by Mike Masnick

Wozniak Unveils Latest Startup

from the little-tracking-gadgets dept

A year and a half ago, we wrote about how Steve Wozniak was starting a new wireless company using GPS to "help everyday people track everyday things". Well, now, a little more has been revealed about the startup, and that initial description still applies. The company, called Wheels of Zeus (to play on the whole WOZ thing), has basically created a new network (running over the 900 MHz spectrum) that will let GPS-based tags communicate with a home-base, to tell you where the tags are located at any given time. The idea is that you put these tags on your kids or your pets, and can keep track of them. While the technology is slightly different, the end-result isn't all that different than some other location-based products out there (unless I'm missing something). While this might be useful for pets, it seems like mobile phones will have this sort of capability built into them in the not-so-distant future, leaving Woz with a fairly limited market (unless, as is possible, I'm missing something). Of course, there's also the question of privacy - but the folks at WoZ insist that there's no issue, since it's all a voluntary system, where the owner of the base station and the tags is tracking their own tags. Of course, that's nice, but if I were a kid wearing such a tag, I might resent my parents spying on my every move. As a dog, I might not care as much.

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    brandon, 3 May 2006 @ 3:00pm

    tracking device in cell phones

    Hi there this is brandon copley
    i am in the process of doing a university project for entrepreneurship.
    Me and my friend came up with an idea of putting a tracking function on your cell phone, which would be linked up to tracking bugs attached to your belongings (wallet, keys etc) we wanted to know if the idea is feasible firstly, also in your knowledge of these systems would it be expensive and how would your cell phone pick up the other bugs

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    andy juron, 16 Apr 2007 @ 9:04pm

    tracking device availability

    Hello mike, I am interested in the tracking device that wheels of Zeus is making.Actually Is really to track possible kidnap victims.There is a lot of that going on in my country now.Do you have any suggestion.I am looking for a device that is low in power consumption(can last at least one month without replacing the batteries or at least five days without recharging).Also one without a monthly fees.I will appreciate any advice you can give me.Thank you.

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    Gerry O'Connor, 18 Oct 2008 @ 2:03pm

    locating my glasses

    if this technology can be relatively unobtrusive i would love to have it on my glasses - losing trhem is costing me a small fortune

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