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Locosys announces Speed GPS GX-52

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Created by sailquik > 9 months ago, 9 Jan 2015
sailquik
VIC, 4220 posts
10 Jan 2015 1:20AM
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At long last we have a viable alternative to replace the GT-31!

5hz or 1hz data logging of Doppler speed, positional data, accuracy data with full Speed Genie feedback in a compact form.

Battery Life 8 hrs. USB download and charging. 6 hrs recording capacity at 5hz. 33 hrs at 1hz.

Must be worn in a waterproof bag! Price the same as the old GT-31. Available February.



More details to follow

fangman
WA, 808 posts
9 Jan 2015 11:58PM
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You beauty! At last :-)

WazzaYotty
QLD, 300 posts
10 Jan 2015 2:08AM
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fangman said..
You beauty! At last :-)


but still not waterproof? That's a real shame.

scottydog
208 posts
10 Jan 2015 12:34AM
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Not owning the previous model what is the improvement over the old one?

JHdeBruin
32 posts
10 Jan 2015 12:54AM
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"As promised we have some interessting news on the GPS Devices. Last month we discussed some scenario's for the succesor of the GT-31. Today the developer of the GT-31 has announced the GW-52. The products is not yet on the market, but will be there very soon (February 2015) . Our tech guys did some testing with beta's devices in an earlier stage, and besides some minors we expect that the GW-52 will be fully approved for GPS-Speedsurfing.com.

So that's good news for everybody who is looking for a replacement for the GT-31 or wants to buy a new device to start GPS Windsurfing.... We will keep you posted in the next weeks about the official release date, availability & approval !"

www.gps-speedsurfing.com


www.gps-speedsurfing.com/default.aspx?mnu=forum&forum=6&val=79769

ArmandM4M
1 posts
10 Jan 2015 2:50AM
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Why did they not make it waterproof????

Missed chance, i guess i will stick to my GT31 ... and if that is broken, maybe buy a Suunto or something like that.

AUS4
NSW, 947 posts
10 Jan 2015 6:01AM
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Looks like they just jammed their GW 31 watch into a box.

shear tip
NSW, 1120 posts
10 Jan 2015 7:38AM
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8 hour battery life is a bit disappointing too.

N1GEL
NSW, 861 posts
10 Jan 2015 7:45AM
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ArmandM4M said..
Why did they not make it waterproof????

Missed chance, i guess i will stick to my GT31 ... and if that is broken, maybe buy a Suunto or something like that.


Sorry to hijack.... I have a gt-31 and a Suunto 2s... the difference is nominal. I carry both, but with the watch on my wrist it's really easy to see what my stats are while out on the water. I also use the Suunto for running, the gym and other training... it's great to keep track of my calories and HR. Best thing is, the Suunto is fully waterproof... I've had it for 12 months now and it's copped a beating out on the water and in the surf.

mathew
VIC, 1695 posts
10 Jan 2015 8:55AM
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2035 said..

ArmandM4M said..
Why did they not make it waterproof????

Missed chance, i guess i will stick to my GT31 ... and if that is broken, maybe buy a Suunto or something like that.



Sorry to hijack.... I have a gt-31 and a Suunto 2s... the difference is nominal. I carry both, but with the watch on my wrist it's really easy to see what my stats are while out on the water. I also use the Suunto for running, the gym and other training... it's great to keep track of my calories and HR. Best thing is, the Suunto is fully waterproof... I've had it for 12 months now and it's copped a beating out on the water and in the surf.


Suunto make dive watches... not much can will better that for ruggedness or being waterproof.

But the Suunto's arn't anywhere near as accurate as a GT-31... there is a specific reason we dont recommend many other brands (refer to the discussion about Canmore's), ie: for the use-case we have for windsurfing, nothing else is as verifiably accurate - even the GT-31 isn't accurate enough for alpha's.

mathew
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10 Jan 2015 8:55AM
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shear tip said..
8 hour battery life is a bit disappointing too.


at 1hz.... now run it 5x faster.

Mobydisc
NSW, 8329 posts
10 Jan 2015 9:09AM
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Decent waterproofing would have made the GW-52 a worthwhile upgrade from the GT series GPSes. However I suspect most will hold onto their GT GPSes till they die.

windsurftom
NSW, 234 posts
10 Jan 2015 9:52AM
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What are the improvements other than the yellow colour? At least there is more chance of finding it when you lose it.

lao shi
WA, 1183 posts
10 Jan 2015 8:21AM
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No toggle so is the touch screen going to work through a bag?

Man0verBoard
WA, 629 posts
10 Jan 2015 8:50AM
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It looks a lot thinner which is a good thing.

sailquik
VIC, 4220 posts
10 Jan 2015 10:53AM
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There are many more things we would have hoped for. Apparently, fully waterproof casing was going to cost far too much. I think it's the usb port that is the weak point.

But the functionality has been designed specifically for windsurfing. Nothing and no one else does that. No need to upgrade from GT-31 if it is running fine. GT-31 will still be better for some things with bigger memory and much longer battery life.

The device is based around a watch they make.

Windxtasy
WA, 3853 posts
10 Jan 2015 9:21AM
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It is good that there is a model we can recommend to new team members now that the GT 31 is unavailable.
The short battery life is going to be a problem for people going for big distances though, although since it charges via USB, maybe you could put one of those small portable power packs (like you can use with your laptop, iPod etc) in your waterproof bag with the GPS, keep it connected and have extra power?

