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As GPS technology becomes cheaper and more compact, it is time to start thinking of its uses for purposes other than navigation. One possible use is the keeping of time for those travelling through time zones. A GPS chip could be intergrated into a basic watch, with an output that could forward or
rewind a watch, 1 hour, when the watch crosses a pre-programmed time zone line. Currently, travellers often make the mistake of changing their watch or notebook or PDA time upon arrival at an airport. This can lead to botched meetings or schedules. The GPS time chip could fix this problem in watches, as well as other technologies. On a side note, other advantages would include: possible tracking of stolen watches or computers, cheap watches at the airport (they would probably subsidize expensive technology for the purposes of tracking customer travel patterns).
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[angel, Jul 05 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]
||Baked. There are already wristwatch-sized GPS units which do this (one from Casio, I think). The GPS PCMCIA card in my laptop allows me to do this too. Automotive GPS systems sometimes implement this feature. A good idea, but sadly not original.
||Well, I would dispute the baked call on the basis that the current allegedly wrist-watch-sized GPS units are anything but wrist-watch sized. But yeah, not original.
||In a few years time I believe that GPS technology will get
cheaper. It would save all the fiddling with watches every
time I go on holiday abroad each year.