DeLorme and SPOT Combine Tech
It is a marriage that people have been wondering about for quite some time. I mean really… who didn’t think that the two most Orange products in the GPS industry were not meant to be together? All color-coded kidding aside, this is an idea I’ve been waiting to happen ever since the SPOT messenger came out. Next week at the CES Show, DeLorme and SPOT will announce a new product that combines DeLorme’s “serious tool” GPS with SPOT’s satellite communications and messaging.
DeLorme’s handheld GPS devices are known most for their unmatched mapping abilities. $30 gets you unlimited USGS topo maps, DeLorme vector topos, color aerial photography and NOAA marine charts with a few clicks. Their devices are also popular among geocachers with the new Cache Register plugin that allows paperless geocaching. Their desktop software might not be the easiest thing in the world to use, but it isn’t short on power and flexibility.
SPOT on the other hand delivers a unique satellite messenger that lets you send a message back home letting people your trip is “OK”. Should you find yourself in a life threatening situation you can ping 911 and your GPS coordinates will be sent to an emergency response center.
The full details are still a bit sketchy at the moment, but the combined product is described as a handheld GPS with custom satellite messaging. We like the sound of that and hope that this allows room for a few more cereal bars in my backpack.