GPS technology is incredibly prevalent in modern life, but scientists from the Imperial College of London and M Squared are hoping to replace this technology with a quantum compass. This new technology essentially provides navigation without the use of conventional GPS gadgets or the use of other satellite technology. In terms of operation, the quantum compass utilizes lasers to cool atoms to extremely low temperatures and then measures the quantum wave properties of the atoms to respond to movement and acceleration to determine location.
This process offers an extremely sensitive device that is significantly more reliable when compared with GPS accelerometers. This technology can also function without the use of satellites, meaning it could be employed in various environments that generally do not have satellite connections.
Image Credit: Imperial College of London/M Squared
This Quantum Compass Provides More Accurate Navigational Data
Justin Lam — November 13, 2018 — Tech
References: engadget & digitaltrends