I live near the mountains in Utah. I’m not sure if you’ve ever been adventuring in the mountains, but cell service is almost non-existent, especially the higher up you go. This is also true at many national parks, including Zion, which we visited this summer.
As you go on hikes or camping, sometimes the group can get separated. Often this is on purpose, as some in the group might get tired and want to head back, or some might just be faster than the others. To solve this issue Lynq has introduced a new kind of compass.
Kind of like Captain Jack Sparrow’s compass, this one does not find north. It finds the other people that have the device. It uses GPS signals to do so, which allows it to work in many places where cell service won’t.
The devices are waterproof and include a clip in the design so it’s easy to attach them to anything. These don’t just need to work when you are out in the mountains though.
I can see applications for parents who want to keep track of their kids or any other adults (like special needs or elderly) that may need tracking. The Lynq could be a great smartphone alternative if you still want to keep track of where your kids are. Since I haven’t tried it myself, I don’t know the answer to this yet, but it would be great if there was an accompanying app that could just tell me the location of each Lynq device instead of guessing based on the direction and how far away they are.
However, I could also see these working great at busy theme parks like Disneyland or on a cruise where cell service is really non-existant. Either way, I definitely can’t wait to give these a try.
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com