TAG: Smithsonian

Topcon GPS Tech Used to Create National Mall ‘Facescape’

August 28, 2014By
The facescape will be built along the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall.

Topcon Positioning Group’s technology and assistance will be used to create a large-scale landscape portrait planned for the National Mall. Artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada has been commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery to create a six-acre portrait that will be a composite of several different faces. The project, titled “Out of Many, One,” will use high-precision GPS survey technology from Topcon... read more

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First GPS Cell Phone on Display at Smithsonian

April 12, 2013By
The first GPS phone, by Navsys.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first GPS-enabled cell phone, developed by Navsys Corporation, is now on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Time and Navigtion exhibition, which opened today. This device marks an important step in GPS history that paved the way for positioning to become the integral component of communications technology that exists today, Navsys said. Navsys assisted in... read more

Smithsonian Time and Navigation Exhibit Opens Friday

April 10, 2013By
Stanley at the Time and Navigation exhibit.

A major exhibition opening April 12, “Time and Navigation: the untold story of getting from here to there,” explores how revolutions in timekeeping over three centuries have influenced how people find their way. This project is a unique collaboration between two of the Smithsonian’s largest and most popular museums: the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of... read more

Parkinson Presentation at Smithsonian Now Online, Exhibit Opens April 12

March 28, 2013By
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Bradford W. Parkinson, professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Emeritus at Stanford University, discussed “GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility” at a special Smithsonian event Thursday, March 21. If you missed his talk, you can view it now on UStream. Parkinson’s lecture at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., was part of the introduction of the new... read more

Brad Parkinson to Discuss GPS at Smithsonian Event

March 19, 2013By
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Dr. Bradford W. Parkinson, professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Emeritus at Stanford University will discuss “GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility” at a special Smithsonian event Thursday, March 21. The 8 p.m. ET lecture at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.,  follows a 7:15 p.m. viewing of the Imax film Space Junk 3D and commentary on the... read more

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Google Releases Indoor Maps for More than Twenty Museums Including Smithsonian

July 12, 2012By

Google announced on its official blog that it has released more than twenty popular U.S. museums to its collection of over 10,000 indoor maps that they launched in November. read more