Keep tabs on your pets (or children) with GPS

Garmin Astro 220 GPS dog tracking system
Watch Fido’s movements through the forest or just cheat at hide-and-seek with this fancy tracking GPS tool.

While this Garmin Astro 220 was primarily designed for tracking expensive hunting dogs as they chase various soon-to-be-tasty treats through the forest, it’s easy to think of other uses for it.

The Astro 220 uses a handheld GPS unit, which features the usual stuff like MicroSD slot for maps, color screen, etc., but it’s also paired with a portable transmitter sends the dog’s location back to the handheld as often as every 5 seconds. This lets you see where Fido is at as well as track his path through the forest so you can see the areas which have been covered already.

With a little imagination, you can find other uses such as letting your regular dog run free (where legal) without worrying about them getting lost. Paranoid parents may also put the transmitter in a child’s bag to watch them walking to school. Or perhaps you just want to play spy like Jack Bauer on 24 and follow a car with the transmitter on it.

No matter what you want to do with the Garmin Astro 220, make sure you can locate your checkbook because it starts at $530.

[Thanks ChipAnalyst]