SO­LAR TIME

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Ca­sio’s new GPR-B1000 watch fea­tures what the com­pany says is the world’s first so­lar-as­sisted GPS nav­i­ga­tion. The new unit forms part of Ca­sio’s Range­man line-up that is de­signed for use in the most ex­treme con­di­tions and in­cor­po­rates Ca­sio’s Triple Sen­sor fea­ture to mea­sure com­pass bear­ing, at­mo­spheric pres­sure/ al­ti­tude and tem­per­a­ture.

In ad­di­tion to Triple Sen­sor, the new GPR-B1000 is ca­pa­ble of GPS nav­i­ga­tion, a first for a Ca­sio G-Shock prod­uct. The watch col­lects data from GPS satel­lites to dis­play the cur­rent lo­ca­tion on a route or bear­ing to a des­ti­na­tion, in real-time. It also saves track-and-point data in mem­ory.

The GPR-B1000 can con­nect to a smart­phone via Blue­tooth, us­ing the G-Shock Con­nected app, al­low­ing the user to cre­ate routes or man­age log data. Track-and­point data saved in the mem­ory is dis­played on a 3D map or as a time­line.

The watch fea­tures dual-wire­less and so­lar charg­ing sys­tems. The GPS func­tions are use­able for up to 33 hours on a wire­less charge of about five hours. Even if the bat­tery level drops be­low a use­able level for GPS while out­doors, so­lar charg­ing can be used to re­sume GPS func­tions for a lim­ited time.

The unit de­liv­ers tough­ness in con­struc­tion and ma­te­ri­als, with a dust and mud-re­sis­tant struc­ture and car­bon fi­bre in­sert band. Oh yes, and it can show the time, too. The sug­gested re­tail price is R25 999.

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