Thursday, January 05, 2006

Innovation x Gadgetry: SkyScout & FlyOver

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2006 is under way in Vegas so that you won't suffer from lack of choices when trying to decide where to expend your money in your next gadget. Buying really innovative products might make the difference between keeping your money around for education, research and development or sending it overseas for cheap cloned manufacturing. But the economy will flow either way.

Pointing stars

SkyScout combines several technologies, including GPS to help those interested in the sky and its stars and other objects but overwhelmed by its size.
"Put simply, the device knows where you are on Earth, the precise angle at which you are holding it, and exactly what celestial object is in its direct path at the time and day of the year you are using it. It also works in reverse, helping you locate an object using directional arrows inside its viewer. A multi-media planetarium-like experience then tells you all about the objects you’re looking at. It is portable, rugged and compact, and requires no set-up or calibration whatsoever."

The technology developed by the Irvine (CA) based Yamcon "combines data from 3-axis sensors measuring the magnetic and gravitational fields of the Earth, along with GPS and a substantial celestial database, SkyScout Technology enables a hand held device to accurately identify and/or locate nearly every object in the sky visible to the naked eye."

According to Celestron's press-release [SkyScout is] "about the size of a camcorder and weighs less than 16 ounces." SkyScout will be available for sale for $399.99 on March 20, 2006 according to Amazon.


Now that thieves are going after GPS devices installed in vehicles, you might want to get a real teaser with 3D bird's eye view over real time image maps. But for now only in Japan where 3DVU is testing the 3rd generation of its products. Hopefully some entrepreneur will pick the Israeli-based company for a deal in the US market.

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