Portable GPS

Portable GPS Chips for Mapping and Tracking

Portable GPS devices are growing in availability and popularity.  Many people consider GPS technology as just useful for their car, but portable GPS tracking and mapping systems have a much wider range of uses.  GPS tracking chips are currently being built in to many commercial products including pet collars, jewelry, PDAs and clothing.  Please check back often as we explore the various uses of portable GPS best technology.

Portable GPS devices have become so small and lightweight that they can be built into many commercial products. For example, portable GPS devices can help safely and easily track your child’s location by being embedded into his shoes. If he runs off, whether he was distracted by something, merely forgot to tell you they are going to a friend’s house, or just got lost in a crowd, you’ll be able to track him and map his location. With built-in mobile GPS online tracking and mapping chips you will know where your child is at all times, and all it takes is a cell phone, laptop, or other portable device to track him.

Portable GPS chips are linked to a system of satellites which are accurate to the meter in determining the position of whatever has a portable GPS system embedded. They can be used to track kids, pets, cattle, property, and even yourself. And best of all, they are so lightweight you’ll forget its even there!

Uses for Portable GPS Systems

Some uses for Built-in GPS Chips include:

  • If you enjoy hiking or long-distance running, the built-ins can track how far you went, exactly what you route was, and, most importantly, where you are if you happen to get lost through the use of GPS tracking and mapping.   The GPS software is easy to install yet incredibly powerful and accurate, so your PDA, laptop, smartphone, etc. can be the perfect device to receive the information you need to track and map your route and location using GPS technology.
  • Built-in portable GPS devices can track your teen to make sure she is safe and secure, and doing what she told you she was going to do.   GPS chip technology can truly give you peace of mind!
  • Portable GPS chips can be safely and easily built in to a variety of popular personal items, including necklaces, anklets, watches, shoes, mobile phones, belts, hats, and many pieces of clothing.  Then these items can be tracked using GPS online software.
  • Portable GPS Tracking hips can be part of a child’s clothing or jewelry, and thus can be used for online GPS tracking your children whether they are playing in the yard or you are going to a busy place.  The GPS tracking system can be activated immediately if you lose sight of him or her
  • Mobile GPS chips can be built into clothing such as sneakers and jewelry, which can help you know where you are on a long hike or map the long walk or run you just took and know how far you went using GPS software.  This portable GPS technology is useful and amazingly accurate
  • Portable GPS Chips are so portable they can be built into pet collars so that you know where your dog or cat is, should they get out of your yard.  GPS Collars are even used with birds and other pets who tend to naturally roam.  Never lose your pet, and keep him or her out of danger with portable GPS chip technology.

GPS Tracking and Mapping Systems:  Clearly not just for the car anymore!

We have more detailed information about commercially available products with built in GPS Chips on our “Built in GPS Products” page

Portable GPS Device Advances

One of the drawbacks to even the best portable GPS devices is that they tend to draw down the battery of many devices such as smartphones and cell phones too quickly.  Often people actually turn off the embedded GPS functionality for mapping and tracking so that they can preserve their battery life.  After all, the built in GPS chip actually has to be always on and this drains the battery, especially if GPS tracking is being used in many applications at once.  It is therefore not surprising that many companies have been working on better and more efficient ways to power built-in GPS chips.  The results of these pursuits are suddenly coming in and they seem very promising.

Like so many other issues that are being solved these days, the answer to lessening the power consumption of built-in GPS chips lies “in the cloud”.  Basically since the built in GPS chip is using so much power because it has to do many calculations in providing GPS Mapping, the theory is that if some or most of these calculations could be done in the cloud, the embedded GPS chip would have less to do and would use less power.

The early results, which Microsoft is leading the way in developing, have been extremely promising.  Moving the energy burning calculations to the cloud has allowed built in GPS chips to be tremendously energy-efficient.  If this technology succeeds, consumers could actually begin looking to built in GPS Tracking and Mapping to do even more as opposed to less, and application developers could resume an aggressive pursuit apps that use GPS mapping and tracking to its fullest potential.  And is this embedded GPS power innovation is successful it may also mean that mapping and tracking functionality could be added to more types of devices, including those that run on low-power.

