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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.

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