Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Tracking traffic, pigeons and wolverines

Verizon Wireless announced the availability of VZ Navigator where mobile phone users can obtain directions, find addresses in U.S. and get turn-by-turn directions. Initially offered for the the GPS-enabled Motorola V325 (which sells for $129.99, and includes 30Mbytes of storage) will cost $9.99 a month for unlimited use.

XM Satellite Radio added more citites for its GPS-based traffic reports Nav Trac with services provided by Traffic.com. Acura and GM owners can buy new models equipped with on-bard GPS and their service as an option.

Researchers will fit the elusive wolverines that live in the Glacier National Park with GPS receivers and radio transmitters to study their movements.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that as part of the events of the Inter-Society for Electronic Arts annual symposium, Beatriz da Costa from UC Irvine is planning to release pigeons equipped with GPS receivers and carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide sensors on small enough backpacks. This should happen in San Jose by August 5th. Beatriz plans to report the pigeons activity and the measured air quality at their own (not active yet) blog.

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