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Monday, March 12, 2007

Today I wanted to get the word out that Kanwar Chadha, Founder of SiRF Technology will be the keynote speaker at our Location Intelligence Conference in April. SiRF, as a leading GPS chip set manufacturer, is found in many mobile devices (MapPoint 2006, Magellan Roadmate, Garmin devices, etc.). Chadha is also not just another "EE." He has a truly visionary approach about bringing location-based technology to the masses. He spells out his vision and the challenges for GPS in a position paper he did a few years ago (PDF download). I had a chance to sit down with him a few weeks ago and his vision extends beyond today’s current class of products.

by Joe Francica on 03/12 at 12:26 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

While more and more solutions appear that link or partner digital cameras with GPS to offer tagged images, NXP does it a different way. The GPS hardware/software bundle takes a “snapshot” of the signals it sees and the time when the photo is snapped. Then, back on the Internet, it relates those to a comparny Web service to determine the coordinates.

The benefit? It’s a smaller footprint on the camera and uses very little power. Plus, it’s fairly inexpensive:

The first product available using NXP’s SnapSpot swGPS technology—Jobo AG’s PhotoGPS, a US$149 add-on that fits into a camera’s hotshoe—will ship this summer in the US.

- C|NET

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/12 at 06:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Reader Larry writes:

Betcha haven’t seen this LBS yet!
An umbrella that you carry while walking over a giant map of the world, and it subjects you to the weather of the part of the world you’re standing on.. kinda the opposite of what an umbrella is supposed to do. 

Lights reveal the weather (white for lightening, yellow for sun, blue for rain/snow) which comes from Yahoo Weather’s XML files.

- Hackaday website

- Original site (German/English with pictures)

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/12 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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