Suunto has long designed watches for hardcore outdoor athletes, like divers, climbers and runners. It's now making bigger a play for more everyday lifestyle adventurers and explorers. A few weeks ago, we saw the Traverse GPS watch, and next Suunto will launch the Kailash, a watch for world travelers.
Back in 2012, Suunto set a high benchmark in outdoor navigation watches with the Ambit, now in its third generation. While the Ambit series has comprised some venerable performers, not every outdoor user needs a high-powered, multi-sport wrist computer. For "aspiring outdoor enthusiasts" Suunto has added the Traverse – a simpler watch with key features like GPS/GLONASS navigation.
Nowadays, you can track the location of belongings such as wallets, bikes and bags with small GPS trackers – and the coin-sized, wirelessly-rechargeable TrackerPad is perhaps the smallest of the lot.
It wasn't long ago that we heard about an effort to create synthetic rhino horn,
the low price of which could be used to put suppliers of real horn out
of business. Now, however, the Protect project is aiming at catching
poachers in the act. Amongst other things, it would involve putting
video cameras in the horns of living rhinos.
PlanetiQ has begun testing its new Pyxis weather instrument. Pyxis tracks GPS signals traveling through the atmosphere and makes measurements based on their behavior. PlanetiQ says it can "dramatically improve weather forecasting, climate monitoring and space weather prediction."
A team from the University of Texas wants to create virtual reality and
augmented reality systems that can better integrate with the real world.
Along the way, they just might revolutionize the geolocation systems we
all use on our mobile devices.