Tuesday, May 31th, 2011
by Alex Czartoryski
Cool Tech Gadget for Pretty Much Any Outdoorsman:
Turn Your Smartphone Into a Satellite Communicator
So you're lost in the wilderness. Thoughts of a parched, solitary death are entering
your mind. Well, with the Spot
Connect, you can share these final thoughts on the Internet! (And also save
The Spot Connect is a satellite communicator module that allows you to send Twitter,
Facebook, email and SMS messages from locations without cell service. (No calls,
sorry.) Rather than pairing with a single piece of proprietary hardware, the Spot
Connect pairs with Smartphones to provide a software interface for the little
black communications unit. Simply download the SPOT Connect App onto your Smartphone
(Android or Apple iOS devices — including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) and
SPOT will wirelessly synch via Bluetooth. The SPOT satellite message features are
initiated directly from the app's user interface.
The fun stuff: Messaging, social networking and GPS trail tracking are front and
center in the software, but it will also send out your raw location for emergency
The catch: At $170, which does not include the necessary satellite service subscription
($100 a year, minimum), the Spot Connect is not cheap.
For more information about the SPOT Connect, please visit the
More Information: FindMeSPOT.com website.