gps

  • 3D Robotics Launches DroneKit, Its API For Building Drone Apps

    3D Robotics Launches DroneKit, Its API For Building Drone Apps

    3D Robotics, the largest U.S.-based drone manufacturer, today announced the launch of DroneKit, its open-source API for writing drone apps. Because 3D Robotics has always taken a platform approach, DroneKit will work with any drone that uses its APM autopilot (and while there are quite a few of those on the market, though this won’t work with any of the popular DJI drones, for example). Read More

  • Wi-Fi And Gestures Could Soon Help Android Wear Match Some Apple Watch Advantages

    Wi-Fi And Gestures Could Soon Help Android Wear Match Some Apple Watch Advantages

    Android Wear is reportedly getting some updates that will help it mirror or offer alternatives to some of the big wearable advantages Apple has made available on the new Apple Watch, including input and connectivity tweaks. The Verge reports that Google is planning to bring Wi-Fi support and gesture control to Android Wear, as well as UI changes that make apps easier to find and open without… Read More

  • The Fitbit Charge HR Brings Back The Basics

    The Fitbit Charge HR Brings Back The Basics

    As a longtime lover of all things Fitbit, I’ve missed the good old days. The bright, readable displays and the little tidbits like a slowly growing flower to indicate progress were a real joy back in 2008 when the company launched onstage at Disrupt. Now, seven years later, after multiple styles and sizes, after the launch of the diminutive Flex and the odd Zip, we come to the Charge… Read More

  • TripAdvisor Buys ZeTrip And Its Personal Travel Journal App Rove

    TripAdvisor Buys ZeTrip And Its Personal Travel Journal App Rove

    TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking business, today announced the acquisition of a startup that it hopes will help build out its relationship with customers during and after their travels: it has bought ZeTrip and its “automatic” travel journal app Rove, which provides a travelog of your movements based on your GPS coordinates and other data. Terms of the deal were… Read More

  • ‘Fitbit For Dogs’ Maker Whistle Acquires Tagg Pet Tracker And Raises $15M

    ‘Fitbit For Dogs’ Maker Whistle Acquires Tagg Pet Tracker And Raises $15M

    Wearables for pets used to be a punchline, but now it’s a legitimate business with multiple players active in the space. Said space did just get a bit smaller today, as Whistle, the startup which launched its Fitbit for dogs back in 2013. Now, Whistle is expanding its position with the acquisition of a competitor in the pet wearable space, Tagg, and adding another $15 million to its… Read More

  • 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

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