Garmin introduces the chirp, a unique wireless beacon designed specifically for the outdoor adventures of geocaching. The affordable chirp is compact, durable and waterproof. It can communicate with, and be programmed by, any compatible wireless-enabled Garmin handheld, such as Oregon, Dakota and the recently announced GPSMAP handhelds, for a more interactive and enjoyable geocaching experience.
Using your compatible Garmin handheld device, chirp automatically transmits program coordinates so other cachers can find each stage of your multicache. The chirp is password-protected so the owner is the only one with programming powers. The device comes with a battery life of up to a year.
The Garmin chirp wireless beacon is priced at $22.99.
Geocaching is a high-tech version of hide-and-seek where participants of all ages explore the outdoors in search of hidden treasure and adventure, and chirp’s wireless interactivity introduces a world of possibilities for creative caches. Experienced cachers will embrace the countless options now available in creating cutting-edge caches, and beginners will appreciate chirp’s features that make those caches easier to find. Simple to use and password-protected, chirp can be programmed by any compatible wireless-enabled Garmin handheld to store geocaching hints and other information. When other geocachers arrive near your cache, they’ll be alerted that the cache is nearby, and then they’ll be able to access the hints you’ve loaded into chirp. And when you return, chirp will tell you how many visitors have been to your cache.