gps

  • Android Wear Update Adds Offline Music, Bluetooth Headphone And GPS Support

    Android Wear Update Adds Offline Music, Bluetooth Headphone And GPS Support

    Android Wear is getting its first big update, with features that make smartwatches using Google’s wearable operating system more standalone devices, including music syncing and GPS location support. That means if you leave your watch at home while you go out for a jog, you’ve still got access to sweet jams, and your watch can still tell you where you are, and how to get home. The… Read More

  • Swift Navigation Raises $2.6 Million For Its Ultra-Precise GPS System

    Swift Navigation Raises $2.6 Million For Its Ultra-Precise GPS System

    Swift Navigation has developed centimeter-accurate GPS technology that can be used for a much wider range of applications. The company has developed a GPS module that comes at a fraction of a cost of competing chips with the same accuracy, which it hopes will be used in all sorts of agriculture, drones, and construction applications. Read More

  • This Mechanical Watch Has A Magic Button That Sets It By GPS

    This Mechanical Watch Has A Magic Button That Sets It By GPS

    If there’s a single problem with mechanical watches its that they’re often considered inaccurate. A collection of gears and springs, no matter how carefully put together, will always lose a little time here or there. There’s a solution, quartz, but these tickers are accurate but boring. But why not put the chocolate in the peanut butter, as it were, and connect the two? VCXO… Read More

  • Roger Easton, Father Of GPS, Dies At 93

    Roger Easton, Father Of GPS, Dies At 93

    Roger Lee Easton, Sr., the father of GPS and pioneer of modern day navigation, died May 8 at his New Hampshire home, according to BusinessWire. After attending Middlebury College and the University of Michigan, Easton began work as a physicist in 1943 in the U.S. Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., where he would spend the rest of his 37-year career. Read More

  • TomTom Cardio GPS Watch Review: Put Your Heart Rate In The Driver’s Seat

    TomTom Cardio GPS Watch Review: Put Your Heart Rate In The Driver’s Seat

    I like running, perhaps to a fault, if only because while running you basically can’t pay attention to anything else once you get up to speed so long as you’re doing it right. So basically I like it because it deprives the brain of oxygen. But that also means that most high-tech running aid gadgets are too sophisticated for their own good; TomTom’s newest GPS sports watch… Read More

  • POcode Gives Small Businesses An Easy Alternative To GPS

    POcode Gives Small Businesses An Easy Alternative To GPS

    One of the many joys of exploring a city like Taipei is its maze of lanes and alleyways, which are lined with small shops, incense-filled temples and leafy parks. The downside is wrangling with addresses like this: 台北市南港區八德路四段768巷1弄18號B1之1 (B1-1, No. 18, Alley 1, Lane 768, Bade Rd Sec 4, Nangang District, Taipei City). A new startup called POcode (which stands… Read More

  • NSA Experimented With Cell Phone Location Tracking Program

    NSA Experimented With Cell Phone Location Tracking Program

    The National Security Agency experimented with a cell phone location tracking program in 2010, but eventually shelved the idea. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, declassified the program during a senate testimony today on Capitol Hill. “In 2010 and 2011 N.S.A. received samples in order to test the ability of its systems to handle the data format, but that data was not… Read More

  • Equip Your Home Drone Build With Super-Accurate GPS Thanks To The Piksi On Kickstarter

    Equip Your Home Drone Build With Super-Accurate GPS Thanks To The Piksi On Kickstarter

    Most GPS is a relatively imprecise tool, honing in on your location to within around a few meters, but new Kickstarter project Piksi aims to provide accuracy within a single centimeter, via a new GPS receiver that uses Real Time Kinetics (RTK) it’s trying to fund via Kicksarter. The Piksi combines open source software and hardware to give UAV hobbyists and others access to the advanced… Read More

  • Garmin Rolls With The Punches Of Changing Navigation Game With Smartphone HUD For Cars

    Garmin Rolls With The Punches Of Changing Navigation Game With Smartphone HUD For Cars

    Garmin built its empire on dedicated GPS devices, but those are obviously facing extinction in the face of smartphones that can replicate their function without requiring an expensive secondary hardware purchase. Today, Garmin announced a device that could help it capitalize on its changing role in the navigation ecosystem, while still allowing it to sell hardware to consumers. Read More

  • Apple Patents Situational Awareness And Location Information Sharing For Mobile Devices

    Apple Patents Situational Awareness And Location Information Sharing For Mobile Devices

    Apple was issued a couple of interesting new patents today (spotted by AppleInsider), including one that could make an iPhone aware of changes in a user’s situation, and alter phone settings accordingly. That would make for a mobile phone that might be able to automatically switch to silent mode when in a movie theatre, for instance, or which could wake from sleep upon being pulled out of… Read More

  • Groupon Acquires Realtime Location-Aware Service Glassmap To Help You Find Deals

