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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

Military

Mine Kafon: the low-tech tumbleweed minesweeper

An Afghan designer has come up with a novel tumbleweed-esque device to find and detonate mines, a device that has evolved from the wind-powered toys he made as a child. Massoud Hassani's Mine Kafon is made mainly from bamboo and biodegradable plastics, but the simple addition of a GPS chip means the wind-swept spheres can be monitored to reveal the location of mines.Read More

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