Travelers Find Your Way Back: The GPS Homing Device

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If you are afraid you might not find your way back to your hotel, or the birds will eat the breadcrumbs you left, don’t fear. There’s a GPS device that can help you get back to home base. This electronic bread crumb device is the simplest portable GPS locating device available. It only has two buttons: one for switching on your compass mode and another for setting up to three starting points.

How does it work? You simply push a button as you leave your car or a hotel. The device marks the location. And when you are ready to go home, it points the way back.  The advanced GPS receiver chipset provides a high degree of accuracy—within five yards—in urban canyons or heavily forested environments.

Photo Source: Hammacher Schlemmer

The device counts down the distance (in yards, miles, meters, or kilometers) as you approach your starting point. And the self-calibrating digital compass displays your heading in degrees to indicate what direction to go with an easy-to-read arrow.

It’s not much extra to carry, at half the size of a cell phone. The compact receiver fits easily on a keychain, in a pocket, or in a purse. The backlight button illuminates the display for easy reading in low light conditions. It also remembers your waypoints when powered off. Weather resistant. Requires two AAA batteries. 3 1/4″ L x 2″ W x 3/4″ D. (2 oz.) I know that when I get out of my car and park it at the airport- I won’t have to worry that I won’t be able to find it when I get back – because I have my electronic bread crumbs to help!

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