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!
Just as car GPS units have allowed drivers to explore the unknown without fear of becoming lost, this 3D braille GPS is designed to help the visually impaired break out of their routine, by finding new places to visit.
GPS devices are great, but you always have to look at them and their screens to see where you should be headed. That's not the case with this pair of glasses created by the Nakajima Lab at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo.
We've long known about Arthur C. Clarke's prediction way back in 1945 that artificial satellites placed in a geostationary orbit could be used to relay radio signals around the world — but we had no idea that 11 years later, he revisited his famous essay "Extra-Terrestrial Relays — Can Rocket Stations Give Worldwide Radio Coverage?" to predict the GPS… and more.
We've heard of getting a second opinion, but what about 26th opinion on which direction to go? Anything this crazy has to be an art piece, and that's exactly what this is. This video installation by artist Garvin Nolte consists of 26 GPS devices on a windshield, resulting in a special kind of chaos.
Twitter is one of the easiest ways to tell everyone you know what you're doing, so it was only a matter of time before the program began to tell the world where you are as well. But is that a good thing?
We're getting mixed messages from Google this morning. Yesterday in London a Google rep said free turn-by-turn satellite navigation, already available on the company's Android platform, was coming to the iPhone. Not so fast, says a different Googler to PC...