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    Arrow Next thing... Caches that find themselves. No humans needed!

    Check out this latest innovation from Garmin here.

    At $23 retail I wonder if these would catch on. The guy in the video says with the Chirp you can spend less time entering coords for a multi and have time to find more caches. Whew! I was spending way too much of my day on that.
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    Yeah, we were talking about this in national chat last night. It is actually not a horrible price, but I am not sure it's any less prone to being taken than a traditional stage of a multi, possibly more prone to it. But depending on how much and what additional data can be sent from it, it might have other uses.
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    Thumbs up Where do you come up with this stuff..

    I love your new tag line Dave...
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    You can now create a cache which can only be found by high end Garmin devices!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lexmano View Post
    You can now create a cache which can only be found by high end Garmin devices!
    Well, Magellans were never known for finding caches anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainiac1957 View Post
    Check out this latest innovation from Garmin here.

    At $23 retail I wonder if these would catch on. The guy in the video says with the Chirp you can spend less time entering coords for a multi and have time to find more caches. Whew! I was spending way too much of my day on that.
    I like the idea, but I'm sure it uses some proprietary protocol, so it will be limited only for garmins and therefore useless. What's wrong with printing a QR code with coordinates of the next stage? You scan it and you are all set to go. How can a battery last there one year?
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    I have two 2032 batteries in one of my caches which lasted about 3 years (You know which one.) I'm not sure how this chip knows there is GPSr present, but I can't imagine it is a continuous transmission.

    I imagine it won't be long before there are some hacks for this device. I already have a cache idea for how I'd like to hack one.
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    Great, now we can have a $20 chirp missing from the cache along with the $10 geocoin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexmano View Post
    You can now create a cache which can only be found by high end Garmin devices!
    Or a high end smart phone that Cano is mentioning to read a QR code. What's the sense?
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    Any new product is bound to have limitations but often their successors will have more features and be more compatible. For that reason I'm keeping an open mind about this.

    However, I do fear that it might be one step closer to a prediction I have made before... These things being planted on every telephone pole, guard rail, and street sign and people being able to log them just by driving by them and calling it a find. I'm just hoping the new lamecaching.com site is up before then!
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