Casio Announces New G-SHOCK RANGEMAN with World’s First Solar-Assisted GPS Navigation
Casio’s latest addition to its RANGEMAN series of watches, the new GPR-B1000 features world’s first solar-assisted GPS navigation. The new model will be available in two models. The RANGEMAN is part of the Master of G series of watches designed for use in the most extreme conditions. RANGEMAN watches incorporate Triple Sensor to measure compass bearing, atmospheric pressure/altitude, and temperature, based on the concept of Survival Toughness.
Using Bluetooth, the GPR-B1000 watch pairs with a smartphone to connect with the G-SHOCK Connected app, allowing the user to create routes or manage log data in the app. In addition to Triple Sensor, the new GPR-B1000 is capable of GPS navigation—a first for a G-SHOCK watch. The watch collects location data from GPS satellites to display the current location on a route or bearing to a destination, in real-time. Tracks and point data saved in memory are displayed on a 3D map or as a timeline. The watch also receives data from time servers to keep accurate time anywhere in the world.
The Casio GPR-B1000 features dual wireless and solar charging systems. The GPS functions are usable for approximately 33 hours on a wireless charge of about five hours. Even if the battery level drops below a usable level for GPS while outdoors, solar charging can be used to resume GPS functions for a limited time. The time display is kept powered at all times using solar charging, regardless of the status of GPS functions.
The GPR-B1000 uses a ceramic case back to support wireless charging and high-sensitivity GPS reception. The case back uses a 2.0 mm thick ceramic material, making the watch shock-resistant and waterproof down to 200 meters. The watch is designed to withstand harsh conditions with dust- and dirt-proof, mud-resistant construction, low-temperature resistance down to -20°C (-4°F), a carbon fiber insert band, and sapphire crystal. Designed for the ultimate in survival toughness, the GPR-B1000 is the latest evolution of G-SHOCK.