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Device offers A2DP and Muslim prayer times

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Manufacturer Mavizen has created a pendant-style Bluetooth music pick-up with a very unique selling point: it also includes a Muslim prayer alert.

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Mavizen's BluQ: able to keep you entertained and tell you when it's time for prayers

The BluQ hasn't yet gone into production, but Mavizen told Register Hardware that it will support Bluetooth's A2DP wireless stereo technology to receive music streamed from, say, your mobile phone. It also has the Bluetooth AV Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) so it can control TVs and Hi-Fi equipment.

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Mavizen's BluQ: points to Mecca

If you're of the Muslim faith, then BluQ comes pre-programmed with an application called Meccanism. It has Mecca's position calculated from 600 countries, towns and cities so all users need do is select their current location and the device will automatically set prayer times and the indicate the direction of Mecca. Mavizen is considering a GPS-based version too.

For the programmer in you, the BluQ will come with a coding kit so users can develop their own applications for the product - although Mavizen said it won't be suitable for inexperienced hackers.

It measures 5.5 x 4.3 x 0.4cm and, upon its general release, will also be able suitable for us as an in-car hands-free mobile phone kit. Mavzien wouldn't confirm a price or release date.

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