UK-based geotagging tech company Geotate and semiconductor manufacturer SiGe are partnering to bring GPS to mass market digital cameras that don’t cost an arm and a leg. The new solution utilizes SiGe’s SE4120 integrated GPS receiver IC while Geotate will provide its automatic geotagging software.
The Geotate software works by adding coordinates to digital camera images when they’re uploaded to a computer, saving camera battery life, eliminating the need for a wireless signal and allowing camera makers room for adding other value-added services to their hardware configuration.
Available to manufacturer’s for $5 a pop in the 4th quarter of this year, it looks like the first commercial implementation will actually be in the form of a video camera. Camera maker DXG will be releasing a commercial model utilizing the two technologies; both pricing and availability details are unknown.
Geotagging has seen extraordinary growth in 2008 and with all types of portable devices such as cameras and cellphones enabling the addition of location information to multimedia, 2009 is bound to bring all types of implementations of the phenomenon. My guess is that we’ll see it play a part in video and even web search.