GPS isn’t just for your car anymore. RoamEO is introducing a new location tracking system for your pets. Using a GPS enabled collar coupled with a handheld device, you will now be able track the movement of your pet and determine its exact location. Of course, there are limitations. The device can only track up to three pets at a time, and in ideal settings the device only works within a one-mile radius. However, you are able to create a virtual fence which will alert you should your pet travel beyond a certain perimeter, and let’s be honest, how many people will let their beloved pet roam more than a mile from them?
Why does the everyday driver need this fancy-schmancy electronically charged license plate blocker (made especially for one of the cars in the Bullrun)? Because the future of License Plate Recognition (LPR), just got a lot scarier. Andy Bucholz, who designed one of the first mobile LPR equipment, recently gave a presentation where he outlined the future possibilities of LPR which includes,
everything from helping insurance companies find missing cars to letting retail chains chart customer migrations. It could also let a nosy citizen with enough cash find out if the mayor is having an affair.
Giant data-tracking firms such as ChoicePoint, Accurint and Acxiom already collect detailed personal and financial information on millions of Americans. Once they discover how lucrative it is to know where a person goes between the supermarket, for example, and the strip club, the LPR industry could explode.
Private detectives would want the information. So would repo men or bail bondsmen. And the government, which often contracts out personal data collection — in part, so it doesn’t have to deal with Freedom of Information Act requests — might encourage it.
Big Brother is watching … it sounds like License Plate Recognition will soon evolve to License Plate Tracking.
Once you plug in your iPod, the cover art is featured on the large, functional, LCD touchscreen. Flicking the screen will skip a track, and spinning the screen will fast forward or rewind the song. Finally, an iPod dock where function seems to follow form.
GPS is a great thing if you’re outdoors and have a relatively free line-of-sight to orbitting satellites. Indoors, under covering or in an area where you have a weak signal and that great GPS isn’t so great. That’s where Cyril Houri comes in. Cyril has developed a new system that can triangulate your position based on Wi-Fi hot spots or cellular towers.
After becoming frustrated with GPS navigation systems, Cyril created Navizon — a system that relies on a database driven social network. People with GPS systems use the software to map out the Wi-Fi and cellular landscape in their area. The data they collect is synchronized and is then made available to those who don’t have GPS, but do have a either a Symbian or Windows Mobile based smartphone. The best part, it’s free!
Numark has announced that they will soon be releasing the much anticipated 2nd generation iDJ, the iDJ2 — this time with pitch control!
Unlike the original iDJ, the new iDJ2 features only one iPod dock, but can play two songs simultaneously from a single iPod. The mixer provides real-time scratch, pitch control, looping, and full cueing of music from the docked iPod.
Pitch control, the need for only 1 iPod, an LCD screen displaying waveform and digital track profiling, line inputs for alternate audio sources, support for MP3 Ogg, Vorbis and AAC, and the ability to record your performances … who could ask for anything more! Of course, the price has yet to be announced, but the younger brother retails for $250.
Sanyo has unveiled its latest offering in their Xacti line, the VPC-HD1 high definition camcorder that is small enough to fit in your shirt pocket. The camcorder features true 720p high-definition video, 10x optical zoom lens, 5.1 megapixel still images, 2.2 inch OLED display, 9Mbps transfer rate, built-in image stabilizer, and 20 minutes of full resolution capture to a 1Gb SD card all packed into a package measuring a mere 3.1 x 4.7 x 1.4 inches.
Advanced Technology Office, LLC has announced that they will be offering a new product called iSee. Measuring a mere 6″ X 3.2″ X 1.1″ and weighing only 6 ounces, this little device will allow users to record analog video content to most fourth generation iPods, and then playback the video on either the larger 3.6″ LCD screen or directly to a TV.
The iSee video recorder for iPod extends the functionality of most Click Wheel iPods to include music, photos, video recording, storage and playback. With the iSee video recorder, iPod users will record and store their favorite shows and movies directly from TV, cable, satellite, DVR or any other analog source. In addition to viewing on the iSee, video files can be played back on any TV with an “analog in” connection at standard 640 X 480 TV resolution.