DeLorme will show off its upcoming PN-60w GPS with SPOT Satellite Communicator with Type and Send text messaging that keeps you connected with family, friends, and emergency help when beyond cellular coverage. The demo will take place at Teva Mountain Games, scheduled for June 3-6 in Vail, CO. Actual product release is expected in July of this year. More about the upcoming DeLorme GPS:
The Earthmate PN-60w is the world's first handheld GPS that enables Type & Send text messaging via satellite. A special interface on the PN-60w connects it wirelessly with the SPOT Satellite Communicator, which was designed exclusively for DeLorme. Messages are created on the PN-60w's internal keyboard, then relayed via satellite for delivery using established SPOT technology.
Because messages are conveyed via satellite, and are not dependent on cellular phone coverage, the PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator keeps users reliably connected even in remote locations around the world. Both devices are designed to be ruggedized and waterproof and thus better suited than most cell phones for the rigors of outdoor use.
Users can type and send text messages to individual email addresses, cell phones, buddy lists, and social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Fire Eagle, SpotAdventures.com, or Geocaching.com. In case of emergency, SOS messages can be sent with the user's GPS coordinates embedded. In addition, family and friends can track a user's progress via Google's free online maps.
The Earthmate PN-60w comes with DeLorme Topo North America GPS maps and desktop software included, with topographic and street coverage of the U.S. and Canada. It also displays high-resolution aerial imagery, official USGS and Natural Resources Canada topo maps, and NOAA nautical charts, all available from DeLorme via low-cost subscription. Navionics lake maps and marine charts (sold separately) can also be displayed.
The text messaging, track progress, and emergency SOS/911 features are all activated via subscriptions from SPOT.