Crunch Gear offers up the next LBS device. The SPOT Communicator is a GPS unit that can send your current position via satellite. The press release shows that the target market is the outdoor enthusiast and field workers who are often outside of cell range. Battery life is pretty good given the lack of screen, just four buttons: Help, On/Off, OK, and 911. Given its orange case, it is great if you want to add a bit of safety in hunting season.
The first bit of GPS news out of CES this year has Magellan releasing the Maestro 5340 which will include GPRS for cell network connectivity. This network connectivity will be used to connect to…you guessed it…Google search and data services. At almost $1300 for the unit it will not be for small of purse, and don’t forget the charge for the GPRS connection.
This time around we are asking you to tell us what you think is going to happen in the geospatial sphere in 2008. Send your predictions to contest at veryspatial dot com by January 18 at 11:59 PM PST and one person will be selected at random for a nifty globe shaped decanter and a t-shirt and there will be 2 runner ups.