'InReach SE - has done well since its introduction in July 2013'
DeLorme's inReach SE is another product which has been honoured with a Pittman Innovation Award in the field of electronics. The Awards annually recognised innovative gear for sailors. The inReach SE (screen edition) is an extraordinarily versatile handheld GPS tracker and global two-way Iridium satellite messenger.
The color screen provides easy access to all functions, including a virtual keyboard on which you can type 160-character messages to friends and family, or to search and rescue personnel you may have alerted via the SOS button.
The device supports Twitter and Facebook posts with map links, and allows you to connect via Bluetooth to your Apple or Android mobile device, where DeLorme's Earthmate app can not only log all your messages and tracks, but display them on worldwide maps and U.S. charts.
The SE can also send GPS data to other charting apps, and its lithium battery, USB charger, and a choice of RAM mounts makes an always-on boat setup easy.
Finally, the DeLorme Explore web portal keeps a complete history of your inReach use and lets you create a custom ShareMap where friends can follow your voyaging and stay in touch.
The product was introduced in June 2013 and has significant success in other awards.
· Miami International Boat Show NMMA Innovation Award
· METS DAME Award
· West Marine Hot Pick
· Backpacker 2012 Editor’s Choice
· Outside Magazine Gear of the Show
· Gear Junkie Best of Show
· National Geographic Adventure Gear of the Year
· CES Innovation
· Popular Science Best of What’s New
· Occupational Health & Safety New Product of the Year
From $300. Delorme, inreachdelorme.com, well worth a look when you are in acquisition mode.
About the Pittman Innovation Awards:
Every year since 1996, the Pittman Innovation awards, sponsored by SAIL magazine, recognize outstanding new products created by a sailing industry that remains forever fresh in its thinking.
by Lee Mylchreest
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