Rand McNally Launches first Outdoor GPS Packed with Content

Rand McNally Launches first Outdoor GPS Packed with Content
U.S. Map and GPS navigation maker Rand McNally today unveiled their first outdoor handheld GPS device, the Foris 850 that will be on the shelves in April for $399.

The Foris 850 features a 3" touchscreen (240 x 400 pixels), barometer and compass sensors, and 8 GB of internal memory. It runs on two AA batteries (included) and a bike mount is also offered in the box.

The device is built on a hardware and software developed by Germany-based United Navigation (Falk Outdoor) with North American content unique to Rand McNally.

The handheld GPS will ship with contour maps and more than 5 million miles of U.S. roadways and trails on board the device. This including Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, U.S. National Park Service trails, National Forestry hiking trails and multi-purpose trails, U.S. National Wildlife Refuge trails, State Park trails, and the national hydrographic dataset, among others.

There are also millions of relevant points of interest including attractions, recreation areas, campgrounds and Rand McNally proprietary POIs. Geoaching POIs are also included through a partnership with Geocaching.com.

Foris users also get access to Trailhead, the Rand McNally web portal where they can download, store, and view their hikes and rides.

The Foris 850 integrates routing and turn-by-turn voice guided navigation on trails as well as roads. “it will even create navigable routes from "breadcrumb" trails that the user creates via the TrackNav feature.“ said Rand McNally.

The device also has an interesting feature called “Loop Me!“ that creates a looped trail with the same starting and ending point, based on the user's preferred time or distance for the outing - as well as options for a hilly or flat route.

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013

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