Portable GPS Systems in 2015

Portable GPS is becoming quite popular and is seen in many devices.  That said, often the question comes up: What will the next likely advance be in portable GPS technology?  Often the answers stoke the imagination – what could new uses for these small and portable GPS chips possible be?  What is the next thing that people will want to either track or map the movements of?  Sometimes, however, the answer to the first question is a little less exciting than usual but still important.

Portable GPS System Size

For 2015 we predict that the advances in portable GPS technology will not revolve around the methods of using these GPS chips for tracking and mapping, but rather the ways the chips themselves are shrinking.

Portable GPS chips are already getting incredibly small.  We’ve seen chips measuring as little as 2.9 x 2.9mm.  Take out a ruler and you’ll see just how small and amazing that is.  The smaller these chips get without losing their effectiveness, the more uses we will be able to find.  Thus while news about advances in portable GPS technology that centers around the size of GPS chips may not be the most interesting or exciting news there is, it could be the first step toward incredible advancements in how this technology is used.

One caveat as you follow this technology – unless these new shrunken chips have power supplies and antennas that are as powerful as their older cousins, there may be problems with how functional they are at transmitting signals under less than ideal conditions (e.g. when implanted in a pet).  So while the size of the GPS chips that we see in 2015 may be impressive, we will also follow the related issues of whether these new chips also have adequate power and antenna capabilities.

Portable GPS Fun

Portable GPS technology can also be used for fun.  A few Summers ago, just over 100 Coke cans were embedded with a global positioning satellite receiver. If you found you had one of the GPS cans, you could claim the grand prizes.  The cans looked exactly like a regular Coke can, and was approximately the same weight. You would basically activate the chip be calling a specified phone number and then the “rescue teams”, using the GPS tracker, would come deliver their prize.

Of course, the fact that they would have to carry their cans with them everywhere they went for up to three weeks wasn’t lost on the marketing and promotional people at Coke. They were being tracked by the portable GPS chip inside.  As a fun added aspect, anyone could watch the cans with embedded gps chips being tracked at a web site.

This promo shows that portable GPS chip technology can be a fun, useful, and effective way to market a product. The fact that GPS chips are so small, inexpensive, and lightweight allows them to be used in this way.  Of course, GPS Chips will be used in even more widespread and “serious” ways than this marketing campaign. However, as Coke proved, the technology has matured to an amazing degree.

Portable GPS vs. Built in

We have to be honest here.  Sometimes a portable GPS tracking or mapping system is actually preferable over a built-in system.  Portable GPS systems have a few advantages over their built in cousins in certain situations, such as:

– They can be cheaper sometimes, especially if you will have to pay someone to do a nontraditional install of your built-in GPS chips.  For some older ways of using GPS, such as in cars, it may be cheaper to have a portable than to have the dealer build in your system if the car does not already have one.

– If you have multiple products you need your Built-in GPS system in, it might be cheaper to by one portable system rather than installing them in one vehicle.  Thus if you have two cars and neither has a built-in GPS system, one portable system may be a better option until you get new cars that will likely have embedded GPS.

– Portable GPS systems allow you to input your coordinates , such as destination, somewhere comfortable, rather than in a vehicle or outside.  In other words, portable systems allow you to input where you are going from your couch, or from in front of your desktop computer.

– Updating the database on a portable GPS system may be easier, not requiring you to be near wifi or otherwise do something less than easy.  Instead you may be able to plug-in your portable GPS device to your home computer for such as update, or at least bring it to where there is wifi.

These may be other compelling reasons to get an external, portable GPS system, depending on your reasons for accessing this technology.  But as you can see elsewhere on this website, there are certainly plenty of reasons why built-in or embedded GPS technology is often superior.  Keep your needed use, and also your budget in mind when making these decisions.

GPS software and chip technology is taking off and becoming more popular, and is clearly not just for the car or PDA anymore. It is possible that in the future mobile GPS chips could be embedded into clothing, built in to shoes, or a regular part of the manufacture of sports equipment like skis. For now you can stitch or fasten the small portable GPS chip onto whatever you desire, and easily install the software as an app into your PDA.

As this the best portable GPS devices becomes more advanced and sophisticated, consider looking into built-in GPS tracking and mapping chips for you, your children, and even your pets soon!  Look into GPS chip technology for your fun, practical, or serious use today. There are many ways it can be used, and with chips being so small and inexpensive, you can be as creative as you want.  One thing is for certain – it is getting quite interesting to follow Portable GPS Technology!