Social Activities That Use GPS

GPS has gone from a cutting-edge military technology to something so commonplace it’s found in most smartphones on the market today. In fact GPS technology has become so common that it’s being used to create new twists on old social activities. As long as someone has access to GPS, whether it’s a handheld unit or a program in a phone, there are all sorts of activities one can take part in.

GPS Mission

While GPS Mission is an actual website with pre-made scavenger hunts, the idea refers to a high tech scavenger hunt using one’s GPS. Whether one wants to be a digital-age pirate on the hunt for buried booty, or someone wants to add an element of spycraft into a hunt for clues, a GPS Mission is ready and waiting for you should you choose to accept it.

Geocaching

Speaking of buried treasure, geocaching is perhaps the most common form of this activity. Someone buries a single treasure, or even a series of treasures, and then relays the coordinates to those who are going to be looking for it. Instead of a buried treasure though someone could host a party in a location that’s off the beaten path, or even lead individuals in a roundabout route to a secret rendezvous. The sky, and one’s creativity is really the only limit.

Geodashing

If “Around the World in 80 Days” was a team sport, it would be geodashing. In a geodash event a series of random points of interest are chosen, and either a team or an individual attempts to reach the largest number of them in a given time period. If someone has a camera phone then it’s even possible to keep track of that individual’s progress via social media.

Waymarking

Waymarking is a way to blaze a trail through any environment to mark out all of the really interesting places someone has to see. If someone wants to find all of the best restaurants or night spots that a town has to offer, simply check the waymarkers to see who’s been through. If someone wants to get all of the best rides in an amusement park, or to find all those hidden, out-of-the-way shops that always seem to lurk downtown then it’s always good to check for waymarkers. If someone’s town doesn’t have any though, then it’s fun to get together with some friends and start exploring.

The Confluence Project

Everyone learned about the imaginary lines of latitude and longitude that circle the globe. These lines have been used for centuries as a way to find direction, and modern GPS technology also uses this same system. Confluencing is when people get together to go to the places where these lines intersect and take pictures of them. Getting together a party of people to go find where these lines intersect to have a look around might seem like a boring road trip, but it can make for an interesting, eye-opening weekend event for those who now know exactly what’s on a given spot on the globe.

What A Day Without GPS Would Be Like

A day without GPS would be much harder nowadays largely due to the fact that we have gone for so long now in using the technology. Many of us have become dependent upon it. People who have this technology would not recognize what an important role it plays in their lives until it is gone. 

How Bluetooth Technology Improved the Standard of Living

In recent years, Bluetooth technology has been growing in popularity. They have almost become a standard to be adhered to. Beyond the ability to offer bulk data transfers, there has been a peripheral passing of information to smartphones and other technology with relevant data in the blink of an eye. The majority of smartphones, wireless peripherals and tablets have been offer Bluetooth in one way or another. Bluetooth gives people data transfers that help to make life much easier. Bluetooth also offers a broad range of applications. Many companies have started using the technology because it has made life easier. The main aim is to make your life better.

The Different Ways GPS is Used

GPS can be used for a wide variety of applications. Bird watching has become a popular recreational activity that utilizes GPS. Users can mark the location of birds to come back for future observations. GPS gives coordinates to users. When looking for the perfect fishing location, the nice thing about GPS is that it can help you to make specific spots where all the fish are biting. You can mark the exact spot so that it can easily be returned to again and again. Farming has also become a popular use for GPS. The tractors can be programmed on autopilot, which will allow you to fertilize, plow and harvest. This will save farmers a lot of money. GPS also has the ability to collect samples of soil and sample the results over the plotted land, which provides a greater depth of knowledge about the soil for various parts of the area. GPS can even be used on cell phones to transmit the coordinates for a location should you run into trouble like an accident. It can be life-saving.

Technologies Used Before People Used GPS

One of the most commonly known technologies that was used before GPS would be the compass. In its earliest origins, the compass came from China. It has become widely popular as a navigation device, and even today, people still use it because they believe it to be more reliable than the GPS because when the electricity goes out so will the GPS. The Ramsden Sextant was a device commonly used for navigating the high seas. British mathematical instrument makers invented it, and it gave mariners the ability to find their position more easily.

Everyday Activities Done With the GPS

Police have been using GPS systems for making maps as well as basing it on different criminal activities. It can also display crime in a specific time period, and it has been used to monitor stolen vehicle and for high speed chases where GPS can later track the vehicle for punishment. Criminals on parole might also be required to wear a GPS.

These are some of the things that GPS has done to bring the world forward. Without GPS, the world would not have moved as fear forward as it has. These are some of the many reasons that you should consider using GPS. The difference that it will make in your life is phenomenal.

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