GeoVector: Walk This Way

This digital compass can tell you where you are, and where to walk to get a cup of coffee. It's available in Japan, but why not the U.S.?

You could say John Ellenby has been brainstorming about the ultimate portable gadget for a quarter-century. After leaving Xerox's (XRX) legendary Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Ellenby formed startup GRiD in 1980 to develop a computer small enough to fit in a briefcase. The computer, dubbed the GRiD Compass, was one of the world's first portable computers, and Ellenby was instantly hailed as a tech visionary.

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