Operation is very simple. Stand in the area you want to able to find later, press the lock button and then one of the three location buttons and you are done. To get back you press the ‘return’ button and the direction and distance of your destination is shown on the fob’s screen.
Works in a car, but better suited to pedestrian use
The arrow-based display is quite sensitive and is quick enough to adjust its direction as you move along and the unit also tells you if you are going the wrong way. The unit is reactive enough to work on the move say in a car or a boat, but as there are more accurate and sophisticated mapping and location devices available for both of those options, the unit is really best suited to users who are on foot.
The unit is quoted as being accurate to within 10 metres, which, again, is a little conservative. We found it could get quite a bit closer than that. The Ecco’s biggest flaw however, is the difficulty it has in getting a signal in built up areas. The unit works well in the great outdoors and would be a good companion for walkers, horse riders or even drunk revellers trying to find their tent in the middle of a festival. Yet in the town, it struggles and really only ends up being frustrating as it often cannot find a signal.
In the great outdoors the Ecco does provide and an accurate return path. However, the Ecco is not an urban lover and does not provide reliable enough performance to be a real option for the town. Price wise it just squeaks into the acceptable bracket for those who would get a decent level of use out of the product. ®
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There is an App for many other platforms that will record a GPS location. I can do it in internal gps Symbian phones WITHOUT an additional app.
I can also do it on my PDA with GPS without an additional app, I can also do it on my 305.. and my etc...
Though, fair enough your point is a point, but I hate this "There's an App for that" sounding in a way that suggests other platforms don't have the same capabilities currently(/prior).
@ AC: 10:42
That is so true!
And then they will use your GPS in the car to find their way to your place...
With the weird keys they make, wouldn't be too hard to adapt the key to accept a voltage and pass it through to the unit, so it is charged whilst you are driving, and turning it on automatically means you will most likely have a signal when you stop, which would be a problem if you lock your car and expect it to get a fix within seconds (specially since you have just moved your location).
Battery should last ages then, and should only need to run on the battery whilst you are looking for your car...
But GPS doesn't know the direction you are facing, only which way you are moving, and then assumes you are still facing that direction, because of inaccuracies your point whilst stationary can move behind you slightly, so now it thinks you are facing the opposite way, etc, etc
This way, it should be able to point to your car, based on the way you are facing and not moving...
There's an App for that (no, really)
The iPhone App is called G-Park, which strikes me as a hasty rename to get it through the Apple censors. I bet it was another 4 letter word first..