Garmin’s new GPS is more for your unsupported desert crossing, or Arctic Circle escapade. And while it is a full-functional handheld GPS, it also has the inReach satellite communication system – send your SOS over SMS-type messaging in places where ‘Snapchat’ is probably some kind of fermented tea.
There’s just a dedicated SOS button for when you get in real trouble, that’ll put you in touch with a global search-and-rescue team. (Hint: best not to cry wolf on that particular channel.) But, whether you’re deep in the Atacama Desert, or just in Asda, you might want to save your texts for particularly heartfelt thoughts.
Message formulation is done via the four-way controller and basic predictive. But, but it’s also expensive: satellite subscriptions start at $US12/month for a measely 10 messages, up to $US100/month for unlimited galactic LOLing and online route tracking.
The devices themselves are the yellow inReach SE+, $US400, and $US450 for the inReach Explorer+, which adds features such as maps, compass and altimeter. And is a nice Baywatch float-can orange. But doesn’t float. But is waterproof. As is the other one.
This article originally appeared at Stuff.tv
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