Wednesday, April 30, 2008

GPS of the future...

So here's my crystal ball gazing for the future. I believe, that in about two years time, we will not recognize GPS' as they are now. Why?

Apple's new 3G iPhone will be introduced this summer, with two 8-gigabyte-memory and 16-gigabyte-memory models. The new iPhone will also have a GPS chip for navigation and "other location-based services."

Now, what does "other location-based services" mean? Perhaps this is a feature that may be in competition with the SPOT satellite messenger? (But perhaps not waterproof;)

I don't know, but I for one will be hoping my already out-of-date and discontinued Garmin GPSMAP 60CS will hang on for another couple of years.

6 comments:

DancesWithSandyBottom said...

Five years from now when you misplace your "waterproof-shockproof_phone_camera_gps_spot_chartplotter_web-browser_e-mail_calendar_watch_timer_car-keys_credit-card" device... it will very quickly feel lonely and will try to contact you in several ways including via an e-mail message that includes a map and gps coordinates of its location along with a photo of its environment. The premium version of the iEverything will additionally call out using a noise activated or meowing (or barking if you prefer) similar to those times you've accidentally locked your cat in the closet. This will be very important because, being the size of today's wristwatch, it will be easy to misplace.

Michael said...

Actually I'm waiting for the implanted iEverything. It'll fit just behind the ear and will run you through a warm-up yoga routine just before you got out for a paddle. Afterwards, it'll defibrilate your heart which probably stopped when the lightning hit your foredeck and then play soft music on the drive home to help you calm down. I can't wait! In the meantime the folks in Borneo will get the iphone before Canadians do...

Silbs said...

Is that a hose running from the gadget to behind the cockpit???

Angie said...

hello! this is so off topic of GPS...well..actually not, as I'm trying to LOCATE contact info for Wally Funk. I saw in one of your older blogs that she is a friend of yours...and it seems there is no contact info on the www...so, I thought I'd take a chance here!
My friends named their beautiful labra-doodle after Wally, and I want to request a signed pic for them! Wouldn't that be Speshul?
Anyway...I appreciate your help!

Angie angie@parasol.com

DaveO said...

You can bet I'll still be carrying my map and compass. It hard to push 'reset' if you drop the dang thing in the lake.

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