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.
Finding your way through a complex intersection with most GPS units can be tricky, especially when road you see through the windshield doesn't look anything like what's on the map. This GPS unit fixes that problem, by replacing the map with a live video view from a dash mounted camera.
A year and a half ago, AIDA was a friendly robotic head from MIT and Volkswagen that lived in your dashboard and gave you driving directions. AIDA 2.0 does away with the robot, but turns everything the driver can see into one giant navigation and information display. Good luck paying attention to the road now.
Imagine what your life would be like without GPS. It'd be like the dark ages, with everybody wandering around, eternally lost. Now, imagine what your life would be like with even better GPS. It's called GPS III, and the first of 12 new satellites will launch in 2014.
While scientific advances in biotech continue to reveal new surprises that may one day end impairments such as blindness, in the meantime electronic tech like the Point Locus prototype can help the sightless move through the world with a bit more ease.