In its most basic form, global positioning technology provides users with real-time information about their locations. However, as this technology continues to evolve, developers continue to meld it with other technologies to create advanced devices that were once thought to be impossible. Each year, more of these devices hit the market, to the delight of tech enthusiasts everywhere. To help consumers prepare for the future, some of the GPS-enhanced developments anticipated for 2013 are detailed below.
Google Glass is a revolutionary product currently in the works and expected to be released sometimes during 2013. Cleverly referred to as “a smartphone for your eyes,” these glasses will allow users to access information based on GPS technology and a camera contained within the glasses. The information will then display on the glass, directly in front of the user’s eyes.
GPS and the Health Field
According to the Huffington Post, self-reported stress levels have risen dramatically in the past 30 years, with women reporting an 18 percent increase and men reporting a 25 percent increase. In response to this trend, innovators in the health field have developed several new products to help consumers reduce their stress levels and improve their health, and many of these items make use of advanced GPS technologies.
For example, sports watches are now available with GPS mapping technology that consumers can use to map a jogging route and keep track of the distance they run or walk. Consumers can also find plenty of smartphone apps that make use of GPS technology to help users find healthy places to eat or shop. These apps often provide other benefits as well, such as constant heart rate monitoring and tips on relaxation.
GPS in Commercial Transport
In the commercial trucking industry, advancements in GPS technology have led to the development of the Electronic Onboard Recording System, or EOBR. After an EOBR has been installed in a commercial transport vehicle, it keeps track of the vehicle’s behaviors, including the amount of time the driver spends on the road, the speed at which he travels and the vehicle’s real-time location. All of these features are powered by GPS technology. Using the information provided by EOBRs, motor carriers can improve the safety and efficiency of their operations. In fact, the use of EOBRs in the trucking industry was recently made into law by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
In addition to the health-related applications that now make use of GPS technology, other smartphone and tablet applications are putting GPS into action as well. New apps in this category emerge every day, and continued improvement is expected throughout 2013. Examples of apps that utilize GPS technology include those that allow users to identify stars and planets in the night sky, as well as those that identify nearby restaurants, stores or other relevant retail locations. Finally, GPS technology will be heavily involved in all applications that inform users of their friend’s recent locations and allow them to check in with their own current locale, such as FourSquare.
Although it may seem that technology couldn’t possibly become even more advanced, innovators are far from finished. As GPS technology continues to improve and become more accurate, it is likely that consumers will have access to even more products that make use of global positioning.