GPS "and other sesors" in netbooks -- "to intelligently help users with their lives"?
Next they'll be wanting their arses wiped after successfully turning it on.
Pundits have been talking about building GPS and other sensors into notebooks for some years. Now it may actually happen. Optional for the moment, Intel is planning to mandate the addition of a variety of sensors into its Ultrabook spec. Speaking after his IDF keynote today, Intel's PC Group chief, Mooly Eden, said he wants …
I find it amazing how many people think GPS always knows where you are. To work with any decent consistency GPS needs to have a clear view of the sky. It's not going to locate you when you are in an office building unless you are close to the window. Even then it's touch and go. It won't work on the ground floor of a normal house or in a block of flats. For city-dwellers it's pretty rubbish.
Phones can get away with combining cell ID with where GPS last saw you to give something of an estimate but most of the decision-makes who think GPS is magic do so because their car Sat-Nav does a good job.
These work by comparing a map to wheel sensors (often the ABS) and rarely resort to GPS, even then cars tend to have a clear view of the sky.
Mapping wi-fi is a much better solution for laptops.
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