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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.

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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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. johngineer says:

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

  4. johngineer says:

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

  5. Anonymous says:

    I want to put one on a cat collar.

  6. Katie says:

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