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.
Garmin inReach Brings Satellite Messaging to Your Phone
Garmin this week announced its inReach series of satellite communicators. These standalone handheld devices can also be paired with any Android, iOS or Windows 10 smartphone to provide satellite-based text messaging and GPS mapping on your phone even where there is no cellular coverage.
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.
Awareness API from Google to Power Contextually Aware Apps
Developers will soon be able to make their apps aware of their surroundings thanks to the new Awareness API. The API can support up to seven different signals at once, including time, location, places, beacons, headphones, activity, and weather, to deliver contextually aware information.
it's kinda like you can never really forget where you put your phone?
Oh, you can still forget.
Better leave it on, though.