According to a BBC report, geospatial technologies have helped determine that The Great Wall of China is A LOT longer than previously thought. They state that, “Archaeologists had lobbied for the survey to be done to provide scholars with an accurate understanding of the construction. ” The wall is actually 8,850km (5,500 miles) not the 5,000 km commonly thought.
The idea of a networked, connected, location aware solider capable of providing a multitude of rolls depending on the situation has long been the dream of the US military. Newsweek is reporting that Apple’s iPod touch and iPhone might be making that dream a reality. The multifunctional nature of the device and the fact that it can network with other devices apparently make it a great platform for military use. Personally, I’m supremely impressed it’s rugged enough (with a case) for military use. A quick search on Craigslist or ebay will show you a number of people who clearly HAVEN’T found this to be the case. All in all, it’s a pretty interesting read and a good case study on the importance of multifunction devices that are locationaly aware.