The never-ending brouhaha with regards to the Xiaomi Mi 8 continues.Today, fresh information has been let out of the bag.This phone is due to arrive on May 31st and it seems like five years from now for the rumor mill when in fact it is only just five days.From the revealed poster, Xiaomi Mi 8 might just be the world’s first smartphone with a dual-frequency GPS.This means that the Mi 8 is coming with so many first’s.It will be Xiaomi’s first smartphone with an on-screen fingerprint sensor, it will also be Android’s first smartphone which uses the 3D structured light technology.
Chinese bicycle sharing company Mobike has continued its international expansion strategy by launching its services in India in two cities - Bhubaneswar and PuneMobike has partnered with Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) for the eco-friendly ‘Public Cycle-Sharing System’ in the city whereby 2,000 cycles with global positioning system (GPS) will be made available in the first phase before the Hockey World Cup, scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar from 28 November to 16 December this year.Meanwhile, in Pune Mobike has signed an MoU with Pune Municipal Corporation to support the municipality’s Pune Cycle Plan.Mark Lin, head of international operations of Mobike said: “Mobike is committed to developing a global bicycle share culture by collaborating closely with cities in India.Having lived in India for several years, I can fully appreciate the positive impact that a smart bicycle-share culture will bring to the residents."Vibhor Jain, chief executive officer (CEO) of Mobike India said: “We are working with a number of cities across the country and are confident that the launch in Pune will be the first of many such partnerships with city administrations in India, allowing us to make cycling the most accessible, affordable, safe and convenient mode of urban transport in India.
Tufts University boffins believe the combination of 5G and the Internet of Things will make it impossible for networks to track the expected tens of billions of connected devices.Their answer, proposed in this week's Proceedings of the IEEE, is an algorithm that places less importance on anchors like base stations or GPS satellites, and instead distributes location-gathering among devices.The problem with those anchors, the researchers explain, is that the number of anchors needed will get out of hand: “such centralised positioning solutions may become unwieldy as the number of users and devices continues to grow without limit in sight”, they say in the abstract of the paper.Their “cooperative linear distributed iterative solution”, they wrote, only needs local measurements, communication, and computation at each agent.The paper, by Usman Khan, Sam Safavi, Soummya Kar and José Moura, proposes that location be determined by way of device-to-device communication, meaning it can happen indoors, underground, underwater or under heavy cloud – all of which can defeat GPS-based location.Rather than use computationally-costly nonlinear calculations for position, the Kahn algorithm uses “a linear model that quickly and reliably converges on the accurate position of the device”, the university explained.
The National Infrastructure Commission has announced the shortlist of finalists for its competition to design roads fit for autonomous vehicles and the digital economy.The aim of the Roads for the Future competition, launched in partnership with Highways England and Innovate UK, was to encourage the development of ideas to prepare physical infrastructure for autonomous vehicles.Smart traffic lights, flexible use of kerbsides, segregated driverless zones, and sat-navs were among the entries, which did bring forward some pretty interesting ideas.“We can see for ourselves the progress in developing cars for the future, with trials of driverless cars taking place across the country – we now need to make sure the technology on our roads keeps up,” said John Armitt, Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission.“These five entries clearly stood out and I look forward to seeing how their ideas develop further over the coming months.”The finalists will not have three months to develop their ideas, before the overall winner will be announced in the autumn.
Although they’ve yet to dominate the market like smartphones have, there’s little doubt left that smartwatches are here to stay.People have been slower to jump on the smartwatch bandwagon so far – with many users asking why they even need one – but these smart wearables have come a long way lately, with some fantastic brand-name models being released in recent years.Garmin is one such name brand that has thrown its hat in the ring, offering some of our favorite smartwatches and activity trackers with its Vivo, Forerunner, and Fenix lineups.One of its latest, the Fenix 5, might just be Garmin’s best one yet, offering bomb-proof build quality along with a great array of smart connectivity features.The Garmin Fenix 5 is a multisport fitness watch, built from the ground up for use with just about any indoor or outdoor activity you can think of, from swimming to hiking.It boasts a heart rate monitor, along with a full suite of standard activity-tracking features (collecting metrics like distance, calories burned, etc.
Smart bike helmet manufacturer Coros is expanding its lineup once again, but this time it is adding an entirely new kind of wearable to its catalog.The company has introduced a GPS fitness watch called the Pace that offers some intriguing features for runners, cyclists, and other outdoor athletes.With an attractive price and excellent battery life, the Pace includes all of the features you’d expect to find in a fitness watch, including GPS tracking (GLONASS support included), a built-in optical heart rate sensor, and support for a variety of sports and activities.The watch is made from lightweight, yet still rugged materials and comes with a sport-focused watchband that is durable and breathable.The wearable device weighs just 42 grams (1.4 ounces), is reportedly waterproof down to 50 meters (165 feet), and comes packed with an array of technology that includes a compass, accelerometer, gyroscope, and a barometric pressure sensor that accurately measures elevation gain and loss during a workout.Coros has given the Pace a 1.2-inch color display that can be customized using the Coros app (coming soon for iOS and Android) to show only the information that an athlete requires.
