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bluelamb03

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CHIRP capabilities?
« on: January 12, 2011, 12:43:06 »
Do any of you uber connected users know if a CHIRPtm app is out or coming soon? I'm not buying an Oregon anytime soon but more and more of these little beacons are turning up!

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Re: CHIRP capabilities?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2011, 12:46:13 »
You mean for your new toy?  If it's some variation of Bluetooth then probably yes, but if it's a proprietary wireless protocol, then probably no.

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Re: CHIRP capabilities?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2011, 17:26:58 »
You would need to purchase an external antenna adapter, but it could be done.  Other manufacturers do it already, and I currently have one that plugs into my headphone jack and turns my iPhone into a remote control for my home theatre.

There is already a Groundspeak thread requesting this:

http://feedback.geocaching.com/forums/75277-geocaching-for-iphone/suggestions/1143629-chirp-for-iphone-app
« Last Edit: January 29, 2011, 23:49:28 by kirok »

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Re: CHIRP capabilities?
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2011, 00:56:16 »
Kirok's right, the Chirp requires the ANT technology that is in the Colorado, Oregon and GPSMap62's in order to detect, read and/or program them.

This specific technology was originally designed for use of data transfers between units, communication with Garmin's Bike Cadence sensor and the Heart Rate monitor.

Garmin came out with a USB ANT stick https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=10997&ra=true, but that was only to transfer the data from a Forerunner to Garmin Connect or the Garmin Training Center.  I don't know if it works with Chirps, but that would also mean taking your laptop out for a walk.  This stick costs about $50USD. 

Smart phones don't have the ANT technology and Chirps/Bike Cadence Sensors/Heart Rate monitor doesn't communicate with a phone's wifi transceiver.

Here's hoping for all you iPhone users out there that they may create a dongle attachment.  I don't see it being any cheaper than the USB ANT Stick.