A compass company from Finland thinks Americans looking for hunting gear will want to buy their watch because they put some interesting technology in it.
The Traverse Alpha by Suunto has a built-in accelerometer that detects when you fire your gun.
This is the first time we've ever heard if an accelerometer used in a watch like this.
Your smartphone uses an accelerometer to keep the screen upright. Missiles and spacecraft use them for navigation.
But watches for hunting and tracking?
No, that's a new one.
But it's also a cool concept, because, combined with other features on the watch and a free online mapping service, you can see exactly what elevation from which you shoot, what time you shot, where on a topo you were and how many yards away from game you were when you took the shot.
Imagine the implications for tracking.
The Traverse Alpha (MSRP $569) also has what you'd hope from a hunting tool: the ability to mark various POIs, a track-back feature, GPS/Glonass, a red backlight that won't dilate pupils, and, oh yeah, it can tell you what time it is.
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