A Global Positioning System or GPS is one of the most fun technical gadgets available on the market today. They are now available to anyone who has the means to buy them. Some may ask why they would need a GPS.
The fact is, your GPS can help you in more ways that you realize and it's quite amazing what this device can actually do for you. Have you ever been driving around, knowing your in the right vicinity, but you can not, no matter how hard you try, find the street address of where you needed to be five minutes ago? Or taken a wrong turn somewhere and not know how to get back to where you started from? This little gadget can change all that for you and make your driving days easier. From satellites, the GPS can hone in on your location and tell you exactly where you are and how to get to a certain location. This is especially great for anyone who works out of their vehicle, such as a salesman or real estate agent.
There are many things a sportsman could use the GPS for, as well. Not only finding the location of the deer he thinks he may have shot, but also to find his favorite fishing hole he has trouble locating each year. A hunter or fisherman will never have to worry about getting lost in the woods or on the water again, as long as they carry a GPS with them.
A GPS is also wonderful for a landscape photographer. The GPS will be able to help them to return to a scene in case that first shot didn't come out the best. The GPS will also allow them to work in a timely and efficient manner, by planning out their trek each day in advance.
Keeping track of their mileage is also an added benefit. The health enthusiast may use the GPS to trek their daily route and check how far they have walked or run, as well as how fast. Not only will it keep track of all this for them, they will not have to worry about excising too much or too little by guessing how far they've gone.
This works great for the cyclist, as well. The GPS will help them not only to keep track of where they are going, but how far they have left to get to the top of a steep hill and if they have a guidebook or map with them, the GPS will let them know exactly where they are on the route and let them know if the map is correct. The GPS is a great tool for anyone, including the teacher who is working to teach their class geography, maps, and navigation. There are several ways the GPS can be used in the class room. Set up a treasure hunt to find items listed only by the digital location or play hide-and-seek, only having the location of the hidden known by the student with the GPS.
The GPS will not only teach a child about maps and navigation, but it will allow them to learn while having fun. Of course, while most of these uses are from the average person, the fact is that GPS has become a very necessary part of our lives. The system is used by many to not only save lives, but to safeguard others, as well. The GPS in your vehicle or cell phone can help someone to find you if you're missing. Ambulance crews and fire departments use the GPS to make sure they get to the location of an emergency. Construction crews use the GPS to navigate equipment, even if visibility is low and the military uses for the GPS are endless.
The GPS has added a way for everyone, the average person to the military fighter pilot to navigate the world in which they live in.
Hunter Crowell is a researcher, marketer, & a geocacher. He is also the creator of GPS Navigation, a web site setup to help people find useful and accurate information related to global positioning systems. Visit his site at http://www.GPS-explained.info