It is the way of things to get smaller, more powerfull and cheaper as the markets expand. This is true in the world of GPS as well. When I first started getting involved with GPS the antennas were huge, and the receivers were literally the size of your hand. Over the years the technology has eveolved to the point where the latest GPS chipset can fit on your little fingernail. At 7mm by 7mm they are actually so small that you could easily fit two on the nail...
The latest innovation from CSR and Origin is intended for miniature light weight applications such as watches, wearable tech and cameras. Ten years ago it would be difficult to concieve that we would have shrunk to this size. What will the next decade bring?
USGS Introduce Streamer Waterway Tracing
The USGS is the American Government Agency responsible for mapping in the United States. They are well known for topographical mapping, but less appreciated for the hydrographical data. A new online service has just been started called "Streamer" which allows you to discover either the source of a waterway or the outflow of a river into the ocean.
This is also combined with additional value added datum such as weather, or more interestingly "Real-Time Streamflow". The Real Time Streamflow consolidates a network of flow sensors strategically placed in the waterways and displays the current state of the river.
LECHAL Launch SatNav Shoes
Five years and sixteen days ago the online retailer of all things cool, Firebox, released the 'SATNAV Shoe' - this was of course a very well put together April Fools joke though.
However, thanks to Indian Tech firm Ducere Technologies, the SatNav Shoe is now a reality (although not quite as extravagant as the Firebox spoof). The LECHAL (Hindi for 'take me along') shoes and insoles vibrate on the left or the right to signal the way to go. This haptic feedback was designed to be especially useful to those who are visually impaired and would struggle to read a map or smartphone app in a busy street. The team have also designed the LECHAL to be useful for runners and walkers by tracking the number of steps as well as a rough guide to the number of calories burnt.
Speed Camera Data Updated - v12.043 - 16 Apr 2014 & This Week's Subscriber Award Winners
This week sees 91 static and mobile speed cameras added, removed or modified in the live database.
Of the 47 unique submitters that were the first to submit qualifying reports this week, congratulations are due to the following 13 members, who have won a one year subscription extension:
Aeb62162, andythechicken, DERRICK, james0478, jimmy3372, kdes24uk, keblec, kevp1, Maddcow, Merkin, stevetomes, trotor, wensleydale.
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Nine users missed out because they did not hold a valid subscription. The remaining 25 qualifying submissions came from lifetime members. Please join us in sending our thanks to them for taking the time and trouble to report speed cameras for the benefit of us all. They are:
adamwolfe, AndyN, BMW330, CAA_0528205956, DennisN, docpaul, dorsetbred, Funks, GerryC, golfgti-man, Harrow, hudsonl, madxsi, marmitebcfc, mcousin, nock01, OBH6UK, PaulB2005, PhilB, Pirate3000, Rick-uk, Shush59, soweezy, TerryUK, TheGeneral365.
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