Can we make a Northstar-esque device with GPS tracking capabilities?
So I have been looking lately at ultra-small GPS crystals made by Rakon lately. For several years I have wanted an implant with GPS tracking capabilities (yes, the one thing we don't have yet that everyone is afraid of).
How easily could we add a GPS tracking chip to a device like the northstar? The chip would feed off the same battery and inductive charging. I could see one of the leds in the device turning on when the battery is running low, or turning green when the device is fully charged and the charger is present.
Integrating GPS capabilities into an implant would have several benefits. It would allow an automated home system to keep track of where you are and react accordingly (whether or not you remembered to take your phone with you). Another more futuristic use has to do with autonomous cars.
If all cars on the road were autonomous, it makes sense that the transportation system should also keep track of the location of individuals. By tracking individuals and their movements, the system could take appropriate action of the part of the cars to keep people safe. Sure, no autonomous system can be 100% safe, but tracking all elements present could definitely help.