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.
Native New Yorkers like myself can usually spot tourists from a block away. They're the ones looking lost as they wander around the city map in hand. The really geeky ones might even carry a hand held GPS. What they really need to blend in is this GPS equipped bag built by a guy called Josh, to guide him around Chicago.
In this post-Aron Ralston/127 Hours world, every extreme adventurer will want to carry both an iPhone or an iPod Touch and this Spot Connect, which connects you to the Globalstar satellite phone network. Y'know, unless you want your outdoor adventure to literally cost an arm or a leg!
The Zeal Transcend GPS Goggles are some seriously futuristic ski goggles, featuring GPS as well as a micro LCD display right inside the googles themselves. This allows you to see real-time GPS data as well as speed, altitude, distance traveled, the temperature and other information on a screen that appears to hang about six feet in front of you.
So this guy takes his car into the shop and the mechanics find this mysterious object stuck up next to the exhaust pipe. What is it? It turns out that it's a Guardian ST820, a GPS tracking unit used exclusively by the army and law enforcement. Awkward!