March 23, 2010
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On Monday Magellan announced it is coming out with a new GPS device dedicated for geocaching. Called eXplorist GC, Magellan says the unit will be shipping in April at a retail price of $200. The unit includes out-of-the-box paperless geocaching, pre-loaded with the most popular geocaches in the world, a color screen, rich graphics and an easy-to-use interface all packed into a waterproof device. It also has multiple fun and familiar graphics, such as smiley faces for logs and merit-based awards to show off your geocaching expertise. The unit connects seamlessly to geocaching.com.

What’s geocaching? It’s a high-tech version of a “treasure hunt,” where adventure seekers use GPS technology to hide and find physical objects, solve location-based puzzles, and share experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people of all ages and promotes a strong sense of community and support for the environment.

Two AA batteries power the eXplorist GC, and Magellan says it can provide up to 18 straight hours of outdoor adventure along with a highly sensitive SiRFstarIII GPS chipset that provides 3-meter accuracy. Geocachers can easily mark finds and quickly add field notes. Additionally, the product comes pre-loaded with common outdoor GPS features such as waypoint creation, a worldwide basemap, active tracking and trip odometer.

The unit will ship with a USB cable and 2 lithium disposable AA batteries. With the purchase of a Magellan eXplorist GC, customers will receive a 30-day free premium membership to www.geocaching.com. Details and conditions of this offer are available at magellangps.com/exploristgc.


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