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Google Introduces Star Droid App To Help Stargazers

In what many term as an yet another example of an innovative application from Google, the search giant is planning to introduce a mobile phone application named Star Droid which is designed to help people identify planets and stars.

It seems that Google is not satisfied by merely allowing its users to track their position on ground but is literally allowing them to track stars based on their location by using GPS technology.

When a user points his phone camera in to the night sky, the application will utilize the GPS technology to ascertain the actual position of the mobile phone user and will then compare it with the existing maps of space in its database and then attach the respective name tags to the planets and stars.

However the fact that the application will use a phone’s view finder to track the stars can throw up a challenge since what a user visualizes from a particular location depends on several factors like lighting and fog; while people living in rural areas can surely look forward to exploit the potential of the application to the maximum, bright lights that are common in big cities are unlikely to make the task easy for the application.

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Our Comments

Google always had a love affair with everything that has to do with Space. They are the sponsor of the Google Lunar X Prize, which is a project to get the first privately-funded robotic rovers to land on the Moon by the end of December 2014. They also have updated their Google Moon online tool and enjoy a close collaboration with NASA and other space agencies.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.