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Rugged GPS watch hits market

Garmin has introduced its 'tactix' rugged GPS navigator and 'ABC' watch, with altimeter, barometer and compass.

Garmin explains that the watch is inspired by requirements of law enforcement and police special ops - for training, exploring and more. The wristwatch boasts an altimeter, barometer, 3-axis compass and GPS tracking for 'precise navigation in the field'.

'tactix' is claimed to withstand the most extreme elements - waterproof to 50 m and can run for up to 50 h in GPS mode. It has a stealth, matte black design with a curved lens and green backlight to ensure that it doesn't flare out with night vision devices or compromise the user’s position. But it is also claimed to be sleek enough to be worn as an everyday timepiece.

The watch has a comprehensive navigational toolset for users to plan trips, create routes and plot up to 1,000 waypoints. A navigation arrow provides directional guidance and a 'TracBack' function can guide users back along a previously recorded track - and users can record GPS bread crumb trails.

The ABC sensors - altimeter, barometer, and compass - can be calibrated by the inbuilt GPS.

The Garmin 'tactix' should be available in the US later this year for $450 (~£280, €330).

For details, see the Garmin link below.

  • 23 October 2013
  • R and D

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