Sunday, February 13, 2005

GPS on a small scale

QinetiQ has just announced smallest GPS unit ever produced, and they really do mean small. For those not aware of it's history Qinetiq used to be part of the UK government's Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) but was spun off around the middle of 2001 into a civilian company which incorporated bulk of the MoD's non-nuclear research.

Since it's produced by QinetiQ everyone immediately thinks about it's military applications, although their own press release tries to emphasize its use in freight tracking. But I immediately thought about mobile phones, a reciever this small could be fairly easily incorporated into a phone and it'd let us do lots of things like position based searching that are much harder to do today.