Man0verBoard
WA, 629 posts
10 Jan 2015 10:03AM
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Windxtasy said..
It is good that there is a model we can recommend to new team members now that the GT 31 is unavailable.
The short battery life is going to be a problem for people going for big distances though, although since it charges via USB, maybe you could put one of those small portable power packs (like you can use with your laptop, iPod etc) in your waterproof bag with the GPS, keep it connected and have extra power?



Windxtasy thats right - a rugged compact external battery pack will do the job - thats another BIG plus alongside the new compact size of the GW-52

This will do the job..

www.amazon.com/Certified-Portable-External-Technology-Lightning/dp/B00M8YXV1Q/ref=dp_ob_image_def

choco
SA, 3371 posts
10 Jan 2015 11:54AM
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How big is it?

yoyo
WA, 1577 posts
10 Jan 2015 10:28AM
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AUS4 said..
Looks like they just jammed their GW 31 watch into a box.


My thoughts exactly .

Kato must be disappointed. What is the point of having storage for 33hrs of data at 1 second recording when you have only 8 hours of battery life?

yoyo
WA, 1577 posts
10 Jan 2015 10:33AM
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Suspect they may have a back room full of round touch screens meant for the GW-51 which never took off.

With the dimensions of the box a screen from the GT-31 would have been better....

choco
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10 Jan 2015 12:43PM
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yoyo said..
Suspect they may have a back room full of round touch screens meant for the GW-51 which never took off.

With the dimensions of the box a screen from the GT-31 would have been better....


nah watch is water resistant + 14hour battery - looks alot like it though

The major features include:• Touch screen operation
• High sensitivity GPS
• Pre-plan routes and track back
• E-compass
• Time mode(Alarm, Timer, Stopwatch)
• Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
• Operation time: up to 2 years for watch, 14 hours for GPS
• Water resistant

Bonominator
VIC, 5477 posts
10 Jan 2015 1:54PM
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Mobydisc said..
Decent waterproofing would have made the GW-52 a worthwhile upgrade from the GT series GPSes. However I suspect most will hold onto their GT GPSes till they die.



Yep that's me. Water resistant is acceptable but waterproof is the holy grail. Everyone would snap them up if that was the case.

Man0verBoard
WA, 629 posts
10 Jan 2015 1:20PM
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yoyo said..
Suspect they may have a back room full of round touch screens meant for the GW-51 which never took off.

With the dimensions of the box a screen from the GT-31 would have been better....


Eyecrometer reads W55mm x L75mm x D15mm


sausage
QLD, 4738 posts
10 Jan 2015 8:14PM
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"eyecrometer" I'm using that one MOB ;-)

sailquik
VIC, 4220 posts
11 Jan 2015 11:35AM
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Windxtasy said..
It is good that there is a model we can recommend to new team members now that the GT 31 is unavailable.
The short battery life is going to be a problem for people going for big distances though, although since it charges via USB, maybe you could put one of those small portable power packs (like you can use with your laptop, iPod etc) in your waterproof bag with the GPS, keep it connected and have extra power?



That was exactly my thought and I asked Locosys if this would work. It will.

sailquik
VIC, 4220 posts
11 Jan 2015 11:41AM
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Man0verBoard said..
yoyo said..
Suspect they may have a back room full of round touch screens meant for the GW-51 which never took off.

With the dimensions of the box a screen from the GT-31 would have been better....


Eyecrometer reads W55mm x L75mm x D15mm





Close!

actual specs: 68.0 (W) * 53.5 (D) * 21.5 (H) mm

sailquik
VIC, 4220 posts
11 Jan 2015 11:51AM
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Windxtasy said..
It is good that there is a model we can recommend to new team members now that the GT 31 is unavailable.
The short battery life is going to be a problem for people going for big distances though, although since it charges via USB, maybe you could put one of those small portable power packs (like you can use with your laptop, iPod etc) in your waterproof bag with the GPS, keep it connected and have extra power?



I am almost certain it will be approved for GPSTC and GPS-Speedsurfing but that remains to be done. It uses the same engine as a prototype some of us tested and the data from that was excellent. Tom Chalko did extensive testing of the Prototype and his conclusion was that with good reception conditions it was more accurate than GT-31. According to Tom it also outputs the correct data for what we need to verify speeds.

sboardcrazy
NSW, 6402 posts
11 Jan 2015 6:33PM
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sailquik said..
At long last we have a viable alternative to replace the GT-31!

5hz or 1hz data logging of Doppler speed, positional data, accuracy data with full Speed Genie feedback in a compact form.

Battery Life 8 hrs. USB download and charging. 6 hrs recording capacity at 5hz. 33 hrs at 1hz.

Must be worn in a waterproof bag! Price the same as the old GT-31. Available February.



More details to follow


Bummer just after I bought a backup GT31..

kato
VIC, 2354 posts
11 Jan 2015 10:18PM
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yoyo said..

AUS4 said..
Looks like they just jammed their GW 31 watch into a box.



My thoughts exactly .

Kato must be disappointed. What is the point of having storage for 33hrs of data at 1 second recording when you have only 8 hours of battery life?


YEP!!! and adding another storage battery to it is crap when you carry a min of 3 gps for record runs. I love that I can sail for a weekend and not worry about the battery life. Looks like I still hang onto what I have.

decrepit
WA, 8903 posts
11 Jan 2015 10:15PM
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kato said..


YEP!!! and adding another storage battery to it is crap when you carry a min of 3 gps for record runs. I love that I can sail for a weekend and not worry about the battery life. Looks like I still hang onto what I have.


Maybe you only need 1 battery for your 3 gps's. You just need a big enough watertight container to hold all 4 doobies, and some where big enough to strap it to.



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