GPS is a fantastic technology, allowing you to pinpoint your location within a few feet anywhere in the world, except all those places where you can't get a clear view of the sky, like inside buildings. People spend rather a lot of time inside buildings, which is what makes this new geomagnetic location technology (which does work inside) so cool.
The Global Positioning System has revolutionized how we keep ourselves from getting lost on the way from Point A to Point B. Not getting lost is equally important for spacecraft, and the best method of space localization might be to use a System based on Pulsars throughout the Galaxy. Hmm, how about we just call it "GPS" for short.
Using electronic devices while driving is a huge distraction. Even the act of looking at or listening to your GPS can take your mind off the road. AT&T Labs is working on a solution that alerts drivers to navigational information by triggering vibrations on the steering wheel to augment other GPS commands.
Aaron Parecki has been logging his whereabouts since he was a 4th grader. Back then he kept stacks of notebooks detailing his school commute (start time, end time, time traveled, who drove, and in what car) and today he uses a GPS. Check out the gallery below to see what 3+ years of constant GPS activity looks like on a map.
Thanks to a partnership of no less than 26 private-sector firms and the government backed Highway Industry Development Organization, drivers in Japan will soon be able to order and pay for their drive-thru McDonald's meals from their car's GPS system.
I can't help but look at this latest device as yet another thinly veiled attempt to hedge our bets against the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Believe or not, a company has reportedly started selling GPS satellite tracking devices for the dead.
Comrades! GPS is now officially much, much better, thanks to the Russians: with their GLONASS global positioning system now online, you'll get the sweet sweet coverage you deserve, even deep in the midst of urban jungles.
For dog owners, there's nothing worse than the panic that sets in when your furry best friend runs off. But the Tagg GPS pet finder should prevent that from ever happening again.
In car GPS makes it easy to find your way, but stare at that little screen for too long and you might run into the car ahead. The Wikitude Drive app for Android fixes that problem, by superimposing your route onto a live image of the road.
While Google Maps on smartphones is great, it's no replacement for a standalone turn-by-turn navigator, as it doesn't work when you lose a signal. But that may not be the case for long.