Friday, April 15, 2005

GPS-Enabled School Uniforms

Combine this with the new satellite Google maps and you can always know where your friends are...

Japanese school uniform maker Ogo-Sangyo Company has released their newest advancement in uniform technology: GPS-enabled blazers. The GPS terminals, located inside the uniforms, can communicate back to parents (or potential kidnappers, naturally) the location of their children, allowing them to know exactly how many stops at the okashiya they made on their way home. The terminals are built by Secom, whose GPS devices showed up in similarly-intended GPS satchels. - from Gizmodo

2 comments:

jawcey said...

wow - reminds me of an article i read ages ago (i think it was by the philosophers Adorno and Horkheimer, but i cant be sure), about Big Brother knowing your routine routes and therefore able to control your life and destiny if so desired. The writers' retaliation response to this was to take a different walking route every day - the less patterns one creates, the more free they are. i fear this GPS system eliminates possibilities of even that!

pw said...

interesting...unlike jocelyn and philosophers, it reminds me of iRobot - if corporations and institutions got their hands on those gps/routine routes...those kids could be onslaughted with media and propoganda - who'd have the greatest influence on children? i think the teacher would then probably rank a good second, parents a distant third...