Sunday, March 18, 2012

One of Industry’s Smallest Bike Trackers Coming Soon

French company Nigiloc has been developing one of the world’s smallest GPS tracker to use on your bike or scooter. Utilizing SigFox connectivity, these low-cost, low-power GPS trackers will run for two years on a single battery and won’t mess up the sleek look of your ride.

The devices, Nigibike and Nigiscoot, connect to your phone via Bluetooth and every time the device moves, it will search for the paired device. If it finds your phone via Bluetooth, the device will go back to sleep. If, however, the paired device is not found, a SMS and email notification with GPS location will be sent to your phone and email, allowing you to find your potentially stolen property. read more

RSPCA’S Trakapet Helps Keep Tabs on Furry Adventurers


The RSPCA has launched the new Trakapet GPS device to help pet owners keep track of their wandering furry friends. Pioneered by this Australian-based organization, the Trakapet sends updates to the owner and allows tracking through both computer and smartphone. The unit is small, merely 2 inches long, waterproof and only weighs 40 grams, which makes it good for smaller size dogs as well as large breeds. read more

Introducing the Bad Elf 2200 GPS Pro

Bad Elf 2200 Pro

The Bad Elf 2200 GPS Pro is a handheld GPS receiver and datalogger designed for iPod, iPhone and iPad products. Able to sync with up to five devices at a time, this simplistic device has a myriad of applications for adventurers such as sharing geolocation data with your entire crew, passengers, family members or anyone with an applicable device and marking waypoints without having to keep a GPS app running on your phone. read more

Track Your Luggage with a GPS Tag

POM, a kickstarter GPS locator is one of many new GPS trackers trying to break into the growing market.

POM is off to a slow start on Kickstarter; one of many new GPS trackers trying to break into the growing market.

Anyone who has travelled can relate to the lost luggage worries, but with the increasing number of GPS luggage tags, it may soon be a thing of the past. The Airline Transportation Industry reported that in 2012 there were 26 million bags lost. And, according to the same baggage report, roughly 68% of the lost bags were due to mishandling during a transfer or a failure to be loaded on the plane. It may seem like a lot, but the report goes on to explain how even those staggering numbers are nearly half the statistics reported for 2007. read more

New GPS tracker Monitors Loved Ones with No Monthly Fee

The GPS tracker, Findster, has two primary devices connected wirelessly and monitored through the Findster app on your smartphone or tablet.

Update: Findster has reached its goal on Indiegogo, and will be shipping early next year.

The innovative GPS tracker, Findster, helps caregivers monitor children and pets wirelessly on their smartphone with no monthly fees. Funding on Indiegogo is currently underway, and Findster seems well worth the effort. Unlike some GPS trackers, Findster does not require any type of monthly fee and offers many useful functions such as fall detection for children or loved ones, an activity tracker for pets and the ability to set routes or perimeters and receive updates and push notifications if the device leaves the designated area or route in addition to GPS tracking. The device is monitored through the Findster app, which can be downloaded on your smartphone or tablet.

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Globalstar GPS Has its 3000th Rescue


Globalstar emergency GPS devices have now been used to help locate and rescue over 3000 people! This latest rescue involved a couple of ATV riders in Colorado out of cell phone range that had a problem. They used the SOS button and the SPOT GPS was able to contact help and provide the location to law enforcement.

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Tinitell new GPS for kids

bef4b4cc880b8ae69a2e7dd56803700f_largeHaving 4 kids I find their safety is very important, especially in places like sporting events, theme parks, etc. Currently, I just write my phone number on their shoulder and teach them to go to a police officer or security officer if they get lost. But Tinitell is having a kickstarter campaign for a GPS for kids that is like a watch they wear. You can even call it and talk to your child, it has an option where they can call people as well (although at my kids’ age I would turn that off), then with an app you can track them at anytime.

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Supreme Court rules against warrantless GPS tracking

The US Supreme Court did right by the fourth amendment today, ruling that GPS tracking requires a search warrant. In a 9-0 decision, the justices ruled against the Obama administration in the case of the US vs. Jones. Nevertheless, four justices differed on the broader issue of such tracking… read more

Garmin Astro 320 GPS dog tracking system

Garmin-Astro-320The Garmin Astro 320 updates the Astro 220 GPS dog tracking system for hunters, adding features such as BirdsEye aerial imagery and Garmin custom map capabilities, a barometric altimeter, tri-axial electronic compass, wireless data transfer and a new interface.

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SPOT Connect lets your smartphone call for help without cell signal


UPDATE: Read my hands on review of the SPOT Connect

I should have seen this one coming. The folks that brought you the SPOT Satellite Messenger and SPOT Communicator have announced the SPOT Connect – a satellite communicator that pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing you to send text messages, email or even post to Facebook and Twitter from the middle of nowhere. Pretty nice when you need to tell the spouse “twisted ankle, will be late” or summon search and rescue when you break your leg in the backcountry.

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