GPS without GPS

June 27, 2005 at 7:20 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

After being put off by the price and unreliability of commercial GPS systems, not to mention the ability of the US military to putz around with these signals when we may need it the most, I thought that 802.11b/g wireless access points may be a way to get GPS-like functionality in urban areas at a lower cost. Now it seems that a Boston startup done exactly that. Imagine your laptop or PDA/iPod, coupled with GIS data from Google or Yahoo and the right software. Suddenly, that $699 Garmin receiver (plus more $$$ to get locked into their proprietary data formats), isn’t as attractive anymore.

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