DeWalt is offering GPS for your tools

Well just when I thought that the laser on some tools was about as high tech as you could get, here comes DeWalt with a GPS sensor.
What????
Imagine, preparing to drill a hole, walking over to your computer and plotting a route for your drill and pressing enter. The drill drills a hole at the coordinates you entered and is guided by GPS technology.
WOWWWW!!!!
No, that is not what it is at all. Never mind.
DeWalt is coming out with the new,,,,, DeWalt MobileLock GPS Locator with Anti-Theft Alarm (DS500)
to keep up with your equipment. Hummmmm
Only $500 plus $20 per month to monitor its where abouts.
The protection may cost more than the tool.
Read more here.
http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/ezine/toolpreview.cfm
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Sounds like a solution in search of a problem.
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On Tue, 24 Apr 2007 22:49:30 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@milmac.com (Doug Miller) wrote:

I'd guess the problem is real enough (ask any contractor about the high vapor pressure of unattended tools). However, I'd also guess the price of this product is a bit steep to be a real solution to the problem.
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By any chance was the advertising launched April 1?

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;~) No, it's the real deal.
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Leon wrote:

"Other features of the MobileLock include door contact, vibration, tamper and temperature sensors. These features are where this product will shine in the home shop world."
Can someone explain why I'd need a $500 GPS enabled alarm system for my home shop?
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Nova wrote:

valuable household furnishing, as an antitheft device?
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Eff it doesn't come with a built in Claymore, it's not worth it.
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And here I was just about to develop a lojack system for tools. Damn that DeWalt company.
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On Tue, 24 Apr 2007 16:38:40 -0500, "Leon"

There's a company here that offers a similar set-up for large machines. Some of the dirt guys have locators on Bobcat's and larger equipment.
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Leon wrote:

If GM can have OnStar, why not DeWalt with MobileLock?
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I visited their (DeWalt) web-site and watched the video and formed an unbiased opinion. Good idea for big things, not cheap.
After a few years, when the 'look' of this product becomes known to the thieves, it might become a deterrent . That would be a good time to make phoney blank copies of that product and sell them for 50 bucks.
Print up some radiation stickers with an image of Hillary superimposed on it...now THAT is a deterrent.
...just saying...
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Think that just the hillary picture would be enough -- doesn't need any embellishment by a radiation symbol or anything else.

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Once on the market, someone will come up with the method to disable it in ten seconds or less.
Just as a lot of tools in the pawn shops now are missing the charger, the new wave of DeWalt tools will have a hold drilled in the case or some such thing.
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That would work, unless the hammer has GPS and the swing is detected.
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