Roger Easton Is The Man

Roger Easton is 92 and lives in Vermont. He has become my hero. Roger invented GPS!

His invention came in 1955. That was two years before Sputnik, the first satellite launched to orbit.

Here we are in California. We are strangers in a strange land where all the roads cross at a 90°. It will take a while.

We started years ago with a standalone GPS. Feed it an address and get directions. That in and of itself is nothing short of magic.

What makes GPS more powerful is smartphone integration.

I know. It’s the same technology I despise when used by the government to stalk us. Nothing is simple.

Because my phone has a GPS receiver and is connected to the Internet, I can say (not type), “Target” and my phone will find the closest one and direct me there.

Even better, you don’t need to know the store’s name! Say, “Bedding” and the GPS will find bedding places nearby.

Try picturing yourself doing this with paper maps. They’re OK, but you have to know where you’re going before you use them.

You have no idea how valuable it’s been while stocking the new house. It’s cut travel time significantly. It also adds a sense of security.

Roger Easton: You are the man! Thank you.

4 Responses to “Roger Easton Is The Man”

  1. WOW! :) Ain’t technology great? I decided to Google this, and here’s a decent Wikipedia article:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_L._Easton

    My Wife LOVES the GPS! She thinks it’s THE cat’s meow. :) I love it, too… and we still have the “old fashioned” kind, where you have to “type” on it’s little screen. Still, it’s great! :) Any time we’re going ANYWHERE that is unfamiliar, it’s an essential! Paper maps? Only as an emergency backup! ;)

  2. Evi from Danbury says:

    Hi Geoff! Wow! Never knew that about GPS!!!! It is pretty neat. You are still teaching us science !!!! Still processing the 90° roads, though…no cow paths???

  3. Cindy from Brooklyn, CT says:

    One thing is for sure, GPS is a necessity in California.

  4. Richard Easton says:

    Hi Geoff,

    You may find of interest the book I’ve co-written about the history of GPS.
    http://www.potomacbooksinc.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=293771
    And yes, Roger Easton is my dad.
    http://www.thespacereview.com/article/626/1

    Richard

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