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Category: GPS + Navigation

DAQRI Smart Industrial Helmet: Augmented Worker

DAQRI Smart Industrial Helmet: Augmented Worker
The last time we featured augmented reality company DAQRI, it had borderline gimmicky applications for its specialty. But DAQRI is dreaming big with its smart helmet. Meant for field workers, the helmet leverages augmented reality to help professionals get around, learn, document and overall perform their job better.

Cat-worn Device Sniffs out Wi-Fi Access Points: WarKitteh

Cat-worn Device Sniffs out Wi-Fi Access Points: WarKitteh
Gene Bransfield will make you think about securing your wireless networks the next time you see a cat with a collar. The security engineer has become famous for his goofy invention, the WarKitteh. Hidden in a cat collar, WarKitteh records Wi-Fi access points along with GPS data.
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Navdy HUD for Cars Helps Keep Eyes on the Road

Navdy HUD for Cars Helps Keep Eyes on the Road
I’ve long wanted to have a slick heads-up display in my car to show me things like speed, RPM, and direction. That would be much cooler than having my iPhone attached to the windshield with a RAM mount.

goTenna Smartphone Radio Antenna: No Signal, No Problem

goTenna Smartphone Radio Antenna: No Signal, No Problem
An upcoming device called goTenna could turn smartphones and other mobile devices into modern walkie-talkies. The portable antenna uses VHF radio waves, allowing you to send text messages over short distances without the need for cellular reception or an Internet connection.

Adam Savage’s Awesome Man Cave Hits Google Street View

Adam Savage’s Awesome Man Cave Hits Google Street View
If you have ever watched an episode of Mythbusters, you know who Adam Savage is. He is the ginger that builds so many of the contraptions that smash myths – or prove them correct – on the show.

Robot Parking System: Metal Gear Valet

Robot Parking System: Metal Gear Valet
We’re already working on autonomous cars, so why not have autonomous parking systems? Düsseldorf Airport recently opened a premium parking service that employs robot valets called Ray. Made by Serva Transport Systems, Ray is equipped with forklifts to transport vehicles in and out of the airport’s parking area.

Hexo+ Is a Flying Autonomous GoPro Camera Drone

Hexo+ Is a Flying Autonomous GoPro Camera Drone
Aerial filming is a cool way to share more of what’s going on in some sports or activities. GoPro cameras are used by a lot of active folks to record their antics, but most of those videos are recorded from the wearers point of view.

Google Maps Offers “Dragon” Transport Easter Egg

Google Maps Offers “Dragon” Transport Easter Egg
If you want Google Maps to give you directions from Snowdon to Brecon Beacons in Wales, it will estimate travel times by car, bus, foot, plane, bicycle, and now by dragon. Obviously we want to go by dragon.

Google Maps 3.0 Update Adds Lane Assistance and More

Google Maps 3.0 Update Adds Lane Assistance and More
I go to the same places roughly every month and you would think I would memorize the routes. It’s usually very early in the morning when I am driving and I can’t see landmarks, so I rely on Google Maps navigation to clue me in.

Lechal Footwear Guides You to Your Destination: Head on Your Heels

Lechal Footwear Guides You to Your Destination: Head on Your Heels
A couple of years ago we saw a pair of shoes with built-in navigation capabilities. That was a one-off, but it looks like you’ll be able to buy something similar to that in the near future.

Google Glass Privacy App Spots Security Cameras & Other Glass Users: Soliton Radar

Google Glass Privacy App Spots Security Cameras & Other Glass Users:  Soliton Radar
Modern stealth action video games like the Metal Gear Solid series and the new Deus Ex often have a radar feature that lets you see enemies and cameras, among other things. New media artist Sander Veenhof made a similar app for Google Glass.

Virtual Cane Helps Blind People Move Around with Voice Prompts

Virtual Cane Helps Blind People Move Around with Voice Prompts
Last year we saw a robot cane for visually impaired people that warns its user of obstacles with an audible alert. The Virtual Aid for the Visually Impaired or VAVI by grade 10 student Roman Kozak is an even more convenient prototype for a high tech cane.

Google Maps Pokémon Challenge: Gotta Fool ‘Em All

Google Maps Pokémon Challenge: Gotta Fool ‘Em All
This April Fools’ Day, the elite leaders of Google Maps are looking for the very best, like no one ever was. They need your help to catch Pokémon scattered all over the world. The winner gets a chance to officially become Google’s Pokémon Master.

Cloak App Uses Foursquare & Instagram to Help You Avoid People: The Antisocial Network

Cloak App Uses Foursquare & Instagram to Help You Avoid People: The Antisocial Network
The rise of social media networks and services have made it very easy for people to reach out and be heard. But a new iOS app called Cloak uses these very services for the opposite effect.

This App Helps You Locate Girl Scout Cookies

This App Helps You Locate Girl Scout Cookies
Do you feel like having some delicious cookies today? Since I’m going with the assumption that everyone wants to do good inherently, then you might want to reach for your phone every time you want a cookie – just make sure you install the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app first.

Nissan Rear-view Mirror Can Switch to Rear Camera View: Who’s the Nearest of Them All?

Nissan Rear-view Mirror Can Switch to Rear Camera View: Who’s the Nearest of Them All?
Nissan just made the rear-view mirror twice as useful. Its Smart mirror neatly hides an LCD monitor, which can display live video from a camera mounted at the rear of a vehicle at the flick of a switch.
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