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Monday, September 27, 2010

GPS Tidbits

Casio is introducing a camera that can locate indoors, too. It uses an “internal motion sensor” to determine location from the last known GPS data.

Casio’s Exilim EX-H20G ($350 suggested retail) digital point-and-shoot camera offers built-in GPS geo-tagging that even works indoors.
The highlight of the offerings is the EX-H20G (shipping in November at a $350 suggested retail), which features a 10x zoom, 14.1-megapixel CCD image sensor and Casio’s Hybrid GPS system.

The GPS technology offers the ability to insert geo-tagging location data into image files, even indoors, Casio said.

The EX-H20G can display the user’s current location—as well as geo-tagged photos and videos—on a map which can be viewed on the camera screen.

The system combines GPS with autonomic positioning, using an internal motion sensor that enables the EX-H20G to track a user’s last known satellite-acquired position against map data stored in the camera’s internal memory. Users don’t have to be within the line of sight of a GPS satellite to register location information.

- TWICE

The Air Force is responding to a GAO report that suggests the short time frame for a Lockheed contract to keep the GPS satellites in working order could be a bit tight. While not disputing the facts of the report, Col. David Buckman, Air Force Space Command lead for positional navigation and timing suggested it’s overly pessimistic to think the constellation will not continue to function.

- FierceGovernmentIT

Touch could be the next key sense we use to follow navigation directions.  A “University of Utah study, led by mechanical engineer assistant professor William Provancher, attempts to bypass the already overloaded senses of sight and sound by instead using touch: in the prototype, users rest their index-fingers on IBM TrackPoint nubbins which then slightly pull the fingertip in the direction the GPS system wants them to turn.” If adopted the tech could make its way into steering wheels within three years.  There’s also exploration of using that system in place of vibrations in some devices.

- SlashGear

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/27 at 08:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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