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Spark Fun dropped a load of wonderful with some new goodies – A GSM/GPS module that you can query when you call it, awesome (you can finally make a GPS enabled rotary cell phone, ring ring) – and the open source Arduino board (see MAKE 07).

GM862 Cellular Quad Band Module with GPS – This is the latest technology available to the M2M (Machine-to-Machine) market. The GM862-GPS combines the powerful GSM engine of the GM862 with a SiRF III 20-channel high sensitivity GPS receiver. Call up the module, issue the GPS query command, and you’ll have NMEA data! If this unit is within range of a cellular tower, you’ll know where it is within 9 meters anywhere on the surface of the earth – Link.

Arduino USB Board – Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple i/o board and a development environment that implements the Processing/Wiring language. Arduino can be used to develop stand-alone interactive objects or can be connected to software on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP). The open-source IDE can be downloaded for free (currently for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux) – Link.

Related:
Arduino Fever – The tale of a cute, blue microcontroller that fits nicely in the palm of your hand, and the expanding community of developers who love and support it. MAKE 07 – Page 52.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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