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Los Angeles Times

As seen in the Los Angeles Times on December 15, 2008:

Gifts for Exercisers and Outdoor Enthusiasts

By Roy Wallack

Spot Satellite Personal Tracker

Safety first. This device, using GPS and Spot's network, ensures that people can find you -- or at least find where you were just before you dropped into a hole. It tracks you in real time via Google Maps, so your loved ones can "watch" you, and it can send three types of messages: a regular "I'm OK" to a predesignated e-mail address, an "I need assistance" alert to the same, and has a 911 "help" button that goes to the Coast Guard or a search-and-rescue or other group. It retains your route history, posting your location on a website every 10 minutes. The device floats, handles temperatures down to 40 degrees and works in North America, Europe and Australia, and some of South America, Africa and Asia.

-Wallack is an Irvine-based health and fitness writer.

The New York Times

As seen in The New York Times on December 2, 2008:

Venturing Beyond a Compass and Map

By Ian Austen 

SPOT Satellite Messenger

Unlike conventional GPS devices, the Spot Satellite Messenger (also known as Personal Tracker; $170, findmespot.com) does not give directions. Instead, it tracks its user’s location and sends family and friends automated text or e-mail updates. If necessary, the device can alert up to 10 people that a user needs nonemergency assistance; another feature acts as a global 911 service for true emergencies. The Spot requires an annual subscription of $100 to $158, depending on services. 

Network World 2008 Hoiday Gift Guide Review

Check out Network World's 2008 Holiday Gift Guide to read about the 5 star "Cool Yule" Rating that the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Received. Click here!

2008 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award

wsjAwardThe Wall Street Journal recently announced that SPOT Satellite Messenger has received the prestigious 2008 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the Consumer Electronics category. This marks the sixth industry award for SPOT since being introduced in November of 2007. The Wall Street Journal received more than 700 entries to be considered for the Innovation Awards. Judges looked for innovations that broke new ground in their field and demonstrated a measurable impact. Only four percent of the entries received the final award in 19 different categories. A full list of this year’s winners can be viewed here. Click here to read more.

A Mission Critical Bunker: GEOS

Check out how cool this is! Your emergency coordinator for SPOT, GEOS, houses its operations in an underground bunker near Houston, Texas that is a throw-back to nuclear threat times. That means that you are backed by a search and rescue coordinator that is there for you no matter what. Click here to read more.

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