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GPS Navigation Devices Assure You Have No Excuse To Be Lost

Jun 27, 2008
One of the biggest cop outs of the 20th century above the old faithful dog ate my homework is the I got lost declaration. Although with the advent of cellular phones that excuse has eroded to only the truly tricky locations to find. Soon, there will be no excuse to be late due to directions, traffic or getting lost thanks to the innovation of GPS Navigation devices.

In colonial times, explorers such as Christopher Columbus and Magellan frequently mistook their arrival for their destination. Of course, Columbus accidentally discovered the Caribbean and was later credited with discovering a land he never discovered called America. Magellan, on the other hand, was so successful, now a GPS manufacturer has carried his namesake on their products.

There is a reason we have so many grand landmarks and monuments...people got lost! In early times, the stars were our point of reference in a roundabout way to find where in the world you were located. Now, for a $100 you can get a handy little receiver that not only can tell you where you are at any place on earth, but also fits in your pocket where that old calculator and pocket protector used to fit. As long as you have clear view of the sky, youll never miss that interview again, and, subsequently, now youll have to reschedule because your meeting ran late or some other 21st century alibi.
If youre not a directions person, navigation devices can offer you street level mapping to assist in pinpointing your destination. Should you need to stop along the way for gasoline, food, government buildings, or other points of interest, maps can be preloaded or downloaded from internet sources wherever WiFi signal is available. Now you can recycle all of your old road maps.

A variety of GPS features and options are available including type of device. Recreational GPS can be dash mounted or carried in a pocket, purse or backpack perfect for biking, hiking or where ever you need a lightweight solution. Most Automotive GPS systems are designed to be installed in the vehicle and give voice directions to prevent you from being distracted by looking at mapping data while driving. Many also incorporate touch screens and other mounting options. For boating or other marine vessels, Marine GPS systems are generally waterproof and rugged and may even float should you accidentally lose them overboard. Onshore and offshore maps and plotting functions are available. But why even buy a special device when the latest model cell phones are coming with GPS functions? Many phones offer turn by turn directions and are web enabled to allow for limited map storage yet instant access to map updates as they are immediately available.
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