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PC Sky Locate

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109930D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Parikh, SN: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

An intelligent linking of the Global Positioning System (GPS) is proposed which can create a powerful learning and locating tool.

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PC Sky Locate

      An intelligent linking of the Global Positioning System (GPS)
is proposed which can create a powerful learning and locating tool.

      The software-hardware resources now existing in millions of
homes is not exploited to create a truly powerful, USABLE tool which
will serve as a guide to skies - both day and night.

      The existing tools are largely based on the manuals which are
based on paper.  Often these resources require the user to exactly
identify the exact location (longitude, latitude) and exact time,
etc.

      A powerful tool needs to be created which can be used by
novices as well as the scholars in the field.

      There is a positioning system already in existence which is
based on satellites.  By the signals emanating from the satellites, a
receiver can exactly locate its exact location on any point on the
surface of the earth.  Such system is already in use by ships.
However, an interface is non-existent between the home PC and the
GPS.

      With such an interface, the PC can be turned into a powerful
tool.  With this interface in place, the PC can determine its exact
location.  Also, through its internal clock, the PC will know the
exact time.  In combining these two pieces of information, and at the
prompting of the user, the relevant portion of the sky can be
displayed (stars, planets, quasars...).  This input will be based on
a data base of known stars in the universe.  If the PC is moved to
a...