Doug Bedell — May 16, 2014, 12:36 pm

Down the Road, GPS Could Give Way to a ‘Quantum Compass’

The Global Positioning System (GPS), dating from the 1970’s, is facing replacement by a “quantum compass” system, In Homeland Security (IHS) reports. It will be 3-5 years before the new system is ready for mass production, but scientists in the UK, at least, believe it’s definitely in the cards, says IHS writer William Tucker.

A quantum compass “determines location based upon supercooling trapped ions, thereby reducing the effect of external radiation. This allows the ions to become so sensitive that they only respond to electromagnetic fluctuations produced by the earth. Measuring those fluctuations would then be used to determine location.” Wow! Turn right at Futuristic Road…

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