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DARPA Develops Navigation Without GPS

Posted: April 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on DARPA Develops Navigation Without GPS

DARPA Develops Navigation Without GPSGPS – Global Positioning System – has served the direction-challenged well, but the satellite based system some pretty outstanding drawbacks. Ever tried using your satnav in a tunnel? …or how-about something as simple as retrieving directions indoors??.

These hiccups might be a slight inconvenience for joe-public, but it’s downright disastrous for the military, the original GPS users.

Our favourite gadget-factory – DARPA – is addressing such concerns with the development of a completely self-sufficient navigation system, one that aids navigation when GPS is down.

DARPA researchers working at the University of Michigan have taken a clever approach with the creation of a – TIMU – Timing and Inertial Measurement Unit. The unit, a single chip containing a six axis IM – three gyroscopes and three accelerometers – integrating with a highly accurate master clock, all in a system  smaller than a 5 cent coin.

The chip integrates breakthrough devices from DARPA’s übercool – Micro-Technology for Positioning Navigation and TimingMicro-PNT program. The TIMU prototype gives the device the superneat ability to gather precise orientation, acceleration and time information to track a user’s position while travelling from point A to B :: Read the full article »»»»


SONY Denies PlayStation Vita Issues

Posted: December 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Gadget News, Technoid Game News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on SONY Denies PlayStation Vita Issues

SONY PlayStation VitaJust 5 days in and Sony’s PlayStation Vita is painting a strangely opaque picture. Sony, eager to make amends for the past 12 months of bad press and lax security.

Sony is facing technical difficulties with their latest generation of handheld games console, dead touch-screens and frequent system crashes oh my oh my. Sony seems to be doing what Sony does best, simply denying that there’s a problem?

To add to the confusion, Sony has posted a Q&A – rather than just A – on their PlayStation site. No Power? System Freeze? PSN Account Registration Issues? GPS/WiFi/3G Positioning Not Working? Some Games/Titles Won’t Work? The latter, and perhaps most important – ‘Some Games/Titles Won’t Work’ – is easily resolved.

The guide published by Sony to apparently assist Vita users in starting or restarting their device has been a source of further confusion, having been interpreted by media as a panicked response to help unfortunate users unbrick their consoles.

A Sony spokesperson however denied the negative press, saying that the guide featured “standard procedures” and had been published online “since before the launch.” Having PS Vita problems? Sony suggests you follow these steps :: Read the full article »»»»