New GPS Chip Can Track Phones Indoors
Feb 1, 2007, 2:16 PM by (staff)
U-blox will introduce a new GPS chip at 3GSM sensitive enough to determine a location indoors. The u-blox 5 is able to read extremely weak signals, down to -160 dBm, from either the GPS or Galileo satellite network. This would allow users to get an accurate location indoors or in urban canyons where signals are normally weak. In addition to not requiring a powerful signal, the u-blox 5 does not require much power either, making it a possible choice for mobile device manufacturers. Currently no major handset manufacturers use u-blox chips in their phones.
Wilson Rebrands As weBoost
Wilson Electronics - long known for its cellular signal boosters - this week announced that its consumer products will now be sold under the new weBoost brand. weBoost's new Life line of boosters for home and car boost weak signals across all major U.S.
Timex Debuts Smartwatch with Mirasol Display
Timex recently unveiled the Ironman One GPS+, a connected watch for athletes. The stand-out feature of the One GPS+ is its touch display.
WeBoost, SureCall Roll Out In-Home Signal Boosters
WeBoost and SureCall both used CES as an opportunity to show off new cell signal boosters. Both products work in a similar fashion: they collect cell signals from nearby cell towers, amplify them, and rebroadcast them within the home to improve coverage and signal strength.
MediaTek Debuts P20 Helio Processor and Wearable Chip
MediaTek today announced the Helio P20 system-on-a-chip for phones and the MT2511 for wearables. The Helio P20 targets sub-flagship devices.
Bulk of Wireless 911 Calls Not Offering Accurate Location
Data culled from the FCC shows that the vast majority - 90% - of 911 emergency calls placed from wireless phones are not providing accurate location data. A company called Find Me 911 filed a Freedom Of Information Act request with the FCC in order to obtain the data.
it's kinda like you can never really forget where you put your phone?
Oh, you can still forget.
Better leave it on, though.