Australia’s government has tabled its proposed budget for financial year 2018/19 and as usual there’s lots of technology-related spending to contemplate.Welfare payments agency Centrelink gets AU$316.2m to spend over the next four years on the third tranche of its Welfare Payment Infrastructure Transformation project.The Department of Veterans’ affairs will have $111.9m to spend on a “digital front door” for former members of the armed forces.There’s also $106.8m “to modernise the health and aged care payments system”.$92.4m will be spent in 18/19 on “GovPass”, described as “a new digital identity solution for accessing government Services” that will mean “Individuals will be able to prove their identity to a government agency or accredited non-government organisation, and then re-use this proven identity when accessing other government services.”The Digital Transformation Agency has been told to “investigate areas where blockchain technology could offer the most value for Government services”, with $700,000 to help things along.
Multilevel road networks such as flyovers and overpasses are built in large cities to solve traffic congestion.Vehicle drivers relying on GPS navigation who accidentally drive onto a flyover with intention only to proceed on the ground level will face this problem: the GPS navigation system does not realise the vehicle has entered a wrong level and continues to give instructions as if it were on the ground level.Only after quite a while will the system notice the wrong road level and begin to redirect to a new route.Present vehicle navigation system that uses GPS with positioning error of 10-30 meters has a long existing problem in determining which road level a vehicle has entered, especially for flyovers parallel to the ground level.Professor Anthony Yeh Gar-On's research team at the Department of Urban Planning and Design of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) offers a novel solution to this long existing vehicle navigation problem since GPS was used over 20 years ago by instantly identifying whether a vehicle has entered a flyover or is still on the ground level.The Angle Difference Method developed by the team compares the inclination angle of a vehicle and angles of different road levels stored in a Transport GIS to determine whether a vehicle has entered the ramp of a flyover or still on the ground level.
One thing common among self-driving cars right now is that for safe navigation they require 3D maps that are labeled by hand.A breakthrough at MIT will change that if the tech comes to market.MIT’s system can navigate, even on country roads, using only GPS and sensor data.MIT’s Daniela Rus says that the need for these dense 3D maps has limited where modern autonomous cars can operate.Roads that are unpaved, unlit, or not reliably marked are not navigable by current autonomous rides.MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a framework called MapLite that allows self-driving cars to operate on raids that they’ve never driven and that lack 3D maps.
Some days back we checked out the latest NO.1 F7 smartwatch, a wearable aimed at outdoor people who need a though device with a neat built-in GPS module.The smartwatch is today available for purchase during its pre-sale period at a special price, so if you were interested in getting the F7, keep reading to learn more about it before heading over to the sale page.The NO.1 F7 is equipped with everything you need to have a proper fitness companion during your trips.The watch does indeed feature a built-in GPS module and compass to aid you when outside in unfavorable environments.The F7 also has some additional features such as sport data record, an heart rate monitor, an OLED colorful display and a big 400mAh battery for around 20 days of autonomy.Finally, being a rugged smartwatch the NO.1 F6 features an IP67 rating, so it can withstand being in or around water.
Airtel and Jio have announced partnerships with Apple to bring the Apple Watch Series 3GPS+ Cellular to India.The watch will be available starting 4 May for pre-orders on Jio.com, Reliance Digital stores, Jio stores and the Airtel website.The wearable will officially go on sale starting 11 May across the same platforms.Though the GPS+ Cellular version isn’t officially on sale yet, it has been listed on the Apple website where you can compare it to the GPS only variant.The GPS model has been in the Indian market since last year with two further variants also available.The sport-band form costs Rs 32,380 and the Nike+ band form is priced at Rs 32,470.
As I drive through the vineyard-covered hills of San Luis Obispo, Calif., the tiny Global Positioning System receiver in my phone works with Google Maps to alert me to upcoming turns.Using an algorithm he called hemispheric torquing, he could then apply a magnetic field to adjust the rotor’s position, sending it spinning along the desired axis without changing its overall position in space.Transit’s system worked with as few as four satellites (though the constellation typically included more) in low polar orbits.Ivan Getting, president of the Aerospace Corp., didn’t think that was good enough.Parkinson said he’d take the job if he could be named program manager.The team had already developed much of the plan and wanted to demonstrate it using four satellites—not an inexpensive proposition.
