My question is, is this something that may be worth the money to have 2-4 around for like objective markers or something? Or is there enough potential for the price to drop on such a thing that we should wait? Or just say screw it, it's for rich folks or people who live for night games only?
I think it's nifty as hell, and it's definitely something I would have in my gear if I had a choice, even if only to keep track of one other thing/person. But for $500 plus the price of the European charger adaptor? Nuh-uh!
Myself and CQBR have looked into these somewhat, and to be honest, they're just way overpriced for what they do. If they cost maybe half as much, it might make sense for a whole team to outfit themselves with them. Even then it would be expensive, but it wouldn't be crazy expensive.
Thor's right. If the guy had set his pricepoint at something a bit more reasonable (Like maybe $250 for a set of two instead) he would definitely have my money by now. I've been following the company since about 6 months before they were even released trying to get a bulk discount and even at 500 units the company is only willing to give you a $10 per unit discount. They're just being greedy at this point.
I'm sure once it's cloned they'll be coming down in prices real quick though. If you really want one, just wait until then. For the night time thing these would be horrible. The glow of the screens would light up like a Christmas tree under NVG's. That and you'd be focusing on your tracker and probably trip over something.
I tried this idea when it was called "Garmin Rino" and it didn't work. Maybe they can do more than the Rino could, but I'm pretty skeptical. Everyone wants a magic widget to tell them that the footsteps on the other side of the wall are friendly or hostile. GPS has trouble delivering better than 5m accuracy without a fixed reference when you're indoors or in deep woods, and so it will never be that magic box.
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Post by Pacman(noobgunner) on Jul 14, 2010 17:14:19 GMT -5
If they weren't so much money, they would make nice little tools for scenario play. One would go to a command of the team, one would be stationary, to represent a target that had to be rescued/retrived, then you could home in on it. Like a downed pilot becon of sort.
But like it's been said, they are WAY too much money for that. I would look into them at $200 for a set maybe.
This thing only shows you a map that DOES NOT rotate. North is always at the top. So unless you rotate it every time you turn your body, then you will have no idea where the other receiver is in comparison to you. It is also modeled after the one used in the movie alien which makes it unrealistic for most situations.
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