Quantum entanglement could take GPS to the next level

New work on quantum entanglement could "improve the performance of any application that requires a network of sensors," researchers report.

Emily Dieckman-Arizona • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: physics light gps sensors electrons quantum-physics science-and-technology navigation radio-waves

Tiny gyroscope is 10,000X more accurate than your phone’s

A new gyroscope, so small it can fit on the tip of your finger, could help drones and driverless cars stay on track without a GPS signal.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
March 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: gps drones glass science-and-technology navigation vibration gyroscopes

Special neuron keeps direction like a compass

Rheobase neurons focus on keeping you headed in the right direction over long periods of time, new research in mice shows.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
Feb. 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: neurons brains science-and-technology navigation

Virtual town sheds light on how our brains perceive places

By having people navigate a virtual town, researchers gained new insight into how our brains perceive places and help us navigate our environment.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Oct. 9, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: virtual-reality brains science-and-technology navigation

Movement doesn’t help us learn virtual reality spaces

For learning about digital spaces in virtual reality, it may not matter whether we control our movement with a joystick or our bodies.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
Sept. 26, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: virtual-reality learning movement featured science-and-technology navigation

Better device tracking with Wifi could help indoor navigation

A new technique can boost tracking for devices while they're indoors where GPS doesn't work. It could help us get around places like airports.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Sept. 13, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: wifi mobile-devices science-and-technology navigation

Device pinpoints sound like a barn owl’s brain

The way a barn owl can use sound to home in on its prey could pave way for electronic navigation devices that mimic an owl's brain.

A'ndrea Elyse Messer-Penn State • futurity
Aug. 5, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: sound owls biomimicry science-and-technology navigation

Rat brains have special map cells for navigation

A part of the brain called the striatum helps rats make a mental map of their surroundings, research finds. The findings could improve autonomous robots.

Boston University • futurity
July 26, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: robots brains rats science-and-technology navigation self-driving-cars

‘Navigational goals’ help fruit flies move in a straight line

The way fruit flies navigate the world isn't as simple as you might think. Now, researchers understand more about their surprisingly complex calculations.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
July 22, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: neurons brains fruit-flies science-and-technology navigation

App and suitcase aid visually impaired people at the airport

A smart suitcase called BBeep and a wayfinding app can help visually impaired people get around the airport quickly.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
May 9, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: blindness travel apps disabilities featured health-and-medicine navigation

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