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In under half of a typical day, Apple pulls in enough money to purchase the indoor-location company that it just purchased. So when you hear of a $20 million acquisition price for WifiSLAM, don't fret -- it's not like Apple is really digging deep into its cash coffers to cut the check. That said, it's always meaningful when Apple snaps up a company. The outfit doesn't make acquisitions willy-nilly, and they usually forecast something that's coming down the pike. Apple picked up LaLa and then doubled-down on its musical efforts. It purchased Siri and then made it the standout feature of the iPhone... Read more...
As technology evolves, one thing in particular has remained a challenge for those in the location business: tracking indoors. Once those concrete walls start to add up, conventional GPS signals begin to falter. New technology from product development firm Cambridge Consultants, however, can reportedly "accurately detect someone's location indoors when GPS drops out." A number of sensors and a custom algorithm determine the location, with an accuracy of within approximately 1% of the distance travelled. Yet the technology uses low-power, low-cost sensors and the device concept is small enough to... Read more...
Right around a year ago, Google introduced the first wave of indoor maps. Being able to locate yourself while trapped within concrete walls -- in places like concert halls, shopping malls, etc. -- has been a challenge for a long while, but leave it to a company like Google to figure out a workaround. Now, the company is bringing indoor maps to desktop web browsers. Previously, Google's indoor mapping efforts were constrained to mobile. For now, Google's stepping gently into the new world. Only the main level of the available maps are available on the desktop, while multi-level buildings can be... Read more...