““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”
Lost? Not if you have this
Under the "gotta have one" heading comes this little item: a seven-ounce, cellphone-sized satellite tracking device that also serves as an emergency-locator transmitter and allows you to check in with friends and provide them with trip progress reports.
The SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker will work anywhere in the world, according to its Corona, Calif.-based distributor, Aircraft Spruce. "All it needs is a clear view of the sky," says the company. In fact, the firm notes, the device has more functions than government-mandated emergency-locator devices and can be used in flight or on the ground. The unit, manufactured by SPOT Inc. of Milpitas, Calif., operates on two AA batteries and sells for $149.99 at www.AircraftSpruce.com.