Posts Tagged ‘GPS’
Whats Toyota’s new GPS have in common with a Nintendo DS?
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 05:38 Written by Justin Holman Wednesday, 23 May 2012 03:00
Well in Japan, the Nintendo DS is a GPS. In a interesting move by Toyota, the Kuruma de DS cartridge (translated, Use the DS in the Car) is a new GPS device intended to be used by the passenger. The DS will hook up to the vehicle using a blue tooth chip, which as we all know is a rather simple system to attach. Now you have a wireless handheld device that gives you all the control of a GPS! But you can see why it has to be a passenger only utility, since it takes two hands to use! Probably would help if your used to using a Nintendo DS in the past.
With interesting features such as sightseeing info and trivia questions prompted by your current location, it’s obvious that this was developed as not only a practical tool but as a source of entertainment. The written text is read by your Miis, and you can set up the sound for your DS to go through the vehicles speakers if you wish.
But you want to know what really shocks me? See the full story for the price breakdown! Read more: Whats Toyota’s new GPS have in common with a Nintendo DS?
Einstein:1- CERN: 0
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2012 02:27 Written by JCWaitWat Thursday, 23 February 2012 02:27
If you cast your minds back to last year, you may remember that some folks in lab coats were doing something with physics, and it was all rather important. Well it became even more important when the electrons that they firing round the circuit at CERN seemed to travel faster than light. Now I never paid much attention in Physics, but I do remember being told that nothing could go faster than light. If something did, science would fall apart around us.
The folks down at CERN found that the packets of energy were arriving 60 nanoseconds before the speed of light. To give you an idea how tiny the difference was 60 nanoseconds is 60×10- to-the -9 seconds or simply 0.0000000060 seconds. Simple! I’m sure Einstein was turning in his grave when the results appeared. And with those results, the entire science community freaked out, exclaiming that there’s no way it could be true because it goes against Einstein’s special theory of relativity. Well, they were right.
According to sources close to what was happening at CERN, Science reported that the 60 nanosecond difference was actually due to… a loose wire. Yes. A loose wire. Three years of preparation went into this experiment and it was undone by a loose connection. The delay came from a dodgy fibre-optic cable which connected a GPS receiver and an electronic card in a computer. Of course, this is not 100% confirmed fact yet and so we’ll have to wait for a statement from CERN before we can tally the scores of Einstein versus Science.
Geeky Gadget Review: Cobra Universal Cig Mount
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:22 Written by LoganDX Tuesday, 20 December 2011 01:00
We tech addicted geeks are always in need of some way to keep our toys active during our car rides through the mean streets of…wait, where are you from again? Anyways… most of us roll around in our DeLoreans with a GPS engaged smart phone. Might be following navigation clues to the nearest Kripsy Kreme or possibly hitting up a new hidden geek cellar. Maybe we need to jam to some tunes streaming down from Google Music. Then again some of us want to scream at people via speakerphone. The biggest deterrent to that? Who really wants to hold their phone while driving!?! That’s where Cobra’s new Universal Cig Mount comes in.
Cobra fused a flexible shaft to a standard cigarette mount, added an USB charger and polished it off with a super sticky holding plate to craft something for geeks with all sorts of gadgets. Plug it into your cigarette socket, twist it to your liking and then slap (gently) your chosen device on the super sticky pad. It combines the usefulness of a car charger with a hands-free mounting kit that can be carried from vehicle to vehicle. I received a test unit from Cobra and put it through its paces. How did it stand up to Mr. Destructo? Hit the jump to find out!
LightSquared Solves Broadcast Concerns
Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2011 07:53 Written by Nick McD Friday, 28 October 2011 09:00
Following lots of concern that LightSquared‘s new broadcast methodology would be interfering with GPS signals, railroad radio control broadcasts, military mobile nets, and more, they have announced a revised design that will not cause the end of the world. However, the design isn’t on their own product, but is a joint effort with PCTel to create customized antenna solutions so that the equipment being interfered with aren’t actually creating the interference themselves in their own micro-antenna structure.
“PCTEL has developed GPS antenna solutions that have solved a variety of interference issues that others said were unsolvable. Their wideband antenna provides an efficient and elegant solution for thousands of high precision device users,” said Martin Harriman, LightSquared executive vice president. Yes, folks, the problem wasn’t with LightSquared, it is a problem that is often seen as electronic broadcasting equipment shrinks in size. Press release after the break… Read more: LightSquared Solves Broadcast Concerns