Dec 30, 2013 Home Automations
- Wrist-top computer watch with altimeter, barometer, compass, and GPS navigator
- Offer improved, faster GPS fixes for navigating to a spot or hiking a specific path
- Altimeter displays current elevation and vertical ascent and descent rate
- Barometer helps you predict changing conditions; built-in digital compass
- Water-resistant to 330 feet; 3 daily alarms; 2-year warranty
Product DescriptionX10 Military GPS WatchAmazon. com Product DescriptionSmall and lightweight, the Suunto X10M wrist-top computer watch combines an altimeter, barometer, compass, and GPS navigator, making it a terrific companion for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The X10M–which builds on Suunto’s decade of experience in creating cutting-edge outdoor devices–stands above most other wrist-top computers thanks to its improved, faster GPS fixes. Even under heavy foliage, you can use the X10M to plot your treks, navigate to a certain spot, or get back to your car, all while keeping your hands free to hold a hiking stick or water bottle. Once back at home, you can share your treks on Google Earth, or use the Suunto Trek Manager PC software to create new routes and plan new journeys. The Suunto X10M also includes a built-in altimeter, which displays your current altitude and your vertical ascent and descent rate. Accurate to within 30,000 feet, the altimeter is an extremely valuable tool for mountaineering, backcountry skiing, and wilderness travel. The altimeter contributes to your excursion in several ways. If you’re standing on or near an obvious geographic feature, such as a ridge, trail, or creek, the altimeter can alert you to your current elevation and help you find your position on a topographic map. Similarly, if you plan on climbing a slope to a certain elevation and then traversing, the X10M can help you stay on course. And, of course, the X10M captures all your altitude information in its integrated logbook, making it easy to analyze your performance when creating a training routine. The Suunto X10M watch includes an altimeter, barometer, compass, and GPS navigator. The X10M’s barometer, meanwhile, measures and records air pressure to help you predict changing conditions–from sunny skies to hair-bending electrical storms. The barometer helps you decide whether to bring a soft shell or rain shell jacket when the skies look ominous, or even when to high-tail it back to the car. In general, low pressure brings inclement weather, while high pressure brings stability and clear skies. If you’ve arrived at camp and notice the pressure starting to plunge, it’s probably a good idea to secure the tent and crawl in. Likewise, if you’re on a climb, it would be prudent to find shelter and retreat. Even at home, the X10M’s barometer can look beyond office walls, skyscrapers, and nearby hills to help you plan for upcoming activities. And no outdoor watch is worth its salt without a digital compass, a great tool for keeping track of your direction while skiing, hiking, or exploring a new city. Simply point the top of the watch toward your intended destination and lock it in. Other features include an Activity Mode that records your speed, distance, and altitude information, along with any memory points you define along the way; a Track Back mode that guides you back the same way you came; a long-lasting battery; up to 50 routes, 25 tracks, and 500 waypoints; water-resistance up to 330 feet; and all the standard watch functions, including a 12/24-hour display, a stopwatch, a calendar clock, and three daily alarms. As with all Suunto wrist-top computers, the X10M carries a two-year warranty. Specifications: Altitude alarm: Yes Vertical speed: Yes Temperature compensation: Yes User-removable logbook files: Yes Resolution: 1 meter Altitude range: 1,600 to 29,500 feet Logbook function: Yes Stopwatch: Yes Max number of split times in memory: 29 Automatic magnetic declination adjustment: Yes Guided calibration: Yes Heading in degrees: Yes Declination setting: Yes Cardinal directions: Yes Bearing tracking: Yes North-South indicator: North indicator Distance measurement: Yes, via GPS GPS resolution: 3 feet Routes: 50 Speed: Yes Tracks: 25 Waypoints: 500 Water resistance: 330 feet Menu-based user interface: Yes Display: Dot matrix Backlight type: LED Software: Suunto Trek Manager Time: 12/24 hours GPS time synchronization: Yes Calendar clock: Yes Dual time: Yes Daily alarms: 3 Absolute barometric pressure: Yes Weather memory: 7 days Weather alarm: Yes Trend graph: Yes Temperature range: -5 to 140 degrees F Sea level pressure: Yes Battery power indicator: Yes Rechargeable battery: Yes Warranty: 2 years About Suunto Suunto was founded in 1936 by outdoors man and a keen orienteering enthusiast, Tuomas Vohlonen, who had long been bothered by a problem: the inaccuracy of traditional dry compasses and their lack of steady needle operation. Being an engineer with an inventive turn of mind, he discovered and patented the production method for a much steadier needle, better readings, and a new level of accuracy. By 1950 the company was exporting compasses to over 50 countries around the world, including Canada and the United States. In 1952, Helsinki was hosting the Olympic Games, and the torches carried to light the Olympic flame were Suunto products. The next step was improving the stability and accuracy of marine compasses. The first marine compass, the Suunto K-12, was launched onto the market in 1953. In 1957, Suunto started manufacturing hypsometers, which measure the height of trees. In the 1960s, the compass range grew further and Suunto introduced its first diving compass–initiated by the divers themselves. A British sports diver attached a Suunto compass to his wrist and found that the device also worked underwater. Thanks to his feedback and initiatives, the new business category was found. Suunto’s exports and business grew steadily and Suunto then focused on combining its strength in precision mechanics with new skills in electronics. Accuracy, reliability, and ruggedness have been Suunto’s key values from the very beginning of the company history. Today, Suunto is a leading designer and manufacturer of sports instruments for training, diving, mountaineering, hiking, skiing, sailing, and golf. True to its roots, Suunto is today the world’s biggest compass manufacturer. Prized for their design, accuracy and dependability, Suunto sports instruments combine the aesthetics and functionality of watches with sport-specific computers that help athletes at all levels analyze and improve performance. Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, Suunto employs more than 500 people worldwide and distributes its products to nearly 60 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Helsinki-based Amer Sports Corporation with the sister brands Wilson, Salomon, Atomic, Precor, and Mavic.
