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A GPS compass was invented that indicates a selected point on the map

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun26,2024

Invented GPS compass indicating the selected point on the map

The red arrow will show the direction, the black – distance to the desired object. However, he knows nothing about the features of the landscape.

A biophysicist from Buffalo (USA) Carl Smith invented a device whose main arrow points not to the north, but to the selected location. The auxiliary arrow shows the distance to this point. The device, called Truest North, is equipped with a GPS chip that reads signals from two different groups of satellites. It reports New Atlas.

Other electronic components – an inertial measurement unit for tracking movement, a light sensor and a 1000 mAh lithium battery. All this is housed in a one-piece maple wood body surrounded by a brass ring and covered with glass. A short black arrow moves along a scale on the faceplate, indicating distance in meters or feet. The design of the front panel can be chosen from four options.

The compass is sent to the buyer, having pre-programmed it to a given location. Wherever the device is, it will always show the direction and distance to that point relative to the current location. It can be reprogrammed using a light sensor. To do this, you need to select a new destination in the smartphone on the Truest North Compass website, and then bring the compass upside down to the phone screen. The screen will begin to flash, transmitting the new GPS coordinates to the device using a binary code.

If the compass is frequently moved or reprogrammed, it will need to be recharged approximately once a week. But even if the battery runs out, the hands will remain in the desired position, and will not return to the neutral "home" position.

Truest North can be used during walks and hikes. The device indicates the exact direction and will take you where you need to go, but do not forget that it does not know anything about the features of the landscape – borders, highways, reservoirs, pits and other obstacles. The compass takes magnetic declination into account, but large metal objects or magnetic fields nearby can interfere with its measurements. for example, from power lines. It works best in clear weather, warns the inventor.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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