Update: this unit is $100 – $150 [varies with model] until 31 Dec 2010. I’m very tempted, but must restrain myself!
I’ve used my buddy Kurt’s SPOT satellite locator beacon a few times. It’s a handy way to keep folks aprised of where you are and even summon help when in remote spots. I’ve been thinking about getting one myself, but it hasn’t worked its way to the top of my priority list yet…especially when I can borrow Kurt’s! Well this new version is paired with a DeLorme GPS so you can transmit not only your position, but a one way text msg back to civilization.
That’s awesome! If I’m kiteboarding at a remote lake and want to let other people know conditions are great I’d be able to do that so they can drive out. If I’m on a bike tour in a remote spot and need to set something up for my return, like ordering a spare part or arranging to meet someone for a pick up, I can now do that in the middle of nowhere. Sweet!
I won’t be buying one when they first come out because I have a GPS I like and I don’t really want to spend $550USD to get the SPOT functionality. I’m hoping they’ll make a SPOT that I can hook up to my iPhone or something like that to type a msg. I’m not sure that will happen, but if it did I’d be ordering one tomorrow! For now I’ll see how people like this product when it gets released this summer. It may not be a sure fire acquisition, but getting a SPOT has moved up my priority list a bunch!
If anyone out there buys one let me know how you like it.