GPS (GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM) By: Kristen Ribelli
WHAT IS GPS?
GPS was first developed in the 1970s
Satellite-based navigation system. GPS was originally intended for military applications, but in the 1980s, the government made the system available for civilian use.
Works in any weather conditions, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT GPS
If you buy a new car, there is a good chance that an option is available to get a GPS navigation system included with it.
Cell phone GPS is also growing by millions.
Newer cameras have a built-in GPS! When you take a photo it tells you the latitude and longitude of where you were and stamps that information on the photo!
GPS-based location devices help police recover stolen cars!
Government transportation departments use GPS to oversee highway and waterway maintenance.
Firefighters, police and emergency medical personnel can respond faster and more accurately with GPS.
GPS was made for navigational purposes, forecasting the weather, and to act as a signal for incoming projectiles and other implements of war.
With such ADVANCE in technology, you can locate a destination very rapidly and not have to stop to get out a map, EVER AGAIN!
This technology has made it 100 times easier and safer to travel.
GPS hand-held devices are available with voice activation capabilities. This means that you'll be given directions verbally rather than having to read them on the screen.
**Voices come in different languages and different voices pleasing to the costumer.
IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE A GPS…..
Seek models that have at the least 12 channels. This allows your system to be picked up by more satellite. This gives clear reception and allow you to pick up info quicker. Those with less channels will take longer to pull up images and the directions you'll need!
Make sure it has at the least 8 Megs of memory in order that you can store additional maps and data. Memory storage permits you to save what you need. If your GPS has less than 8 Megs of memory, you might need to delete other maps. These small troubles could become bigger if you don't purchase the correct gear.
GPS are quite pricy running at about $280, but vary, depending on what you purchase.