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No GPS - But a Webcam Instead...

November 29th, 2008 at 05:07 pm

I remembered the one feature I wanted on a GPS as dh went out the door today to pick one up. I wanted one that would show coordinates for hiking/geo caching and such. I reminded him as much.

When dh got to Fry's he was able to try out the display model. I don't think he had a lot of issues with it, but side by side to the Garmin, it just wasn't near as nice. He also said it was the only one there that didn't have coordinates. (& the Garmin will give you directions to coordinates. Cool!)

So he decided not to pick it up after all. He wants to wait another year for prices to drop and technology to improve. (That's how we usually buy things. We have tons of electronics, but we wait a lot longer than most people and tend to keep things forever). So it looks like we will wait a bit.

No complaints here!

For now we just borrow his mom's anyway. We have it right now.

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In other news, his aunt is moving back to Asia soon (she lived there for decades - and though she has been lucky to be in the States for a couple of years - she is heading back out in 2009. Missionary stuff).

Dh's mom decided the perfect Christmas gift was webcams for everyone, and we should get set up on skype. We've talked about it before, like when the kids were born, but I guess dh's uncle was showing his setup off at Thanksgiving and they have been thinking of better ways to keep in touch across the globe.

So dh picked up a webcam today and has been playing with it all afternoon. IT's actually pretty cool.

It was funny to see Analise's post about skype just as I came online to post this. I have only used it once, today, but I can vouch for it. It's pretty sweet!

Anyway, no GPS as planned. But we have other nifty technology to play with.

I keep thinking back to the video phone concept of years past, and how completely cool this is in comparison.

7 Responses to “No GPS - But a Webcam Instead...”

  1. Analise Says:

    You can bet if I had grand kids, I would get my DDs a webcam to use w/ Skype. It's great fun to see the person you are talking to.

    Your boys will learn some basic Spanish, but you're right about the immersion programs. This is where in-depth learning takes hold because students are forced to use it for daily communication in a variety of contexts.

    In recent weeks I've been observing student teachers in a model two-way immersion program and I just love to hear second and third graders (who speak English-only at home) communicate fluently in Spanish. Kids have such a great capacity for learning languages. Once you learn a second language, it is easier to pick up another.

  2. scfr Says:

    Yea - Skype is great. DH uses it to call customers and family overseas. I forsee "free Autie scfr tutoring via Skype" in my future when my overseas niece & nephew get a bit further along in their studies.

    We finally bought a GPS, after looking for one for well over a year. It will really come in handy on our househunting trip to San Diego. I also ordered a digital camera today ... hoping it will arrive before we leave for our trip. For a semi-Luddite I sure have been acquiring electronic gadgets lately!

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I have Skype installed on my mini-laptop I got recently. It doesn't have a camera, so for Christmas my grandma has already said she's going to get me a webcam. That way when I call my dad/grandma we can both see each other. Smile
    What kind of webcam did you get?

  4. swimgirl Says:

    Love skype!

  5. monkeymama Says:

    FT75 - I am not sure. I was going to grab the box but dh packed it away or something. I will ask him when he wakes up.

    Got some deal on Fry's on a pretty "high quality" one. But his uncle has some "high def" camera which we decided to get after all. I guess it only works (high def) if both users have similar cameras, and that's the one his uncle had and his mom wanted to get. But dh pointed out that everyone but us (since we just bought a new computer) would need to upgrade their computer to be able to use it. Which is kind of silly. BUT my parents are going to get one and so we decided to. It was only $50 on sale, whereas the one dh bought was $40 anyway. We may pay the $10 difference, since it will be a gift.

    It's the Logitech 9000 - dh ordered it on amazon so won't get it for a few days.

  6. monkeymama Says:

    Okay - Microsoft Lifecam VX-5000

    But the Logitech 9000 (if you have a dual core - or quad core- processor) is $50 after rebate, at amazon, through tomorrow.

    The microsoft one runs $40 on sale. Since I am not a video snob, it is good enough for me. Hehe.

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks! I'll have to take a look at the Microsoft one.

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