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.