2015 Detroit NAIAS Auto Show

GPS

The BTrack Safe Light uses a SIM card to transmit a stolen bike's GPS coordinates

There are all sorts of high-tech locks designed to make your bike harder to steal, but what happens if it gets taken anyway? If it's equipped with a BTrack Safe Light, you'll know when it's been nabbed, and you'll then be able to track its location via GPS. And because it's a tail light, it'll also make you more visible to motorists.  Read More

The Spire team, with one of the CubeSats

Weather forecasting is a notoriously inexact science. According to San Francisco-based tech startup Spire, this is partially because there are currently less than 20 satellites responsible for gathering all of the world's weather data – what's more, some of the older ones are using outdated technology. Spire's solution? Establish a linked network of over 100 shoebox-sized CubeSats, that will use GPS technology to gather 100 times the amount of weather data than is currently possible. The first 20 of those satellites are scheduled to launch later this year.  Read More

iFit shows the Altra Halo smartwatch-connected running shoes at CES 2015 (Photo: C.C. Weis...

The all-new Altra Halo shoe is a smart shoe for runners with an integrated sensor that measures aspects of your gait and sends it to your smartphone or iFit GPS Watch. Unlike other performance metrics that you analyze after your run, the Halo's data set helps you to make adjustments during your workout.  Read More

The second-generation Tagg GPS Plus will push notifications to an owner's phone if their p...

The developers of pet tracking device Tagg have fronted up to this week's CES in Las Vegas with a refined version of its smart collar, shedding a little bulk and incorporating a temperature sensor to let you know when your hound might be getting a little hot under the collar.  Read More

ESA ATV Georges Lemaitre captured during its August docking (Photo: ESA/NASA/Roscosmos–O. ...

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Georges Lemaitre captured the International Space Station (ISS) in a new light in August, as it fired up a set of experimental sensors that may form the basis of the next generation of automated docking systems. Such tech will be vital for the increasingly-ambitious missions planned by NASA and its partners to explore the Red Planet and beyond.  Read More

Trunkster features a rolltop door, battery charger, integrated digital scale, GPS tracking...

After decades of remaining virtually unchanged, luggage design is seeing some innovation, from the Fugu Luggage which expands like an accordion, to the Bluesmart connected luggage which can be controlled via a smartphone app. Joining the baggage claim carousel is Trunkster, which adds several innovations to the standard design.  Read More

The orbiting GPS network could be used to detect waves of dark matter that pass between th...

Dark matter is hypothesized to account for the large amounts of "missing" invisible matter in the universe where visible objects such as stars, gas, and dust are insufficient to explain the total gravitational effects observed. Despite repeated and verifiable observational evidence supporting this hypothesis, the existence of dark matter remains unproven. However, recent research has suggested that the hunt for this elusive substance may be aided by detecting any changes in the synchronization between the individual atomic clocks on-board satellites in the orbiting GPS network and receivers on the ground as waves of dark matter pass between them and the surface of the Earth.  Read More

The GolfBuddy PT4 handheld GPS

Gone are the days when judging the distance to the green involved looking about for a 150-yard marker, squinting down the fairway and saying "that's about an 8 iron." Technology has transformed the game of golf, not just in terms of carbon fiber shafts and remote control carts, but also in navigating your way around the course. One of the latest GPS navigation devices to hit the market is the GolfBuddy PT4. We headed out onto the links to see how it performs.  Read More

The chemical computer works by differences in surface tension

If you’re going out for pizza in Budapest, which would you choose to get you there; a smartphone with GPS or a drop of gel on a little maze? A team of scientists from Switzerland, Hungary, Japan and Scotland under the leadership of Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, thinks that the gel might be your better bet because that little bit of plastic and goo is a chemical computer capable of navigating a maze faster than a satnav.  Read More

World Beacon hopes to spread the SightCompass technology throughout schools, institutions ...

With their GPS capabilities and navigation apps, smartphones have undoubtedly made it easier for us to find our way around. The good news is we are starting to see these benefits extended to the visually impaired. SightCompass is a system that harnesses these strengths of the smartphone and combines them with proximity beacons to inform blind people of their surroundings.  Read More

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