Recon Instruments Skydiving GPS Goggles

  Recon Instruments has already revolutionized the way we track vert, distance and other measures on the ski slopes, now it's leaping off the mountain. Recon's new Flight HUD goggles use the sensor and GPS hardware from its ski goggles to provide a direct-to-eye read-out of forward speed, glide ratio and altitude for informational purposes. The system is designed for skydivers, BASE jumpers and wingsuiters. As in its ski system, the information appears on a...
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Standalone GPS May Be Obsolete: $5 ViewRanger App Looks Damn Good

For about a 1/100 of the cost of an outdoor GPS unit, the ViewRanger app brings a comprehensive set of features and functions for outdoor navigation. This app could just make your iPad a more effective tool than your Garmin Oregon. The app has been available in Europe for years but launched in the US earlier this month. For a $4.99 Android or iOS download price, you get an outdoor mapping GPS with a set...
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Satski Builds GPS With Apps

  I first came across Satski about three years ago. The company makes GPS-based ski resort maps for both smartphones and standalone units. At first, I found this technology quite intriguing--what could be better than a GPS system guiding you around a virtual resort? But, given that a big resort map is hard to read on a small screen, smartphones are annoying to fiddle around with on the lift let alone a trail, and paper...
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Delorme Gets Serious About Two-Way Emergency Communications

  Last time I looked, the Delorme PN-60W + SPOT is still pretty busy earning industry awards. But there may soon be an even better solution out there, and it's also from Delorme. The inReach is a two-way satellite communication beacon that lets you both send and receive text messages. The SPOT lets you send out messages, but doesn't let you receive them, leaving the question of whether or not your pleas for help were...
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Best Apps For Playing Outside (So Far)

Some people rail against taking modern tech into the outdoors, and that's fine. If you want to get away from modern society, I'm all for it. But if you've got an iPhone and you're leaving it at home, you're missing out on some fun stuff...here are some of my favorites so far. If you've got anything to add to this list, let me know. Nike+ GPS ($1.99)For runners, the Nike+ GPS app is a spectacular...
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Otterbox Impact and Commuter Cases: The Defender's Slimmer Cousins

Ever since I wrote my review on the Otterbox Defender Series cases, I've heard a lot of positive feedback on the cases' toughness and durability. Basically, the final thought was that if you didn't want your phone to look like this, you'll want it to be surrounded, encased if you will, by this: The Defender Series cases have been tested to withstand drops of up to three feet. The one complaint that I've been hearing...
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Garmin Chirp Makes Geocaching More Interactive

  Geocaching equipment is usually a little one-sided; there's plenty of equipment out there for those that are looking (i.e. GPS devices, websites, etc.) but not that much for those doing the hiding. Garmin is helping to close that disparity with a new device that it calls the Chirp. Designed to bring a little extra tech to the tupperware with pencil and cache log, the device can be hidden like a traditional cache and can...
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U.S. to Boost GPS Coverage

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan have been experiencing problems with GPS coverage in canyons and mountain ranges, an issue that has motivated the mlitary's Strategic Command to enhance the capability of the Global Positioning System (GPS) by adding three satellites. GPS currently relies upon a series of 24 different satellites along six separate orbital paths. Information from at least four separate satellites is used to provide a 3D position here on Earth. The addition of three satellites will...
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SPOT Gets Integrated Into Delorme GPS

  Want to send your buddy a text message of victory after clawing your way to the top of Half Dome? Traditionally, when your cell phone had no bars, you were out of luck, but not anymore. The new Delorme PN-60w  which debuted at last week's Consumer Electronics Show, combines traditional GPS with SPOT satellite communications giving users the ability to send free-form text messages from wherever they are. The base GPS device pairs with...
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Ridiculous Deal: Bushnell Onix 400 GPS With XM NAVRAD Weather

  Just came across this deal over at Woot and had to spread the word. If you act fast, you'll be the happy owner of a Bushnell Onix 400 GPS for just $100. That same unit is listed on Bushnell's website for $500 and would ordinarily cost at least $300 or $400. The Onix 400 combines a 3.5-inch color LCD screen with XM radio and weather information via XM NavWeather. It also displays satellite imagery...
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Lens-Mounted GPS Goggles

A Vancouver company called Recon Instruments is working on a skiing/snowboarding goggle which features a lens-mounted display. With these displays, the company says that the goggles will use an integrated GPS system to project information such as speed, hang time, and vetical drop in real time in a non-obstructive display on the goggle lens itself. In addition, the company touts that the goggles will feature resort maps  for easy navigation and a GPS-enabled friend-tracking feature...
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Proof that your GPS is REALLY in control.

