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fidian
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:12 am    Post subject: Wrist PC Reply with quote

7 oz, GPS, 2.8x2.2" touchscreen LCD, 6 hour runtime, IRDA, Bluetooth, 802.11b, Linux or Windows CE on a CompactFlash drive. It's everything in one!

In theory ....

You hop in the car and turn the computer on. Download your latest GPX file that you have on a jump drive/wireless LAN/whatever and start up your mapping software. It charges while you get to the location. You strap it on and charge into the woods, playing your favorite MP3 files from the PC through the internal speakers or (to be more stealthy) your headphones. In mere seconds you are able to find the cache, trade, write stuff in a log book, and then record everything on your computer at the same time. You repeat the process for five or ten caches and stop at Dino's Gyros for lunch. Since they offer free wi-fi, you post your logs onto Geocaching.com and notice that there is a newly published cache. You plot that one into the GPS and you're off! FTF is yours, thanks to the new computer.

You're so busy caching that you don't notice that everyone is gawking at you, thinking that you are the Borg or something.

http://linuxdevices.com/news/NS5812502455.html
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since it's not in production *and* you can wear it, is it known as "Vaporwear"? Wink

Sorry, I couldn't resist.
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KC0GRN
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually I've been wondering when such a device might come out. Probably be a few years before they have a properly designed one.
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Arcticabn
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was selling a belt worn PC that only weighed 2 pounds 10 years ago. Had many of the features but was a full windows PC not CE. Smaller, lighter, and such. Right now it sounds like you can just strap a NAVMAN with Bluetooth or Wireless SD card on it and do the same thing.

Besides, it sure doesn't look weatherproofed.
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KC0GRN
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking about all my outdoor adventures where something like that would get awfully beat up.

put it in a titanium casing and I'd be more interested.
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HugoBear
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could look like Leela from Futurama?

If you made up a wrist strap for a Palm T|X this would do all but the GPS. It has wi-fi, bluetooth, web capable, mobibook for the cache descriptions (via pocket query)...

Now that you mention it....


Where did I put my duct tape....
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fidian
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Garmin makes a GPS-enabled Palm. I'm debating on getting it so I can have everything in one nice little package. It also does routing, if I read the description correctly.
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