CES 2018 | Casio's latest devices aim to bring smart tech to the outdoors
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Casio announced a few new devices at CES this year, and they all center around the great outdoors.
The first is a new GPS watch. While it lacks the "smart" capabilities of some of Casio's recent offerings, it nonetheless packs quite a bit of tech. The G-SHOCK Rangeman GPS Navi watch, as its name suggests, puts GPS navigation and 3D log mapping on a wearer's wrist. The Rangeman GPS Navi connects via Bluetooth to the user's smartphone and sends mapping data to the G-SHOCK app. Using the app, wearers can also create their own routes, set alarms, change the time, and log travel. The timepiece also brings the usual smattering of G-SHOCK features: Casio's Triple Sensor tech (altimeter/barometer, compass, and thermometer), mud resistance, deep-water resistance, low-temperature resistance, a sapphire glass crystal, and info on tidal and moon phases. The G-SHOCK Rangeman GPS Navi will be available through Casio in April for USD $800.
For those that want more brains in their rugged watch, Casio introduced a limited-edition color of their WSD-F20 Android Wear smartwatch. The WSD-F20WE features a white base coat "inspired by the color of crystalline fluorite." The new color scheme comes with a new watch face for their Android Wear smartwatches, dubbed "Journey." The new watch face displays the wearer's current location underneath an analog-style time display. The watch face can also sync to the wearer's Google Calendar and display a map of upcoming events.
Lastly, Casio is entering the action camera market with the G'Z Eye Action Camera. The GZE-1, Casio's first action cam model, is shock-resistant, waterproof, and dustproof. Casio took design inspiration from its G-SHOCK line of tough watches and Outdoor Recorder line of outdoor digital cameras. There's sparse information on the more pertinent specs, such as resolution, color profile, lens type, and battery runtimes, but Casio may release more information in the near future.
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