c:geo - the unofficial client for geocaching.com

c:geo is an Adroid app for geocaching.

This is an unofficial client Geocaching.com and let’s you do searches for caches by different criteria as well as the ability to search for them on a map, and save them in your device. It doesn’t just simply pop open your browser, which is a nice touch. Everything is done within the app. It is free and actively supported. The latest update was on August 26th 2011.

They have setup a website - cgeo.org - dedicated just to this app.

thank you garmin for opencaching.com

Garmin is out to drive GroundSpeak out of business! They just announced opencaching.com, a new free and open website that allows users to create, share, and find geocaches all over the world.

OpenCaching.com will work with any device or software package that can read GPX files, regardless of manufacturer.

This is great news for geocachers but Garmin is also sending some mixed signals since they recently announced a completely closed off device called Garmin Chirp which wouldn’t work with any other hardware but certain Garmin models.

Obviously Garmin needs to reach a critical mass before they get some traction as we’ve found only one cache in all of Phoenix area.

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geocaching with Garmin chirp

Garmin just dropped a small bomb into geocaching world, coming up with a device called Garmin chirp. Chirp is a wireless beacon that is meant to be left in a cache or nearby to alert other Garmin users about its location and give them other hints. It only costs about $23 and has a battery life of about 1 year.

Garmin chirp is password protected and can be programmed with any of Garmin’s wireless capable handheld GPS devices. What you do is set this thing up near a cache and when other geocachers arrive near your cache, they’ll be alerted with a ‘chirp’ possibly, and then they’ll be able to access the hints you’ve programmed into the chirp. The fun part is when you return, Garmin chirp will tell you how many visitors have been to your cache.

Garmin chirp even lets you setup multicache scenarios, so when others arrive at your cache they’ll be able to download coordinates to their next destination.

new android app from geocaching.com

If you’re a big fan of geocaching you’re going to like this news. Geocaching.com, the website that claims to be official GPS cache hunt site, just announced their app for the Android platform (already had an iPhone app).

This is pretty cool if you’ve got a data connection where you are because you can automatically find all the caches around you from the geocaching.com database. It gives you the ability to search by address of GC code, lets you filter results, get many details about the geocache, and of course navigate you to the geocache.

There’s only one problem. It is not free. $10.

new Magellan eXplorists are out

Magellan just updated their eXplorist lineup with three new models. These are Magellan eXplorist 510, Magellan eXplorist 610, and Magellan eXplorist 710.

First off, all three new eXplorists come with a 3″ color touch screen, 3.2MP camera with auto focus, mic, speaker to mark waypoints not only with a dot on a map but also include a photo, some audio, or even some video. It’s like geotagging on steroids.

All of the devices come with preloaded maps which include road network for the U.S., Canada, Western Europe and Australia, as well as water features, urban and rural land use, and a realistic shaded relief background. 510, 610, and 710 are all IPX7 waterproof, offer 16 hours of battery life, a digital almanac, and track summary and area calculation feature.

All of them are great for paperless geocaching. Check out the new models here.

As far as differences between these three models:

  • Magellan eXplorist 510 ($350): base model
  • Magellan eXplorist 610 ($450): add 3-axis electronic compass and a barometric altimeter
  • Magellan eXplorist 710 ($550): add Summit Series topographic map and turn-by-turn maps

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Successor to the GPSMAP 60 series has been leaked. It is the new Garmin GPSMAP 62 series which include GPSMAP62S, GPSMAP62ST, and GPSMAP62STC where C is for Canada.

Rumor has it that we’ll be able to get our hands on the GPSMAP62 series starting this July. The series will keep quad helix GPS antenna and support paperless geocaching, custom maps, BirdsEye aerial imagery, and tri-axial electronic compass and barometric altimeter on some models. They all have a 2.6″ sunlight readable screen, 500MB internal memory, and microSD card slot for expansion.

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10th anniversary of disabling Selective Availability (SA) of GPS signals

About ten years ago selective availability (SA) of GPS signals were disabled to make the super accurate technology open to everyone on earth rather than just the U.S. military. Thanks to that decision made in 2000 today we’re able to find tupperware containers in the woods (geocaching), get turn-by-turn driving directions, geotag our point and shoot photos, and a lot more.

We would like to take this moment to thank immense U.S. military budget for making GPS satellites possible and the Clinton administration for opening the signals for everyone on the planet.

Here you see some charts showing before and after SA removal.

Garmin GPSMAP 78, GPSMAP 78s, GPSMAP 78sc

Garmin just announced three new marine GPS handheld devices. Garmin GPSMAP 78, GPSMAP 78s, and GPSMAP 78sc. Before we go into their differences and unique features let’s go over this newly remodeled series. They all have the same form factor which now has contemporary industrial design with rubber side grips. They can last up to 20 hours on a pair of AA batteries, and all use the HotFix GPS receiver from SiRF. 2.6″ color TFT screen, IPX 7 waterproof, 1.7GB internal memory and microSD card slot are also standard.

  • GPSMAP 78: ($350) base model
  • GPSMAP 78s: ($450) add barometric altimeter, tilt compensated 3-axis electronic compass, wireless unit-to-unit transfer
  • GPSMAP 78sc: ($550) add preloaded maps

You can even also paperless geocaching on all the new GPSMAP 78 models.

Oh and the maps. They all have a built-in worldwide shaded relief basemap and the GPSMAP 78sc adds BlueChart g2 cartography for the coastal U.S.

iPhone EasyTrails GPS

EasyTrails GPS is a GPS tracker for your iPhone. It is designed for outdoor athletes or anyone who may want to track where they’ve been. EasyTrails GPS lets you see the direction and your distance to a target waypoint, alerts with a beep when you’re near one (geocaching anyone?), and even lets you add, import, and export waypoints.

The app exports your tracks in standard formats (GPX, KML/KMZ and CSV) and can be used with a variety of GPS software including Google Maps, Google Earth, SportTracks (Windows) and TrailsRunner (MacOSX)

Magellan eXplorist GC now official

We talked about Magellan eXplorist GC a few days ago - before we got the official word from the company. Now it is announced by Magellan. First off, the price: it is going to cost $200.

It is dedicated to geocaching, and there’s nothing wrong with that. There are a lot of geocaching fans out there and this would give them 100% paperless geocaching. When you buy the device you get 30 days of premium membership to geocaching.com and then you connect the eXplorist GC via USB to your computer and download the caches you want.

That’s it really. Some of the hardware features are the 2.2″ sunlight readable screen, SiRF Star III GPS receiver, and battery that can last up to 18 hours.