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News From The Future: Tiny GPS Sensors, In Everything

With a tiny-enough GPS sensor, it’s possible to track the location of anything from your lost keys to a runaway pet. That’s because the world’s smallest GPS receiver is now smaller than a penny and weighs only 0.3 grams. But that’s just the chip — what about all the electronics required to make it truly useful, like a system for remotely downloading the data it has logged? This GPS logger weighs 10 grams, most of which is battery. Custom-made by Telemetry Solutions of Concord, California, it’s small enough to attach to a fruit bat for research purposes. Data can be downloaded directly from the chip upon recapture, or it can be downloaded wirelessly from up to 500 meters away.


  • http://www.facebook.com/eduardo.yamin Eduardo Yamin

    Nice to RC planes!

  • http://profiles.google.com/scourtepatte Shaun Courtepatte

    They should rename this to “Worlds smallest publicly known GPS receiver”  … I’m sure the standard CIA or MI6 operative has something way more impressive

  • http://profiles.google.com/scourtepatte Shaun Courtepatte

    They should rename this to “Worlds smallest publicly known GPS receiver”  … I’m sure the standard CIA or MI6 operative has something way more impressive

  • johngineer

    Eventually we will have subdermal GPS implants powered by transdermal peltier junctions, and downloadable by NFC.

  • johngineer

    Eventually we will have subdermal GPS implants powered by transdermal peltier junctions, and downloadable by NFC.

  • Anonymous

    I want to put one on a cat collar.

  • Katie

    I am looking for something like this that would ping its location. Is there anything commercial grade?