Suunto X10M Wrist-Top GPS Computer Watch with Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, and GPS
Dec 22, 2013 Energy Talks
Sarah Max writing for Money Magazine, picked up by USA Today and now yours truly has five items plus that you might want to keep mind for those summer projects. Some edits are applied.
First are those Federal rebates. In your local area the money might be gone but here is where to check. The government’s Cash for Appliances program, which lets you score rebates for about $50 to $500 swapping energy guzzling appliances for more efficient models, has gotten lots of attention. Incentives, which are administered through the states, are typically doled out on a first-come, first-served basis, and in many locales the money is already gone. Florida’s program, for example, closed just 36 hours after it opened. But some states, such as Michigan, still had plenty of cash in their coffers at the end of May, and other initiatives didn’t launch until June.
Second is most states offer their own programs too. Even if you can no longer qualify for a Cash for Appliances rebate, you may still be able to get cash back from the more than 600 programs run by utilities and over 100 state programs that offer incentives for boosting your home’s energy efficiency. In Oregon you can get a $75 rebate on an Energy Star washer, and $30 for recycling an old fridge. This is the link to check.
Third is the Feds may come up with two more chances for taxpayers to recover tax payments from federal funds. Through the end of 2010, you can claim a $1,500 federal tax credit for up to 30% of the cost of many energy-related improvements. Cash for Caulkers was passed by the House in May and might soon become law. It would give homeowners hefty rebates on a variety of energy saving projects. Watch for this in the news – no link yet – the Senate and the president have yet to move on the bill.
Fourth – Get out the calculator and think through your choices. Getting cash back might help you justify the purchase of, say, that snazzy new stainless-steel fridge. But other projects may give you greater savings. A comprehensive home energy audit, which will pinpoint your leaks, runs about $400. But some states or utilities conduct basic audits for free or will reimburse some of that cost. It’s well worth the effort to find out to save money but add improved resale value, comfort and personal satisfaction, too.
Fifth, remember that small projects can still pay big. There are plenty of ways to save energy without spending a lot. Every degree you go up or down on your thermostat will knock 2% off your annual heating and cooling costs. Pull a wad of window screen through the clothes dryer vent and be sure the valve is working. Replacing your five most frequently used bulbs with compact fluorescents can lop $70 a year off your energy bill – and the new ones are much better and cheaper than just a couple of years ago. Ditching that old fridge you’ve relegated to the garage for storing extra drinks will save about $200 or more a year – that might justify an appliance upgrade – rebates considered or not. It’s likely the current kitchen unit will be more efficient – move it out there if you must.
Other ideas are as simple as a power strip or surge suppressor strip to mount the chargers – load all chargers there and switch it off when not working. The same applies to the computers. Off isn’t always fully off. Here the costs really add up and they probably do for you, too.
Electricity and natural gas aren’t going to get cheap anytime soon. There are way too many players in the business, statutory, regulatory fields and the attitudes and goals for abundant and cheap are simply not being thought through for consumers. It’s really a consumer “look out for yourself” situation.
With the summer doldrums, vacation and time off, honey do’s there’s probably time now.
One might even get set for adding insulation, replacing windows and doors and considering a heating and air conditioning upgrade. With those insulation and air loss items upgraded a new system might be smaller and cheaper than what’s installed now. Properly sized, a new unit will be more comfortable, making the thermostat adjustments much easier and actually more appropriate for comfort. That and many vendors are getting up to speed with calculating software that far better shows the range of sizing new units.
The resources needed for individuals to get a handle on home energy use have never been better, easier and effective. The savings could be significant, comfort better, and the satisfaction gratifying. It’s a good time to be a conservative.
Author: New Energy and Fuel