Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
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Instant Geocaching (for fun and profit)

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
Tags: balloon, cellular repeaters, geocache, gps
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