May 14, 2007 Garmin have updated their Rino line of two-way GPS radios with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that promises fast acquisition and high accuracy in environments typically disruptive to GPS, like dense forests or deep canyons. The Rino 520HCx and 530HCx feature a patented location-reporting function that uses Family Radio Service (FRS) and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) spectrums to beam your location to other Rino users up to 14 miles away. If you're ever trekking in remote parts of the Amazon (or taking your kids to Disneyland), a Garmin Rino or two could be the paddle for your proverbial "fecal creek" situation.
Both units feature a rugged construction, and are waterproof in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The lithium-ion battery pack provides 14 hours of outdoor use, and enough power to transmit up to 14 miles. The microSD slot allows you to load data cards with detailed maps of areas you plan to be - whether it's in the middle of the city, the Amazon, or the English Channel.
The Rino 530HCx adds a seven-channel weather receiver to alert you of incoming hostile weather, an electronic compass which can tell you what direction you're headed even when you're stationary, and barometric altimeter perfect for climbers.
The 520HCx will retail for US$449.99 and the 530HCx will retail for US$499.99, and both models will be available in June 2007.