GPS gadgets lead users on new adventures
By Kari Huus
A high-tech gadget that appeals to the inner nerd, it also prompts the user to get off the couch and into the great outdoors. A GPS gadget can be a catalyst for family outings, but also a hip present for teens who want no part of parents and siblings. It’s even, potentially, educational.
That’s because these hand-held navigation systems are not just helpful for finding the way from point A to B but an entrée into the world of 21st century treasure hunting, known as geocaching.
At one time limited to technology buffs, the appeal of geocaching has widened with the availability of cheaper, more easy to use GPS devices.
“I get e-mail from people saying they’ve reconnected with their kids, they’ve lost weight, that they are getting more exercise,” says Jeremy Irish, founder of the Web site geocaching.com. “The idea is that technology doesn’t mean you have to be chained to your entertainment system at home.”