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Apple Granted a GPS Patent to Locate Parked Vehicles

Saturday, February 1st, 2014
United States Patent Application 20140028477
Kind Code A1
Michalske; Steven C. January 30, 2014


Techniques are provided for locating a parked vehicle using a mobile device. In one embodiment, the mobile device may automatically detect when a moving vehicle is being parked and save its GPS location at that point at the location of the parked vehicle. The mobile device may later output the saved location of the parked vehicle when a user, such as the driver of the parked vehicle, requests the information. In some embodiments, the mobile device may communicate with the vehicle in order to determine when the vehicle is being parked.

Inventors: Michalske; Steven C.(Sunnyvale, CA)
Name City State Country Type
Michalske; Steven C. Sunnyvale CA US
Assignee: APPLE INC.
Appl. No.: 13/556985
Filed: July 24, 2012

Current U.S. Class: 340/990 ; 340/989
Class at Publication: 340/990 ; 340/989
International Class: G08G 1/123 20060101 G08G001/123



The Terrestrial Goes Extraterrestrial – National Geographic Channel UFO investigators get both scanning and surveying capabilities in one imaging station

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Author: Don Talend

After decades—centuries, even—the question of whether or not life forms from other galaxies occasionally visit Earth remains unanswered. For the latest attempt to unravel this age-old mystery, the National Geographic Channel assembled a team of trained investigators to visit several sites where unidentified flying objects allegedly have been sighted. The network aired the investigations in its Chasing UFOs series in summer 2012.

Ben McGee (left), an investigator on the National Geographic Channel Chasing UFOs series, sets up a survey grid using the Topcon IS-3 imaging station while Scott Langbein, Topcon’s director of product marketing, provides technical assistance.

Whether or not the forensic investigations proved that some UFOs are actually spaceships transporting alien life forms is up to viewers to decide. As is the case with all programming on the network, viewers learn something about the planet in the process of being entertained. Among its own discoveries, the team learned something new about terrestrial positioning technology, too, having been equipped with an instrument that combines advanced imaging with high-accuracy surveying capabilities.


GeoCity by Ars Electronica

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

GeoCity is a new way to visualize geospatial data and information with a presentation and information platform in a use friendly way. This futuristic, interactive and customizable solution is available as mobile application or as multi-user installation.


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