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    Senseaware really knows how to track a package

    I don’t know about you, but I remember a time where you couldn’t track a package from Fed Ex or UPS online. No, in my day, if you expected a package from Fed Ex, then you waited for it, just like everyone else.


    FedEx has stepped up their tracking game with Senseaware, a drop-in sensor for packages that monitors everything.

    This device is about the size of a BlackBerry, and it tracks everything like temperature, exact location, and whether or not it has been opened or exposed to light. It even has a built-in accelerometer so it will detect when it has been dropped.

    That’s not bad, but this isn’t for the average consumer’s packages. No, this is for those shipments of human organs and other supplies that are a matter of life and death. The Senseaware costs about $120, which is probably not something that the average consumer isn’t going to pay for just to ship their average stuff.

    However, I think that this just the beginning. I mean, remember when digital cameras cost hundreds of dollars, and now they are so cheap that one could afford a digital camera with a child’s allowance?

    In other words, soon every package will have a tracker that is as accurate as the Senseaware, and we’ll always know exactly where our packages are in mid-trip, and we’ll know if they have been dropped. Perhaps that is a little too meticulous of a world to live in.

    Published on April 03, 2010

    David Novak
    David Novak
    For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology. His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show. His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.

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