The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint is already in talks with Garmin and Kodak, among others to put their GPS receivers and cameras in constant connections with the Internet. Sprint already provides the connectivity for Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader. That connectivity comes “free” with purchase for the life of the device.
The significance to geospatial? This is another step towards using location in new ways. The camera can upload images whenever they are taken, the GPS can share its location. And, the network can be the source of location, as well, for devices that need it.
One other thought: Having more devices with their own connectivity may help keep convergence down a bit. Why use the less than optimal camera in a phone when the camera has its own connectivity?