DeLorme recently posted a request for beta “testers for an upcoming product,” in their community forum, which got me wondering what they were up to. The post is gone now, but still available in Google’s cache (see image below):
DeLorme hasn’t released a new GPS in 2-1/2 years, so it’s high time they rolled out a new one assuming they aren’t going to abandon the market. Their last release was the inReach Satellite Communicator, which pairs with smartphones or the PN-60w to allow for two-way backcountry communication.
But who wants to carry around two devices? The holy grail is a combo unit that does everything you want in a handheld GPS and acts as a satellite communicator to boot. This is total speculation, but I suspect this is where they are heading.
The questions I have are:
- How big will it be? The inReach was huge!
- Will it be a one-way or two-way communicator?
Regardless, we may know soon, as beta testing was due to start early this month, which could put us on track for a summer release. What do you think? Any other suggestions for what they might be testing?