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Thursday, January 11, 2007

I never thought of this, but a Wired Blog offers:

The companies [XM and Sirius] could find real-time traffic and GPS navigation systems as lucrative add-ons to their business. These services are useful, and most importantly, can be tax write-offs, making them more attractive to business executives.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/11 at 01:44 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wired reports on the six satellite constellation called Cosmic (for Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate) which resides in low Earth orbit to grab weather and climate data. Launched last April the group can capture some 16,000 readings per day. And here’s the cool part from my perspective: the constellation

uses available GPS radio signals to collect data on atmospheric temperature, water vapor and electron density. As signals from the existing fleet of 24 GPS satellites race through the atmosphere, they are bent and delayed by variations in the atmospheric profile in much the same way a lens refracts a light beam.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/11 at 08:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Skyhook Wireless (the Loki folks) announced at CES that its technology will be in a new MP3 player from Korean manufacturer ReignCom. It says in the (PDF only -  WHY??) press release it’s a first!

Skyhook Wireless Inc., provider of the Wi-Fi Positioning SystemTM (WPS), today announced at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that ReignCom, a Korean manufacturer of media devices, will launch the Wi-Fi enabled iriver W10 portable media player with the Wi-Fi Positioning System from Skyhook Wireless. This device will be the first commercially available media player with location awareness, and will provide consumers with accurate location, enabling them to easily find places and things around them.

This to me has a sense of “we are doing this because we can” not “the market is demanding this” but that’s just my opinion.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/11 at 08:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Intelligent mail is like having a GPS system for mail.”

John E. Potter, Postmaster General and USPS CEO during the January Board of Governors meeting where a new program for commercial mailers was unvieled. It includes “end-to-end visibility and a seamless process for mail acceptance and delivery using standardized intelligent barcodes, continuous mail tracking, and mail quality feedback in real-time.”

- DMNews

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/11 at 08:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
by Adena Schutzberg on 01/11 at 06:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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