>suppose Molsen is the first to use it with a transmitting device. Uhh, no. Lots of companies have done this. Emergency response vehicles, taxi cabs, limos, airplanes. I read a story about a cement company in Mexico that's doing this for all their trucks to allow their dispatchers to assign them more efficiently and help them route around obstructions. I'm sure the military has gone way beyond anything like this. They went hog wild with regular GPS's during Desert Storm. No telling what's happened in the intervening 10 years.
This may be the smallest use of one. You would just need a bare-bones GPS receiver, connected to one of those cheap cell phones. I know I read a story recently (on Slashdot?, maybe Wired) where someone was planning on printing the circuitry for a cellphone on paper. Cheap, one time use (short time, anyway) phones. Needs a little engineering to get it all to work in the size of a beer bottle. Activates when someone opens the bottle, I guess. Wonder what indication the drinker will have as to what's going on. Did the article say? I can't be bothered to re-read it.
> ---------- > From: firstname.lastname@example.org[SMTP:email@example.com] > Reply To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2001 3:04 PM > To: email@example.com > Subject: [gpsstash] Re: Human Caches? > > --- In gpsstash@y..., Kluso@I... wrote: > > IN WHAT IS BELIEVED to be the world's first use of the U.S. > > military's Global Positioning System of satellites, Molson Canada > and > > Marketing Drive Canada have brewed up a new promotion for Coors > > Light... > > > > http://www.msnbc.com/news/604575.asp?0na=2314360- > > The "world's first use..." was by those who developed it...the U.S. > military. The world's first 'commercial use for marketing purposes', > afaik, would be by 20th Century Fox for the Project A.P.E. caches. I > suppose Molsen is the first to use it with a transmitting device. > > >