Cradle will let users take their Sony handhelds along for the ride

Cradle will let users take their Sony handhelds along for the ride

Workers constantly on the road can keep their Sony Clie handhelds charged with the company's new PEGA-CC5 car cradle accessory, plus tap into some useful features.

With the audio interface, the user can access the Global Positioning System/Assist Navigation system, which will dictate position and directions and display the car's location and movement on the screen of the docked handheld. The cradle transmits audio through the car's FM radio.

Users can also access their e-mail. The PEGA-CC5 will read back e-mail stored in the Clie's Mail software, which can synchronize with the users' PCs. Likewise appointments entered into the handheld's Palm Schedule application can be dictated via the car's speaker system.

The $300 cradle accommodates the PEG-NX80V, PEG-NX73V and PEG-TG50 models of the Clie. Sony Electronics Inc. of Park Ridge, N.J., will begin selling the PEGA-CC5 late this month. For more information, go to www.sony.com/clie.

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