Next month, Brad Parkinson receives the IEEE Medal of Honor for his work bringing GPS navigation from concept to reality.In addition to Parkinson, there’s Ivan Getting, whose vision set the stage for GPS today—the full text of my 1991 article on Getting is here.This former HP engineer started his own company to exploit the newest free resource—the Global Positioning Satellite systemGlobal Positioning Satellite program—a U.S. government plan to launch a constellation of satellites that would allow users worldwide to pinpoint their locations—was by no means a sure bet.That year Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard Co., which had had four engineers working on the technology for some four years, took its cards off the table.And those winnings ballooned into a bonanza during the Persian Gulf War, when the U.S. military turned to Trimble Navigation Ltd. For some 10,000 portable GPS receivers.
The next year I interviewed Charles Trimble, founder of Trimble navigation and one of the first to bet his company on the commercial possibilities of satellite navigation; the full text of that profile is here.Next month, Parkinson will receive the 2018 IEEE Medal of Honor for his work.But the net gain has been a huge, even though my children will never know how to read a Thomas guide or a AAA Triptik.What follows below is my 1991 article profiling Ivan Getting.The founding president of the Aerospace Corp. was the force behind the Navstar global positioning system of satellitesPart of the coalition forces in the Persian Gulf might have been lost in the dessert were it not for a vision that Ivan A.
The GPS cycling computer market continues to get more competitive and crowded, with new options arriving on the scene regularly.The all-new Edge 130 is a diminutive computer that bucks the recent trend that favors touchscreens in favor of good old fashioned buttons instead.The device measures just 2.5 inches in length and weighs a mere 1.2 ounces, but still manages to pack in an impressive amount of technology.Its onboard GPS (with GLONASS and Galileo compatibility) allows the Edge 130 to track speed, distance, and changes in elevation.It can also pair with a smartphone to provide text messages, incoming call notification, and weather alerts, while also offering turn-by-turn navigation cues.The device is even compatible with Strava Live Segments, allowing riders to race one another in real time.
If you’re one of the many golfers who struggle with estimating the distance to the hole, we have just the gadget for you.The GoGolf GPS is a wearable device that reportedly offers accurate measurements from your current location to the center of the green, making club and shot selection easier than ever.Weighing in at just 0.25 ounces, the GoGolf GPS is designed to clip on to a golfer’s hat or glasses without adding much in the way of bulk.Once locked into place, users simply need to push a single button to hear the device audibly announce the current distance to the center of the green that they are approaching.The gadget can also provide the distance the ball traveled from of the previous shot too, which not only comes in handy when tracking performance but in “best ball” competitions too.The GoGolf GPS pairs with a smartphone via Bluetooth and uses a specially designed app that is available for free on iOS and Android.
Zeblaze seems to be one of the most active wearables makers from China in the last period, with devices Zeblaze Plug C, Vibe 3 and Thor S hitting the market with quite a success.Today, the company unveils a new smartwatch in the Thor lineup, the Zeblaze Thor PRO; let’s have a closer look.The Thor PRO is equipped with a 1.53-inch IPS full round screen, with bright colors and faster response times compared to reflective colored screen.The smartwatch also packs a quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage to potentially store lots of social media apps or games when supported.As for the autonomy, Thor PRO uses brand-new large battery, with battery life improved by 20%, providing better reliability for daily life.Camera wise, the 2MP HD camera along with a custom-optimized image processor will be able to get clearer pictures.
Today, we’re going to walk you through our list of the best GPS running watches on the market.Garmin says the watch can hold approximately 500 songs at one time, and you can also download offline playlists from select music services like iHeart Radio.It’s a bit pricey, but we really think the high price tag is worth it.Garmin’s fenix 5 lineup might be jack-of-all-trade devices, but they’re some of the best GPS running watches you can buy today.They all feature Garmin’s impressive Elevate heart rate trackers, built-in GPS (of course), water resistance up to 100 meters, as well as navigation features with a 3-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter.Users can get call, text and email smartphone notifications.
India has successfully conducted the satellite launch needed to re-construct its Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).The Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C41 ascended on Thursday, April 12th.Atop the craft was a satellite designated IRNSS-1L, the last of seven satellites in India’s constellation of navigational craft.India understand that satellite navigation services have become an assumed resource for all manner of applications, but that relying on another nation’s network is fraught with danger in the event of war or other disputes.Like Russia, China and the European Union, India has therefore decided it needs a satnav system of its own.India’s already completed the network once before: in April 2016 we covered the launch of IRNSS-G, which at the time was the seventh satellite in the constellation.
No.1 is a chinese company that is specialized in wearables.The products have always a good value for money worth and they are worthy of what they are advertised for.It provides everything we want from a smart sports band with GPS support and IP67 waterproof rating.The price is reasonable at 57$ and it worths every single penny comparing it to a simple smart band.No.1 F5 – Technical CharacteristicsScreen: 0.95 inch, 94X64 OLED, colour touch display with Corning Glass protection