I ran across a post on Garmin's new device called a "Chirp" which prompted me to check out Garmin's website on this interesting little device. The Chirp is designed specifically for geocaching which quite possibly a first for Garmin. The website claims that this little transmitter can broadcast cache hints for puzzles/multis and could also be used for mult caches where you can "broadcast" waypoints for each stage of the multi. This little transmitter is supposedly water proof and can be placed just about anywhere and will broadcast hints or coordinates when a specific Garmin GPS unit gets within 30 feet of the Chirp. I has a small lithium watch battery that supposedly has a life of about a year. The Chirp only works with the Garmin Oregon and GPSMap 62 series of GPS units only and will work if you down load the update for your Oregon or 62. I just did this yesterday to my Oregon 400C.
My take on the Chirp is that it turn the fun factor way up on doing mutlis and puzzles. Finding puzzles and multis with the Chirp in place would give you instant verification when trying to find these harder cache types. The downside is that it works with very few GPS units AND like anything else we put out in the field, it could "disappear".
So, you have my $1.25 on the subject, now its your turn to weigh in. My question to the group is what do you think about this new Garmin Chirp? Do you see this as cutting edge, revolutionze the sport type gadge OR a flash in the pan, one hit wonder type gadget that wont really cache (catch) on. IF you like this device, besides setting it up for multis, what other applications do you see this Chirp being used in the geocaching?
UPDATE: STAR DATE 113010 - I did my first chirp cache! This is a new multi in the Magnolia neighborhood. The cache is GC2JQXK Birds and Frogs put out by Gpops. You should check this one especially if you have a Garmin unit that has the ability to "hear" the chirp. Rentonians, be aware, I see a chirp cache in your near future!