It's All About Location, Location, Location

Designing electronic gadgets so that they adapt to their environment promises to make them more efficient in carrying out their tasks and able to provide users with a better, more customized experience. Imagine, for example, headphones that automatically switch their noise cancellation feature on or off depending on where you are. This may be a small convenience by itself, but with a network of personal devices automatically adapting to every situation, user experiences would be greatly enhanced. But this is easier said than done — the gold standard for device localization is GPS, but GPS receivers tend to drain batteries, and moreover, GPS signals cannot be received indoors.

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