|Whipsaw -- GR3 GPS Receiver
Whipsaw, an industrial design and engineering firm from San Jose, has designed a new GPS receiver for TopCon. TopCon is the leading manufacturer of surveying, GPS and industrial instruments for the civil engineering, construction and agricultural industries.
The GR3 is a GPS receiver that establishes the surveyor's exact position anywhere on earth, down to the millimeter. GR3's technology can track 36 satellites simultaneously, and access 72 universal channels that provide current and planned satellite positioning signals. Whipsaw's challenge, headed by principle designer Dan Harden, was to design a housing for the system that would allow for better use in the field. Harden and his team blended ergonomics and usability factors to create a case that includes a battery pack that also functions as a handle, a "quick-snap" mechanism--allowing for easy attachment to range poles without the risk of damage, and a square top that prevents rolling when the system is leaned against a wall. GR3 is rugged and waterproof, and contains new technology--like a Sim Card slot and internal Bluetooth-that allows the unit to expand its communication capabilities, going beyond its traditional radio function.
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Date Posted: May 01, 2007