The use of the Global Positioning System, known as GPS, has grown a lot in recent years.
Currently, GPS technology can be found in cars, planes, boats, phones and handheld devices, along with numerous other technologies. GPS uses a network of satellites to triangulate and calculate the location of a GPS-enabled device.
Users of this technology have recently created a new use for it: the most advanced scavenger hunt to date.
The new sport, known as geocaching, uses GPS and the Internet to allow for a new kind of treasure hunt, in which players hide a “cache” in the form of a location, box of items or picture, log the GPS location and coordinates and create a search.
Players can find and create new caches on sites such as www.geocaching.com. Geocaching.com has more than 150,000 active caches in 214 different countries, and has an expansive amount of information about strategies and geocaching techniques.
While being able to find a cache’s location through GPS technology may make the search easy, there is much more that meets the eye to geocaching.