Check it out - An eTrex in a watch

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Check it out - An eTrex in a watch

Post by noikmeister » 13 July 12 12:09 pm

http://www.ja-gps.com.au/Garmin/fenix/

Except it does paperless geocaching somehow!

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Post by quiet1_au » 14 July 12 9:30 am

noikmeister wrote:http://www.ja-gps.com.au/Garmin/fenix/

Except it does paperless geocaching somehow!
Neat! I need a new watch :mrgreen: I was hoping they might produce a cheaper one that would interface in with your existing GPS somehow to provide a remote display without all the complexities of inbuilt GPS to allow for stealthy caching. ;) Presuming it syncs with GPS time it should be a very accurate time piece :)

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Post by quiet1_au » 14 July 12 11:07 am

"Battery life is rated at 50 hours in GPS mode or 6 weeks in watch mode." Oh.... I knew there had to be a catch... ](*,)

"Get accurate readings on your location no matter ... how dense the foliage is around you." Oh really? That's I'd like to see! :P I'm presuming they meant compared to being lost in a forest with no idea where you are, rather than they've solved the under canopy GPS reception problems...

You could DIY... http://farm1.staticflickr.com/36/103029 ... 62d009.jpg :P


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Post by noikmeister » 14 July 12 12:45 pm

quiet1_au wrote:"Battery life is rated at 50 hours in GPS mode or 6 weeks in watch mode." Oh.... I knew there had to be a catch... ](*,)
You see that as a catch? It is a GPS in the shape of a watch, not a watch with a GPS in it. I actually thought that the battery life was pretty good.

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Post by Richary » 14 July 12 6:02 pm

I've got a Garmin Foretrex floating around somewhere. That sat happily on the wrist and I could change the display so it looked like a large watch. Useful for those caches that require both hands free to climb a hill or something.

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Post by Pesky! » 17 July 12 1:34 pm

quiet1_au wrote:"Battery life is rated at 50 hours in GPS mode or 6 weeks in watch mode." Oh.... I knew there had to be a catch... ](*,)

"Get accurate readings on your location no matter ... how dense the foliage is around you." Oh really? That's I'd like to see! :P I'm presuming they meant compared to being lost in a forest with no idea where you are, rather than they've solved the under canopy GPS reception problems...

You could DIY... http://farm1.staticflickr.com/36/103029 ... 62d009.jpg :P


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Awesome!
I just got the android version! from Toshiba...
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/D ... directlink
( shown running cache sense navigation screen)


But seriously, there are a couple of open source watches that may be able to be coded to do what you suggest....
the one I have been reading about is the Pebble... bluetooth interface to your android or Iphone, with a programmable apps for the interface....
could be a new market for those clever apps designers amongst us.

here is a link..
http://getpebble.com/

they are a lot less than $400.00 too.

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Post by noikmeister » 17 July 12 1:49 pm

Pesky! wrote:
Awesome!
I just got the android version! from Toshiba...
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/D ... directlink
( shown running cache sense navigation screen)


But seriously, there are a couple of open source watches that may be able to be coded to do what you suggest....
the one I have been reading about is the Pebble... bluetooth interface to your android or Iphone, with a programmable apps for the interface....
could be a new market for those clever apps designers amongst us.

here is a link..
http://getpebble.com/

they are a lot less than $400.00 too.
Good luck getting 50 hours of battery life out of that setup. Bluetooth sucking down your phone battery and the watch battery. It is rather cool though.

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Post by Alansee » 17 July 12 4:24 pm

noikmeister wrote:http://www.ja-gps.com.au/Garmin/fenix/

Except it does paperless geocaching somehow!

I'd like to know where they hide the magnifying glass. Seriously.

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Re: Check it out - An eTrex in a watch

Post by quiet1_au » 18 July 12 8:45 am

Alansee wrote:
noikmeister wrote:http://www.ja-gps.com.au/Garmin/fenix/

Except it does paperless geocaching somehow!

I'd like to know where they hide the magnifying glass. Seriously.

There is very little (well no) detailed info on the Fenix - does it have a user-replacable battery? micro-SD expansion? (I suspect not) Is the 6 weeks between charging in watch mode with it running 24 hours a day or switched off at night? Spare me the marketease Garmin, just give me the tech specs! (Yes I'm a techie :wink: )


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Re: Check it out - An eTrex in a watch

Post by noikmeister » 18 July 12 8:49 am

quiet1_au wrote: There is very little (well no) detailed info on the Fenix - does it have a user-replacable battery?
It says it is a rechargeable lithium.

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Post by The Explorer » 19 July 12 10:47 am

quiet1_au wrote:
There is very little (well no) detailed info on the Fenix

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Some specifications are on the Specs page on JA link provided by OP.

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Post by akkatracker » 19 July 12 7:05 pm

noikmeister wrote:http://www.ja-gps.com.au/Garmin/fenix/

Except it does paperless geocaching somehow!
It is chirp compatible
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID ... pvID=75243
If it is paperless (as the garmin website says) then I will consider buying one. What GPS chip does it have?

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