Sunday, March 18, 2012

TomTom Runner and Multi-Sport watches announced

TomTom Runner and TomTom Multi-Sport GPS sport watches sportwatchUPDATE: Read our hands on review of the TomTom Runner.

TomTom has announced two new sportwatches, the TomTom Runner and the TomTom Multi-Sport. The watches are waterproof to 50 meters, and support GPS/GLONASS and Bluetooth Smart. They also use “built-in sensors to count strides, so that users can monitor pace and distance even while running on a treadmill.” An optional Bluetooth heart rate monitor is available for either device. read more

Rand McNally enters handheld GPS market with Foris 850

Rand McNally Foris 850 GPS

The Rand McNally Foris 850

Well this is a surprise. Rand McNally has just announced their first handheld GPS, the Foris 850. The Foris is a result of a partnership with Falk Navigation, a European manufacturer. The Foris 850 appears to be based on their Lux 22 model. read more

The Geomate.jr is back

It appears that the phoenix-like rise of the Geomate.jr from the ashes is almost complete. In a Facebook post yesterday, the new owners shared the following with geocachers: read more

New Nike+ Sportwatch models and colors, price drop too

TomTom and Nike have announced new versions of the Nike+ Sportwatch, bringing new colors, an entry-level model, and a price drop. The new model, pictured above, comes without a shoe sensor for indoor use, which is included with all the other models. read more

Geomate.jr to be revived after latest acquisition?

The geocaching one-trick-pony Geomate.jr may be about to get a second life. We reported back in January that the product had been discontinued, but if you login to update your Geomate.jr today, you’ll get a message saying the page is temporarily out of service. The interesting part is that the page is “signed” by Brand 44.

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MOTOACTV Golf edition hits the links

Looks like Motorola is going after Garmin’s sports market pretty aggressively. After successfully launching the MOTOACTV Fitness tracker and music player, they are now announcing the MOTOACTV Golf Edition. While they say that 20,000 courses are available, there’s no word as to whether those are preloaded or require some sort of subscription. What we do know is that the product carries a $299.99 MSRP and should be available April 1st.

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RIP Geomate.jr

UPDATE: As of February 9, they have revived the update zone, at least temporarily.

Sad news today for geocachers on a budget – the Geomate.jr will no longer be sold and the Update Zone service has been discontinued. Keep reading for all the gory details along with how to get a new pocket query into your Geomate…

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MOTOACTV GPS Fitness Tracker and Music Player

MOTOACTV fitness trackerThe MOTOACTV GPS Fitness Tracker and Music Player brings a new power player to the GPS fitness market. This amazing device comes in an 8GB and 16GB version, and offers a clean interface and music player, as well as Bluetooth and ANT+ compatibility.  read more

Satmap Active 10 TREK review

Satmap Active 10 TrekThe Satmap Active 10 TREK has finally come to the US, four years after its introduction in the UK. And what a difference four years makes. We didn’t have touch screen Oregons then, and super-thin iPhones and GPS receivers with raster imagery were just starting to be seen. But in 2011, the Satmap is reminiscent of the tech of yore, feeling more like a clunky PDA than a cutting edge piece of gear.

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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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