CES: Garmin Colorado Features Groundspeak's Wherigo Software
Jan 4, 2008
Groundspeak's Wherigo, a platform for creating and playing back location-based multimedia in the real world, is now available on Garmin's latest generation of handheld GPS devices, dubbed Colorado, the company said Thursday.
Groundspeak is the same company behind the Geocaching.com Web site, as well as sister sites Waymarking.com and Wherigo.com.
Garmin unveiled a host of new navigation devices this week ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show, slated for Las Vegas, Nevada, next week. Among the many PNDS it is rolling out, the company is also debuting its Colorado series of handheld GPS devices for outdoor, marine and fitness enthusiasts. The Colorado series devices feature Garmin's Rock 'n Roller wheel that enables users to move among the devices' functions with just one hand, the company says.
As for the Wherigo platform, Wherigo authors can build interactive adventure games, historical tours and other activities for Wherigo players to enjoy outdoors, according to Groundspeak. Wherigo combines physical and virtual elements, overlaying story lines and useful information onto a real-world background, according to the company. Using a Wherigo-enabled GPS device, players can visit physical locations, take and use virtual items, interact with virtual characters and solve real-world puzzles, according to the company.
"Wherigo was created to be the next generation platform for location-based entertainment," said Jeremy Irish, Groundspeak president and CEO. "The partnership between Groundspeak and Garmin demonstrates a commitment to delivering game-changing technology for customers. We hope that Garmin's adoption of the Wherigo platform will inspire GPS enthusiasts around the world to create new experiences for others to share."
The Garmin Colorado also includes a comprehensive geocaching application supporting Geocaching.com's geocache file format. It also boasts a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, shaded-relief and satellite imagery mapping, and vibrant color 3-inch high-res screen, Garmin says. It can also accommodate the wireless exchange of tracks, waypoints and geocaches between units.
The Colorado series includes:
- the Colorado 400t, that gives hikers a 3D elevation perspective and comes preloaded with U.S. topographic maps.
- the Colorado 400i, that offers anglers shoreline details, depth contours and boat ramps for U.S. inland lakes and navigable rivers.
- the Colorado 400c , that provides chart coverage for the coastal U.S. and Bahamas.
- the Colorado 300, that features a worldwide basemap with shaded relief.