Thursday, October 12, 2006

Satellite Radio TechWorld Finds A Patent Application for Portable GPS/Weather Data/SatRad Combo

GPS/XM WX Combo Patent Application (via Satellite Radio Techworld)

A patent application was disclosed today, October 12, 2006, for a combination unit for a rugged, portable GPS with weather data tied to location. Although is says that it could work with Sirius or XM or other services, it specifically mentions the XM WX service. I would have to have one of these. This has huge implications for first responders. It was originally thought to be a Garmin application. No ties can be found back to Garmin. The real applicant is making a conscience effort to hide who they are. Two of the inventors can be tied to Bushnell in Overland Park, Kansas, plus one other inventor that appears on another, similar application. Perhaps Bushnell is planning to enter the GPS market. GPS is not listed as one of their products on their web page, but clearly there are GPS applications tied to Bushnell. There is a Bill Cross and a Richard Ball is this application. In other applications, there is a John W. Cross, probably the same as Bill Cross. There are also several other applications that tie all the inventors to a Christopher Lalik, not a very common name. Lalik is also listed as a Bushnell inventor. It is conceivable, but doubtful, that all of these inventors quit Bushnell and went to work for Garmin, since it is in the same area....read more: here

10/12/2006 11:59:00 PM

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