Guiding Light: Minimalist GPS Meets Traditional Compass

Sometimes it seems like our gadgets are getting a bit over-designed; electronic gadgets especially suffer from the plague of way-too-many buttons and complex displays. It’s refreshing to see a concept like the Kompis, which is soothingly simple and frankly functional without being confusing or frustrating in the slightest.

The Kompis is an understated GPS that helps guide you to your destination with little more than colored lights. Before you leave on a trip, simply connect the Kompis to your computer via USB and plug in your destination. On your way, the red and blue lights will let you know which direction you should head in as well as how far you are from where you want to be.

The built-in GPS functionality also lets you find your way back to your hotel or car when you’re in an unfamiliar place. Just press the “remember” button before you leave, and the Kompis will guide you back to your starting point with its subdued lights. And if the battery runs low while you’re traveling, you can simply turn the device’s dial to charge it up.

The Kompis is handy whether you’re traveling on foot or in a car, with the added benefit of being a silent companion. Travelers are guided simply by lights and not by intrusive, annoying voices. It’s the result of a happy marriage between a traditional compass and a high-tech GPS, with the best characteristics of both.

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See more in Phones & Mobile or under Gadgets. March, 2010.
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