On December 27, China flipped the switch on its new national GPS service. Dubbed “Beidou,” the system promises best-in-class performance and will likely make the Asian economic superpower a global leader in GPS.  With the launch of its 10th satellite earlier this month,  Beidou currently provides location data only to China and its surrounding regions, but the plan is for all of Asia to be covered by 2012. Full global coverage is expected by 2020, when a total of 35 satellites are scheduled to be launched and operational.  

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GPS tracking has been used to chart animal migratory patterns and other behaviors for years. This method of tracking, and the even more invasive method of implanting RFID chips, however, could be a thing of the past with increased technological breakthroughs in cameras and digital algorithms. Learning an animal’s location could now be as simple as snapping a photograph.

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Endoscopes, small cameras attached to fiberoptic cables used to explore the innerworkings of the human body, have revolutionized diagnostic medicine. Their only drawbacks up until this point have been their prohibitive price, and the fact that they need to be thoroughly sanitized after each use. A German institute, however, may have remedied these deficiencies by making the cameras significantly smaller, and disposable.

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ctrus-football_02_s3fbo_22976_aovqv_54Agent has developed a concept football called CTRUS. This transparent football uses GPS tracking technology combined with an RFID chip to make it easier to identify close calls over the goal line or the side line. A high-tech football (or soccer ball for U.S. folks) like this one could have easily avoided the controversy surrounding Thierry Henry’s handball goal against Ireland.

The reality is that the technology for such a football is already available, so this isn’t that much of a futuristic concept at all. Not to mention, that this isn’t the first instance where we’ve seen GPS tracking being used to make a sport more efficient. Just last month gps trackers were used at Super Bowl 44. At this rate, we’re confident that within the next few years we’ll be seeing GPS tracking implemented in many creative and strategic ways for many different kinds of sports.

(Via GizmoWatch)

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A new slang term has recently been a hot topic of discussion. Sexting refers to sending explicit text messages or pictures of a sexual nature. Although many parents think their children wouldn’t engage in this activity, sexting has become a more and more common practice among teenagers. A practice which often leads to devastating consequences.

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