GPS technology has certainly move out of our cars and now it is showing up everywhere. Maybe this is the correct route to a special Christmas gift.
I do not have a GPS in my car, but I would like one. I have used them in rental cars and found them quite useful. The portable units made by and Tom Tom seem to have all the features needed and yet the cost is less than $150.Garmin
Now you are thinking GPS in the car is old news, so let’s move forward. Apparently when Garmin got out of the car they were talking to runners. Garmin’s new Forerunner 110 watch tracks distance, pace and time. Some versions also come with a heart-rate monitor. If that is not enough, you can connect to the USB port and download a satellite image of a route. With this technology you can start and stop your run anywhere and still have accurate information on distance.
The NikePlus SportBand is also selling fast. It comes with a chip to attach to one of your shoes. It then tracks how far and how fast you ran. It is less expensive than the Garmin, but also less accurate since it is not using the satellite – just the chip!
Maybe your running days are over. Then let the GPS satellite direct you onto the golf course. A golf GPS makes it easy to know the distance from the hole, water hazard or bunker so your club selection is better. Even if you cannot see the green, you can know how far away it is.
Callaway has a new GPS system with a price that has dropped significantly in the last year. It has over 15,000 courses already loaded into it. Do you think that will be enough?
GPS technology is also great for the captain of any size of vessel. The ship need not be lost in the storm, rather the location and movement of the boat can be monitored. Obviously GPS technology is being built into all kinds of gadgets these days. Maybe you will be buying one for friends or family; maybe you will buy a second for yourself.