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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: November 12, 2010 @ 11:25 am

    Tech Tools: GPS Goggles

    Ciara O'Brien

    Traversing ski slopes can be tricky. However, Zeal’s latest set of ski goggles makes it easier to stay on the right track. They make look almost like an average pair of ski goggles, but Transcend GPS glasses have a built-in GPS which displays information on a mini LCD screen in the goggle.

    The major benefit of this is that you won’t have to mess about with handheld GPS systems. The information includes location, temperature, altitude and distance covered, along with a vertical odometer and stopwatch.

    If you want to keep track of your stats, a USB connection allows you to hook the device up to a PC or Mac and download the data to analyse it.

    The rechargeable battery will give you about seven hours of power – plenty of slope time. The goggles are also available with polarised lenses, and polarised and photochromatic/ transitioning lenses.


    • The Swish Arthouse in Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland, has just launched The Swish GPS Tracker for persons with Dementia, Alzheimers, Atusim, Down Syndrome. Neat Matchbox Size GPS and free to Air. A pocketsize device that can be contacted and located with a call from a mobile phone. The device will then send a text message to a phone with the longitude and latitude co-ordinates of exactly where the device is and its owner, live and in real time. The Swish GPS Tracker is the perfect protection for persons in vulnerable situations. You can ring the tracker and it will return exact information on the location of the person in distress. There is also a panic SOS button which will send a ‘Help me’ text to your phone with the longitude and latitude co-ordinates. The Swish GPS Tracker can also double as a monitor too, with an embedded microphone that allows users to listen in live to within three metres of the tracker. The Swish GPS Tracker works in reverse to a mobile phone, in that you can proactively decide when to monitor a situation that is unique to yourself. The key here is that there is no monitoring fee, no contract or monthly subscription fee. after the initial purchase there are No extra costs.