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A growing trend in GPS-related devices is bringing a whole multitude of products to come into play. Starting with in-car GPS receivers the technology has grown up to become included in cell phones. Growing popular use and developer support will, in the future, allow for even more usage!
Stemming from input into cell phones the GPS is becoming a central portion of mobile devices. Garmin’s Nuvifone is one of the first GPS-central devices that allows positioning with features such as:
- Location-based applications, points of interest
- Traffic information
- Gas prices
- Flight times
The Nuvifone has 3.5G wireless internet capabilities, a browser, everything you could ever need to get anywhere and know everything. How convenient! Just when we though having a phone with a camera-lens was the big thing, GPS-capability is the real holy grail of useful and excitingly good technology.
It won’t stop there. Epson was caught showing off their uber-tiny Infineon GPS receiver, XPOSYS, thanks to Engadget. The chip measures 2.8 by 2.9mm or about the size of a Chereo. So small, in fact, that it could have many more uses other than implanting them into gadgets such as in laptops, wallets, watches, anything that people can lose (basically everything, except your virginity). Soon you’ll be able to play Age of Empires using GPS and real people, won’t that be exciting?
This new GPS revolution could have a significant impact on devices. I can see most phones becoming GPS-enabled, much like its hard to find a cell phone without a camera attached to it. GPS will become available in every phone and should become regular in laptops. Yes!
On top of the smaller technology, Google is taking a huge part of the action by releasing several GPS-driven applications. First being the Google Maps iteration on the iPhone, then came their “social” tracking software, Google Latitude which allows users to sign up and track friends on Maps.
It won’t stop there, don’t worry — GPS is on the cusp of becoming mainstream.
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