The folks over at MacBreak Weekly had a fun discussion on LBS, GPS, etc at around 35 minutes in episode 45. The discussion starts with a rumor of an Apple standalone GPS and wanders around from that point.
If you didn’t already feel as if you’re every move is now being tracked and turned into someone else’s data, then check out Hitachi, Ltd.’s new employee ID and sensor network. The system is based on a name-tag style personal sensor network terminal, that each employee wears around his or her neck. The device tracks the wearer’s location, monitoring activities as well as the amount of time each worker interacts with other workers. On the safety side, the devices are also equipped with radio communication, and additional sensors.
The real-time data collected by Hitachi’s network is processed by servers and then displayed as a “topographical map of the organization.” The goal is to show how workers interact with each other to determine the relationships within and between groups of workers. So, not only does Big Brother know where you are at every moment, but they also know who you’re talking with and, of course, who you’re avoiding.
The Hitachi system is in the experimental stage right now, but they may be planning to put it on the market in 2008.
Don’t forget that you have until 11:59PM Pacific Daylight Time on July 2 to answer any of the 5 contest questions we have posted over the last 5 weeks. For each question you answer correctly you receive an extra entry…answer all 5 questions correctly your name will be in the hat 5 times. You can get the full details and links to the questions in this post. The Grand Prize winner will be announced on episode 104, our second anniversary.
The Grand Prize will be a Mio 320C, but there will also be other great prizes as well.