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Instant Geocaching (for fun and profit)

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on January 31, 2006

If you live in the South West US (and Texas), and have a GPS, you can make a bundle tracking down fallen balloon wireless repeaters.

Space Data’s SkySites are weather balloons with cellular repeaters that provide mobile communications to desert areas – but they don’t stay up long. As they’re expensive beasties, they radio where they’ve landed to their replacements. The company then posts an approximate location on its web site – where local geocachers can reserve the detailed coordinates of a specific device for 48 hours, enough time to head out into the desert, find the balloon, and claim their bounty.

Apparently one chap made $10,000 last year…

link via Engadget


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  1. anonymous said,

    Hmm I was also impressed from what I’ve read.It’s really interesting that you can track such things only with your cellular phone.
    Cara Fletcher

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