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See Spot Find!

22
August
2007
  Posted at 02:48:35 PM
  File under  Gadgets GPS
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Going off for a motorcycle ride, even if it's a short one, can often create an unease with the people in your live. Our better halves, children or even bosses, know that motorcycling is not risk free, and if you decide to go and ride RTWRound The World trip. Usually a motorcycle trip that covers many countries and many continents. or just a day in the desert, it'll mean they are going to be worried. You're not going to stop every 30 minutes to give them an update are you? Cell phones are great, but in places where you really need them, they often have no service.

Imagine being stranded with no gas or a broken down motorcycle in the middle of the desert? Or on top of that mountain?

Spot Satellite Messenger
That's why the SPOT device is interesting. The SPOT Satellite Messenger is a small GPSGlobal Positioning System. Satellite based tracking device, that uses several satellites to position your exact location to within a few yards/meters accuracy. tracking device, that's rugged and waterproof (it floats).

It weighs a bit over 7 ounces and runs on AA batteries (which should last 12 months of standby life). It's small and portable.

The device has 4 buttons:
  • HELP -Non urgent request for assistance. It sends a message to someone you've designated, including a Google Map with your exact location.
  • CHECKIN - Send a message with your position. It's also a good way of recording your trip for later use.
  • TRACK - Allows your family and friends to track your position in real-time (obviously uses the battery much faster)
  • 911 - Emergency. If you're being attacked by crocodiles Open link in a new window, or being kidnapped by terrorists, this will send a message to a GEOS911 unit that will alert the authorities.
  • ON/OFF - You can turn it off, like when you're going to visit the local watering hole....


















Spot Satellite Messenger
Basically, it's simple to use, and you'd put it on you, or in your backpack, and hope you never need to use it. But when the emergency arises, you'll be happy it's there.

Price: US$ 149.99 plus an annual service fee of US$ 99

The service launches 1st of November.

Click here to access their website Open link in a new window

Via: Engadget



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