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TEN Technology readies Bluetooth naviPlay remote

“Impulsesoft, the leading Bluetooth(R) Audio solution provider, today announced that TEN Technology has licensed its Bluetooth stereo technology. TEN Technology, the company that introduced the naviPod(TM) wireless remote control for Apple’s iPod, the leading digital music player in the world, demonstrated the TEN naviPlay(TM), the first Bluetooth stereo adapter and remote control designed specifically for the iPod, on January 6, 2004 at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco, CA.

‘Superior audio quality and long battery life are critical for naviPlay to meet the high expectations of iPod owners. Impulsesoft’s iWISH and iWISA deliver 44.1KHz and 48KHz stereo audio with a long battery life,’ said John Lin, CEO of TEN Technology.”

Editor’s note: Here are photos of the naviPlay prototype as seen at Macworld SF.

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Umm exactly what is the point of this thing? It would make sense if it were a tiny little thing that looked like the current remote without a wire.

This basically is an ipod, except that you need to have an iPod already to make it work!


Posted by s_n_m in Irvine, CA on January 20, 2004 at 11:04 AM (CST)


No, the remote is noticably smaller than the ipod.  One of the best aspects, however, is that your ipod has moving parts (the HD/head) while the remote doesn’t: as such, if your ipod is in your bag at the gym, while you’re going cardio or something, you’re not risking your ipod as much.

Moreover, the weight seems to be far less.

Posted by Druid in Irvine, CA on January 20, 2004 at 11:09 AM (CST)


You can also hang the small receiver around your neck, attach headphones to it and roam around the room while your iPod sits on a desk somewhere. it’s not clear what the maximum range will be until the product ships.

Posted by Dennis Lloyd in Irvine, CA on January 20, 2004 at 11:25 AM (CST)


I need one! someone email me please with pricing and info, or if someone from Ten is reading, can I beta test and write a review? I have written rave reviews in the paintball world :) this is perfect for my car.

Posted by Anthony in Irvine, CA on January 20, 2004 at 11:51 AM (CST)


“it’s not clear what the maximum range will be until the product ships.”

if its bluetooth, it’ll be long enough ^_-

The only problem is price. The Navipod itself is already soo expensive a basic infrared remote. Imagine something with bluetooth, 8 hour li-ion battery, and lcd screen.

if it was around the same price as the navipod, i’d order it straight away!

Posted by Redux in Irvine, CA on January 20, 2004 at 12:49 PM (CST)


It did say that Impulsesoft was a short range wirless solutions, so i wouldnt be expecting to leave your ipod in your car while your in the gym… but maybe

it would likely work better if you wanted to keep your ipod in your locker and transmitted from there…

Posted by Steve in Irvine, CA on January 20, 2004 at 1:20 PM (CST)


I went to http://www.impulsesoft.com/ and checked out the stats for their other bluetooth solution (iWish)and this is what I found:

Profile:  A2DP, AVRCP, Headset, Handsfree
Module: Class II
Connectivity: Point

Posted by noname in Irvine, CA on January 20, 2004 at 1:35 PM (CST)


I dont think it would be so great for your car. How would you use it there????

Posted by Jon in Irvine, CA on January 20, 2004 at 6:26 PM (CST)


All I’ve wanted since I got my first and second iPod is the ability to utilize wireless headphones.  There is nothing worse than turning your head slighty and yanking out an earphone, or catching a wire on a doorknob or something.  If this product is in any way able to make this desire a reality, I’d order two!

Posted by Mmcxii in Irvine, CA on January 20, 2004 at 7:01 PM (CST)


I used to have the WM-WX808 ( http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~an4t-tkns/taro/walkman/199302/wm-wx808.jpg ) back in the mid-90s, and that wireless remote had a bigger and more useful screen than this remote, why can’t the screen be on the front than the side??

Posted by voodoo in Irvine, CA on January 20, 2004 at 7:05 PM (CST)


It’s as big as an iPod mini. But with a much smaller LCD and no scrollwheel.

Posted by Timur in Irvine, CA on January 21, 2004 at 6:35 PM (CST)

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