The Rise of GPS: From Burger Antennae to Pocket Rockets
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Remember the 80s? Big hair, neon spandex, and novel GPS units the size of your head. These clunky contraptions, sporting antennas that resembled petrified cheeseburgers on toothpicks, promised navigation nirvana... eventually. After minutes of agonizing lock-on times and directions delivered in the dulcet tones of a constipated robot, most drivers just resorted to asking for directions at gas stations.
But GPS, like a shy teenager, blossomed over the decades. Gone were the burger-antennae, replaced by sleek, integrated units whispering turn-by-turn wisdom. Base and rover systems, once the domain of surveyors with thick wallets, became accessible, allowing centimeter-level accuracy for farmers, construction crews, and even adventurous geocachers. Then came NTRIP RTK, a magic word that transformed smartphones into precision GPS powerhouses, streaming correction data like a GPS buffet.
But there was still a nagging problem. These new-age GPS receivers, while powerful, were often finicky, expensive, and about as portable as a baby grand piano. Enter Bad Elf, a company with a mission to put the "global" back in "Global Navigation Satellite System." They ditched the bulky casings and burger-antennae, opting instead for sleek, pocket-sized units like the Bad Elf GPS. These little rockets packed a serious punch, supporting multiple constellations (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo), and boasting both helical and patch antennas for optimal signal acquisition.
But Bad Elf didn't stop there. They understood that sometimes, you need more than just the built-in antenna. That's why the Bad Elf Flex boasts an SMA connector, allowing you to attach any standard antenna your heart desires. Fancy a high-gain antenna for maximum performance? Go for it. Want a discreet, low-profile antenna for covert ops (ahem, geocaching)? No problem.
The message is clear: GPS hardware doesn't have to be
- and or resemble a forgotten McRib
Bad Elf proves that powerful, versatile, and even stylish GPS solutions can fit in your pocket, ready to guide you wherever your adventures take you. So, ditch the outdated burger-antennae, and embrace the new era of GPS – where small is mighty, and the world is your oyster (accurately navigated, of course).
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Dr. Smilovsky is the Geospatial Solutions Director for Bad Elf, a GNSS technologies company. Dr S is a faculty member at Arizona State University teaching various GIS and design classes. He is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional, a certified Arborist, and a Part 107 certified UAV pilot. As a geospatial evangelist, custom geospatial solutions provider, and geographic researcher Dr. S is widely versed in all things geodetic. He is a proud Geoholic!