DeLorme announces inReach Explorer
When it comes to dedicated GPS navigation devices, this seems to be a sunset industry, considering the navigation capability that smartphones and tablets alike these days sport. Well, I am quite sure that it has ended up as a niche market. Case in point, DeLorme has just unveiled their latest generation of inReach devices, calling it the inReach Explorer, which will target stores some time in early May, where it will builds on DeLorme’s award-winning technology in order to ensure that outdoor adventurers, offshore boaters, hunters, aviators, travelers and workers will be able to remain connected regardless of where they go.
The inReach Explorer is not only able to deliver messaging, tracking and SOS capabilities, it is also capable of letting users view, create or navigate routes and waypoints. There is the presence of an easy-to-follow map view that shows off the various routes, waypoints, tracks and messages geo-located onscreen for backtracking or self-rescue. In addition, a built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer sensors will work in tandem to ensure accuracy while providing heading and bearing information, accurate elevation readings, speed and other useful trip statistics.
Apart from that, DeLorme has also announced the launch of Freedom subscription plans for the entire slew of inReach products, where users will need to pay for the satellite service only when they need it, all on a monthly basis. This ought to make it more attractive, being a Pay As You Use model that will not strain one’s monthly financial burdens.
Michael Heffron, CEO of DeLorme, shared, “inReach Explorer is the first personal satellite communicator to bring together the power of navigation with truly global SOS alerting, GPS tracking and two-way text messaging in one rugged, waterproof device. For people whose recreational activities or work takes them to remote locations without reliable cellular coverage, inReach Explorer is a single, lightweight device that can help them navigate, communicate and seek help in the event of an emergency.” The inReach Explorer will retail for $379 a pop if you’re interested.