You’ll never be off the grid again

SPOT Connect is a device that will soon be available for all, whether or not you want to be located or not.  Available by the end of January for $169.99, the device connects the user’s smartphone to a global satellite network, allowing the user to be reachable and on the grid no matter where they are.  Now people can post the pictures they take on their vacation to the inner depths of the Amazon to Facebook in seconds.  This device may be the result of the social network captivated society we live in, but it is a very practical device, especially for travelers.  The key functions of SPOT Connect (besides connecting users to their favorite social networks) are a direct result of its connection to the global satellite network and include:

1) an SOS feature: Emergency assistance request sent with your GPS location to GEOS every 5 min until batteries die or until cancelled The GEOS International Emergency Response Center alerts the appropriate agencies worldwide – for example contacting 9-1-1 responders in North America and 1-1-2 responders in Europe.

2) a Help feature: Request help from friends and family every 5 min for 1 hour. Up to 10 contacts via SMS & email

3) Check in/OK function: Send a pre-defined message allowing your friends and family know that all is OK along with your GPS location. With a push of a button a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account.

4) Track Progress Function: This feature allows you to send and save your location and allow contacts to track your progress in near real time using Google Maps. With your SPOT account you have the ability to set up a SPOT Shared Page which allows you to show your SPOT GPS locations to others on a Google Map.

The importance of this device lies in its ability to connect people no matter what.  Now we can go anywhere in the world without the fear or becoming inaccessible or stuck.  The world really is becoming a smaller place with technology like this.  The benefits for safety and security are also great and this device could become a staple for adventure seeking tourists that travel to remote and possibly dangerous locations.  The company released a promotional video for the device that highlights its key features.

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  1. Kari Silver
    Posted January 29, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    When I started reading this, I was first reminded of the new feature on Facebook that lets people sign into places and let’s others know where they are. I always thought this feature was kind of creepy, letting everyone know where you are. But now that you bring up this device, I can actually see a positive side to it. It does seem like it would be a good idea in terms of safety and getting help!

  2. Vanessa Ford
    Posted January 29, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Yeah it’s sort of funny how we just make more technology to deal with the inadequacies of existing technology.

  3. Calvin Ho Fung Cheng
    Posted January 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Only downside to this is that a smartphone would be the first thing that gets stolen from a person. The service is based on the safety of a person, so implementing it on a valuable device isn’t the best option (however it is the only one so far). Maybe we’ll see this being implemented within our bodies in the near future.

    I can see some crazy parents (or partners/spouse) calling the police when their kid/significant other accidentally drops their phone in the toilet and it fails to report a signal.

  4. Kari Silver
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    That’s a good point, but on the flip side if someone loses their phone or it get stolen I suppose it would also be easier to track down the person who stole it?

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