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— Mobile Technology

Beyond Google Glass: Creating next generation augmented reality

Todd Humphreys and his students at the University of Texas in Austin are tired of waiting for augmented reality that meets the promise of the technology we've been hearing about and seeing in science fiction for years now. So they set out to build it themselves, and presented a very rough prototype for the first time at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW) in Austin on Friday. Read More
— Science

New system gives in-city GPS navigation a big boost

Many of us use our vehicle navigation systems on a daily basis, and as self-driving cars come into common use – assuming they do – such systems will become even more important. Unfortunately, however, the GPS technology that’s integral to vehicle navigation can be thwarted by obstacles such as tall buildings. A team of researchers at Spain’s Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) are attempting to address that problem, with a system that is said to drastically boost GPS accuracy in city driving. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing

GPS app used to keep track of dementia patients

Researchers at Scandinavia’s largest research organization, SINTEFF, have been trialling a prototype GPS application to track dementia sufferers living at home, in institutions, and in other forms of shared accommodation facilities. The project has seen more than 50 dementia sufferers using the system for periods of up to a year and according to the researchers, people equipped with it felt safer, had more freedom to move around and enjoyed better quality of life. Read More

Boeing to upgrade survivor locator devices for U.S. Airforce

Boeing has been awarded contracts worth US$13.6 million to upgrade the U.S. Air Force’s Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) radio and the CSEL ultrahigh frequency (UHF) base stations that support it. The purpose of the contract is to bring the personal survival radio and the CSEL network in line with the latest Information Assurance standards to protect them against jamming and other interference by hostile forces. Read More
— Good Thinking

LocataNet positioning system designed to work where GPS doesn't

As anyone who's tried to use GPS indoors can tell you, global positioning systems have their limitations. For them to work properly, you have to be outdoors and you need a clear view of the sky. If you’re in the military, you also have to be sure that the enemy isn't jamming the satellite signal. For this reason, the US Air Force has awarded Canberra-based firm Locata a “sole source” contract to install a ground-based version of GPS over 2,500 square miles (6,475 sq/km) of the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico as part of a program to develop a practical supplement to GPS. Read More
— Outdoors

Suunto updates ultralight GPS fitness pod

GPS tracking is great for athletes and fitness freaks, but not everyone wants to be weighed down by a big, expensive watch. That seems to be the thinking behind the new GPS Track Pod from Suunto. The device strips GPS tracking down to its most basic, compact form, providing performance data without the price or complications of a fitness watch or gadget. Read More
— Outdoors

Suunto upgrades the Ambit GPS watch with apps

A few months after launch, the Suunto Ambit GPS watch found itself in a predicament with some hard-hitting competition from the lower-priced Garmin Fenix. Not surprisingly, Suunto has been busy updating the Ambit ever since. Its official 2.0 update went live earlier this week, and brings the potential for a variety of new functions by way of apps. Your other portable electronics have apps, why not your sports watch? Read More