  Have you ever felt bullied by your GPS? If so, you'll appreciate this video.  Via.  
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Why you need to start geocaching.

If you haven't given geocaching a try, you really should. It's a relatively inexpensive sport (all you need is a GPS*) that appeals to just about every age group. It's also a GREAT way to enhance your outdoor adventures in the wilderness or the city streets. Although, the thing I like BEST about geocaching is it helps you discover places that you might otherwise miss. Local 'cachers know where all the hidden gems are. Trust...
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Geomate.jr: GPS For the Kids

The popular activity of geocaching has kids written all over it. It's basically a treasure hunt using cool, electronic gadgets to get to the treasure. Unfortunately, most GPS units aren't that kid-friendly. Hell, some aren't even that adult-friendly. Solving this glaring disparity, the Geomate.jr allows the child (or adult) to simply turn on the switch outside and get automatically directed to the nearest geocache. Follow the arrow and distance and get your treasure. That's all...
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The Bushnell Back Tracker

The Bushnell BackTrack is the easiest GPS  navigation system on the market.  Just mark your starting location and the BackTrack will help you find your way back. Basically it's like leaving a trail of virtual breadcrumbs behind you. (Hansel & Gretel could have used one.)  Available on Amazon for about 53 bucks.
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Unmanned Sports Filming: 4P Extreme Sports Camera Concept

This interesting GPS-based concept cam, the 4P Extreme Sports Camera, designed by Patrick Nally allows the user to film all his greatest tricks and moves. Whether you're dropping nasty cliffs or throwing down new tricks in the park, you would no longer need someone on the other side capturing it all. The system functions with two simple pieces. A GPS arm band tracks your movement and communicates with the camera to keep it focused on...
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No Compass? Use Your Panties

On a recent expedition to the North Pole, the Catlin Arctic Survey encountered some trouble navigating. Since they were at the magnetic North Pole, their compasses were rendered useless. GPS? Wouldn't operate properly due to the harsh, cold temperatures. Sun? It was too cloudy to use effectively. What did they do? Put a pair of lacy panties on a ski pole and let them flutter in the wind, allowing the wind to point them in the right direction--pretty creative...
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Survive the Drive and Share the Exprience: New Things from SPOT

  SPOT, the GPS survival beacon that has earned Survivorman Les Stroud's stamp of approval, will be adding some features to cover your ass in the great wide open from every angle. For those who aren't familiar with SPOT, it's a compact GPS device that allows you to send your coordinates out to personal contacts and rescue agencies to stay in touch where cell coverage is slim and get help in case of emergency. The device also allows you to track...
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Touch Screen GPS that Makes Navigation On Screen as Easy as Off

Lowrance, a company that has developed military GPS and marine navigation systems for 55 years, has developed a touch screen GPS with a very simple 4-option menu that promises to make using GPS in the outdoors much simpler. The Endura series is set for launch in the spring and will feature three separate models: the Outback, Safari and Sierra (MSRP $229.99, $379, $549.99) The crystal-clear, bright touch screen units feature electronic compass, barometric altimeter, MP3...
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Cheap, Compact GPS for the Masses

I've always wanted to get in on the GPS craze, but haven't quite had the dedicated budget to do it. Funny how things like food and gas get in the way of what's really important. Now's my time. And yours. Bushnell's Backtrack is a super-simple device that uses GPS to assist you in finding your way back to a programmed location. Enter up to 3 locations and plot a painfree trail. Don't let a few too many...
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