26 Mar '13, 10pm

Palo Alto Company Will Help Apple Navigate

Indoor navigation—the use of sensors and various local radio signals to help smart phones figure out where they are inside a mall, hotel, museum, or other large building—started getting very interesting last year, when a number of consumer electronics and communications companies joined forces to start working on an indoor navigation standard . Apple was not part of that group; in the fall the company launched its own general navigation software that didn’t include an indoor component. Probably a good thing, given all the other bugs in that software that Apple had to deal with. At the time, some analysts suggested that Apple might be shopping around for a little indoor navigation startup to acquire. This week, Apple apparently found what it was looking for, acquiring Palo Alto’s WiFiSLAM, an alumni of Stanford’s StartX incubator, for $20 million. WiFiSLAM, started by a gro...

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