+Woodstramp Posted October 24, 2011 Share Posted October 24, 2011 I'd be interested in how you folks have found unexpected, non-caching related, uses for your GPS units. Personally, I came to caching while researching online about a handheld that I bought for fishing, hunting and hiking. Since that time I've found that I use a GPS for a good bit more and that I use it way more than I would have ever thought. Examples: I'm a history buff, whether it's US, World or family history. Handhelds are great for marking this kind of stuff. I catalog and digitize family pics and include location notes with corresponding pics. That way, future family members can see who was in the pic, but can also see where....and find these places. Guess you call it backwards geocoding. An example here: My kids have never been to the family farm where thier grandmother was born. I find it on something like Acmemapper or Google Earth and now they can just drive to the farm one day just using the pic and notes. They recall me talking about a great swimming hole in Texas, they will be able to take thier kids there too one day. Also, I know the counties around here like the back of my hand, but I still use a Nuvi car unit just about every day. It's not that I don't know the area, it's that these road routing units are great for time management while doing every day commutes. For instance....I am on the way to work...forgot I need an auto part, hammer or whatever....just do a Goto to work...estimated ETA....Nuvi tells me I can get to work with 30 minutes to spare....add an auto parts dealer or Lowes in as a via and goof off time at that store can easily be seen. I am rarely late for work. Another observation. I can't remember how many (non-GPS using) folks have told me that using these things will make your brain lazy and make you forget how to even get around without one. Mentioned earlier that I know my areas like the back of my hand. I'd say that GPS has made me even more situationally aware that before. Would like to hear other unintended uses you may have found. Quote Link to comment
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