Gps Innovation

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A GPS Monster
Texas A&M University

Abstract

GPS is a widely used phenomenon that seems to have no boundaries. From finding the quickest route home through traffic to alerting the authorities on missing persons’ whereabouts, both can be attributed to GPS implementation to almost all electronic devices. These so called shortcuts in life that this innovation brings us are limitless, but I firmly believe that we still need to be educated on the concepts for which it was created. It is a scary thought to think that the upcoming generation could be sent back to the Stone Age with a simple flip of the switch. Using innovation to enhance our lives is gratifying is nothing else, but let us not allow our total existence to be determined through our iPhone.

Maps, what are those? You will not need maps where we are going. At any given moment we are somewhere according to a specific fixed location, unless you are on the fixed point then you are here. The literal point is that since 1997 anyone with a synced device with a relay transponder has the ability to precisely locate anything or anyone that has the transponder. This system of tracking locations is called a global positioning system, GPS. “Eighteen satellites, six in each of three orbital planes spaced 120º apart, and their ground stations, formed the original GPS. GPS uses these "man-made stars" or satellites as reference points to calculate geographical positions, accurate to a matter of meters” (Bellis). To most it is not that complex, in actuality most probably do not know or understand that process. Most users know GPS as a button on their smart phone. But how did our society go from a passenger flipping a paper map around and around to speaking a destination, only to have an app use GPS to guide you through any and all obstacles including traffic. Well there are five intrinsic…...

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