1:03 PM (PDT)

18

The iRemote looks smaller because it isn’t real. The guy doesn’t seem to know anything about the actual electronics required, so he has no limitations in his design - he says so himself.

Posted by a_smith on June 14, 2003 at 5:32 AM (PDT)

19

Ok. Since iRemote is vaporware and might never come out, it’s not fair to compare naviPod to an unreal product.

Posted by jjclub in Taiwan on June 14, 2003 at 5:37 AM (PDT)

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