03. 25. 2009
Anyone who knows me knows I have no sense of direction at all. They shudder in fear when we end up in gigantic parking lots which designate spaces something like this: "Galactica Building 13D, level 8, color rose, section lemon, aisle 19, row 799, space 17837a 12 rose." Coupled with the fact that I'm always running late, there's no time to jot down those complicated space designations. Result? At least half an hour of running around looking for the car, and once or twice, a false report to the police about my stolen car.
I also have to admit to being one of those obnoxious people who intentionally hits the alarm button on my car remote just so I can find my car. And there's a dog-paw ornament on my radio antenna, another distinguishing mark. And still I spend far too much time looking for my car. One day I will invent the ultimate car finding gadget.
For now, though, there's the little key-chain sized GPS Homing Device. This simple little device has just one function: it helps you find your way back to where you came from. It has a real GPS chip that locks down your location within 5 yards and when you're ready to go back, an on-screen arrow works with the built-in compass to guide you back. It's great for campers (not me), concert-goers looking for their seats after a beer run, or finding your blanket on the beach. I should never go anywhere without one.
Best part? Unlike the spy-gadget GPS devices that you attach to cars of suspected philanderers or teenagers, there's no setup, no service plan, no need to look up the location through the Internet (not that I know anything about those invasive spy devices, of course).