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GPS technology aids golfers

20 February 2008 News

SkyGolf, the developers of the SkyCaddie golf rangefinder, and u-blox, the manufacturer of high performance consumer GPS receiver technology, have announced the development of TruePoint precision GPS technology in an exclusive cooperation to provide unprecedented accuracy for golfers.

The SkyCaddie SG5 rangefinder uses GPS to answer the oldest question in golf, 'how far?' without looking for markers or wasting time pacing off distances. It calculates distances automatically, providing golfers with the information they need to play on more than 17 000 golf courses in more than 45 countries. The patented IntelliGreen technology also allows golfers to measure the full depth and shape of the green from any angle of approach and quickly calculate distances to up to 40 targets at a time, helping golfers gauge distances to hazards and choose the best club for their next shot.

At the heart of the SkyCaddie's functionality is a custom-engineered GPS receiver from u-blox. A cooperative engineering effort between u-blox and SkyGolf resulted in the advanced positioning technology TruePoint. TruePoint provides positioning accurate to under a metre and an ultra-fast time to first fix in a small, easy-to-use, handheld device with extremely low power requirements. This technology provides dramatically more accurate position calculations than conventional GPS receivers used in consumer GPS devices designed for less demanding applications such as hiking, hunting and boating.



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