    Groupon Acquires Realtime Location-Aware Service Glassmap To Help You Find Deals

    Y Combinator company Glassmap, a location-aware app that was big back in the day (last year), has just announced that is has been acquired by Groupon. A representative from Groupon has confirmed to TechCrunch that the company has indeed acquired Glassmap and is “excited to bring the team aboard.” This makes total sense, because Groupon needs to know where you are, who… Read More

  • Recce 3D Interactive Mapping Tech Gets Its Game On: Go Deliver iOS App Is GPS-Powered Real-World Scavenger Hunt Meets Groupon

    Recce 3D Interactive Mapping Tech Gets Its Game On: Go Deliver iOS App Is GPS-Powered Real-World Scavenger Hunt Meets Groupon

    eeGeo the startup behind Recce — a rich, interactive searchable 3D mapping platform which aggregates data feeds from other services to create an animated bird’s eye view of a city and what is going on in it — has launched its first game using the same technology: a GPS-based iOS app called Go Deliver – London, in partnership with games studio Midoki. Read More

  • Google Launches MyTracks 2.0 GPS App For Hikers, Bikers & Runners

    Google Launches MyTracks 2.0 GPS App For Hikers, Bikers & Runners

    MyTracks for Android is one of Google’s lesser known mobile apps, but it’s actually a pretty useful tool for those who would like to keep a record of their bike rides, runs, hikes and other outdoor activities. Google itself is actually using it together with Team HTC-Columbia during the Tour de France to track the team’s riders during the event. Today, the company is… Read More

  • Lost In The Supermarket? A New Sensor Will Navigate For You Indoors

    Lost In The Supermarket? A New Sensor Will Navigate For You Indoors

    Sure, GPS helps us get from Point A to Point B, but what if you’re just trying to find the Cinnabon? A new system from Fraunhofer allows for in-store (or in-mall) navigation and uses very simple sensors to asses where you are in the building at any time. The system works when you enter the edifice and scan a QR code. This identifies your current position. A built-in pedometer and… Read More

  • Geolocation’s Potential Heats Up With Geoloqi’s Battery-Saving Tech

    Geolocation’s Potential Heats Up With Geoloqi’s Battery-Saving Tech

    Geoloqi, a name you may know because of the mobile app that once provided automatic Foursquare check-ins and geofenced reminders, is today launching its next-generation location platform as an SDK. Although previously available in API format for developers’ use, the new iOS and Android SDK makes it even easier for developers to drop in location services into their apps, whether those… Read More

  • First Android Dedicated GPS Unit Actually Looks Pretty Decent

    First Android Dedicated GPS Unit Actually Looks Pretty Decent

    Considering Android is getting on in age, it’s surprising it hasn’t been featured on more “miscellaneous” devices. Phones and tablets, sure, but we haven’t seen many, say, DVD players or PMPs using the OS. And certainly not GPS devices, whose proprietary libraries and interfaces were developed at great cost, leading the companies that made them working desperately… Read More

  • Potternavi: Pioneer Announces 3G-Equipped GPS For Bikes

    Potternavi: Pioneer Announces 3G-Equipped GPS For Bikes

    Pioneer yesterday announced the so-called Potternavi [JP], a GPS for bicycles that will be available in white or black. Buyers can expect a 2.4-inch color LCD with 240×320 resolution, ANT+ support, an acceleration sensor, a USB port, and 10 hours of battery life. Pioneer says that the Potternavi not only shows maps and directions but also lets users look for popular spots, for example the… Read More

  • New Garmin GPS Watch Has Shed Its Girth

    New Garmin GPS Watch Has Shed Its Girth

    It’s interesting to chart the size and shape of fitness watches over the years. The first Garmins looked like protein bars melted to your wrist by this new one, the Forerunner 910XT, looks as svelte and lithe as the marathoners who will probably wear it. The 910XT costs about $400 and will be available next week. The new model supports Garmin’s Connect online service as well as… Read More

  • TC Tests The GeoMate Jr., A Geocaching GPS Unit For The Wee Ones

    TC Tests The GeoMate Jr., A Geocaching GPS Unit For The Wee Ones

    I just had the unique pleasure geocaching for the first time. I’d always been interested in the concept: someone hides something tiny in the wilderness and you use a GPS tracker to find it. However, the thought of traipsing around in the woods to look for someone hippie’s Tupperware did not compute. Then we got the GeoMate Jr., a small GPS tracker designed for kids and discovered… Read More

  • Garmin To Buy Navigon

    Garmin Ltd. and Navigon AG just announced that the two companies have reached an agreement and a subsidiary of Garmin will acquire the privately-held navigation company. The financial terms of the transaction was not released. German-based Navigon pulled out of the North American PND market in 2009 and has since focused on the European region and smartphone apps. It’s likely that these… Read More

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