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A Brief History of Geolocation

flOat mobile learning Geolocation * Why are geospatial apps so important?" Portability, ubiquity and connectivity - these three affordances of mobile devices have created a new learning platform that is distinct from other educational tools. Combining these affordances to leverage the generation of geospatial data is transforming learning in ways we are just starting to imagine. More than 2,000 years ago, ancient Greeks triangulate their position using stars History The Naval Research Laboratory polishes what we 1940s now know The U.S. Navy uses six satellites to locate submarines in 1959 as radar The Soviet Union launches Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite Through the 1980s the U.S. military mapped out how GPS 1980s President Ronald Reagan announces GPS for civilian use in commercial aircraft to improve safety would work In 1983, Russians shoot down Korean Airlines flight 007 when it wanders off course In 1989, Magellan launches the first handheld GPS 1989 The Benefon Esc! launches in 1999 as the first commercial receiver GPS phone GPS is used for President Bill Clinton combat for the first time in the Gulf War ends Selective Availability in 2000, ensuring more accurate GPS locations 2000 HousingMaps is the first mashup of Google Maps and Craigslist yelpk Google Maps debuts in 2005 Yelp (2005) and Foursquare (2009) popularize mashups of geolocation data 2005 The U.S. Supreme Court rules warrantless GPS tracking constitutional in 2012 foursquare As smartphone sales soar in the 2010s, GPS sales decline Geolocation Technologies Geolocation can use many different technologies to power smart phone applications. (9) Near Field Communication Cell Tower GPS Wi-Fi Jeff Jonas, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics Group "Geospatial data is going to rip the lid off what's computable." Geocaching and Beyond Traditional Geocaching A geocacher will place a waterproof container containing a log book (with pen or pencil) and trade items, and then record the cache's coordinates. These coordinates, along with other details of the location, are posted on a listing site. Other geocachers obtain the coordinates from that listing site and seek out the cache using their handheld GPS receivers. The Dead Drop A USB cache or "dead drop cache" location has a USB drive embedded (with permission) into walls or other structures. The cache is retrieved by connecting a device that has a USB port and can read standard text files. Wayfiler App Wayfiler is an app that provides unique geolocational capabilties. Wayfiler ties the Web and cloud file services to real-world locations via its unique metadata layer and packages it into an easy-to-use app. How does Wayfiler work? Place files in your Dropbox account on a map for others to find and download. Search for files using maps. WAYFILER Dropbox Sources: http:/ http:/www.nps govigisigpshistory html soviet-union MagellanGPS.pdt escl-44.php http:www.gps gov/systemsigps/modernization/sa http:googieblog.b http:oradar.oreilly.oom/2008.0Shousingmaps-in-3d.html to-engage-oustomers hlog 1g-your-way html flOať https://wikis.pepperdine.eduidisplay/0sBMEMstoryeofeGeolocation http:/ vs acbive.aspx mobile learning

A Brief History of Geolocation

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Float Mobile Learning looks why geolocation matters to coincide with the launch of its latest mobile learning app, Wayfiler


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