DARPA Working on a Navigation Chip Smaller Than a Penny

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DARPA is working on a navigation chip that is smaller than a penny.

A GPS is useful and convenient for navigating and locating places in day to day life and for military operations.

But GPS satellites can malfunction and cause major problems for operations that depend on the technology.

Researchers from the University of Michigan working for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA have developed a microchip that can be used when GPS technology is unavailable.

The chip is smaller than a penny, and contains instruments to measure orientation, acceleration and time, which are the necessary pieces of information in order to navigate between two locations.

Andrei Shkel, the DARPA program manager said: “The high-performance material properties of silica make it the material of choice for integrating into a miniature package….Small enough and…robust enough for applications when GPS is unavailable or limited for a short period of time, such as personnel tracking, handheld navigation, small diameter munitions and small airborne platforms.”

What do you think? Is there a need for such a technology?