July 28, 2012

TomTom Contest - 2 Weeks On a Tropical Island


So, you want to use your mapping skills for good? Tomtom wants to send you to a tropical island so you can help them map it.

How much work you really need to do is anyone's guess, but 2 weeks on St. Lucia, the Seychelles, Fiji, Cape Verde, or Mauritius sound pretty good.

Right now, they are looking for folks to help them map the Seychelles - if you win, you'll even get $15,000 for the task. Cool, eh?

More at TomTom Map Paradise

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July 14, 2012

Spot Tracker - Tracking a Lawnchair Balloon Trip


Came across this and thought that it might show off how SPOT trackers can help get the word out to friends, family and the world about where you are and what you're up to.

This trip happens to be on a lawn chair rig, by two men, one American and one Iraqi who decided to take a trip out of Oregon today. The Trip is expected to take them out of Oregon and into Idaho. With hundreds of 5-foot helium filled balloons, some ballast, a BB-gun and a SPOT tracker on board, the trip looks like it's going well. It's not the first time he's taken a lawn chair Balloon trip, and let's hope its not the last.

Track Couch Balloons on the SPOT tracker and More on SPOT Tracker at their website

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July 11, 2012

Garmin Fenix Outdoor Watch - Advanced Capabilities on your Wrist


Garmin just announced their new wonder kid gps watch that gives you some amazing functionality in a little wrist-top watch. Not only can you drop breadcrumb trails on your route, navigate back to your campsite, and some of the regular things you've been able to do with write mounted devices for years (Think Forerunner 201), but also the unit has an Altimeter, Barometer and Compass - real tools to help you out there. The altimeter can help get you information about your trip, and some bragging stats, but the barometer can also help produce short term weather trends, letting you know when things might just turn worse. It's wireless ANT+ and Bluetooth capabilities can also help to talk to other Garmin GPS devices to share routes, waypoints and more, but also talk to wireless sensors like heart rate monitoring, or if biking cadence monitoring too.

Battery life is up to 50 hours on the trail and up to 6 weeks in watch mode. Price is $399.

More after the Jump on the Garmin Fenix. See the Garmin Fenix site at Garmin Fenix

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