Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 | 12:23 p.m.
Beyond the Sun
Keeping track of your belongings and loved ones may have just gotten a lot easier with the Zoombak GPS locator. The locator is about the size of a business card and weighing 2.5 ounces can be attached to cars, bicycles, and even larger pets. Zoombak's service works by coupling a GPS receiver with a cell-phone to send locations to Zoombak's web server. The locations can then be viewed online through a private account on Zoombak's web page. In addition to viewing the device's location online you can also opt to receive alerts via email or text-messaging.
The devices sell for $199 each and monthly service cost $9.99 for a basic plan and $14.99 for the unlimited plan.
One advanced feature of the service is the ability to set up geographic zones that will alert you when the device enters or leaves them. These zones, along with any location sent from the device can be viewed on a map or aerial photograph on the Zoombak web page. Because the device depends on a cell-phone to send data, the service will only work within range of cell-phone tower.
Zoombak was also awarded Honoree status in the CES Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Awards and is being featured in the CES Innovations showcase.