We all know about geocaching, right? It’s that interesting mix of GPS technology and old-style treasure hunting. Armed with a set of coordinates, a GPS receiver, and maybe some clues, geocachers look for the goodies previously hidden by others. The GPS is a pretty key part of the whole thing and Garmin has sensed the opportunity for a specialty device to serve the activity.
The Garmin Chirp is an electronic beacon that can send data to Garmin GPS units to guide searchers toward the cache and offers clues to help them find it once they’re close. Its transmission range is about 10 meters and once found it is the electronic version of the traditional logbook, recording visitors to your cache. It’s waterproof and has a battery life of up to a year. Password protection assures that you’ll be the only person who can program it. And at $22.99, Garmin is hoping you’ll be okay with leaving it hidden out in the woods for a while.