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nsinclair wrote:The barometer actually has some important / interesting potential use. With the pressure reading from a barometer, altitude can quickly and accurately be calculated. Remember, the XOOM utilizes Google Maps 5, which is 3D. Having a barometer, the XOOM can provide an accurate 3D location -- longitude, latitude, and altitude. There are a lot of potential uses to the altitude reading. For example, your co-worker with an iPad checks into your 50 story office building. You, the savvy XOOM user that you are, checks into 34th story of the office building. I personally don't check into places, so I don't care about that use, but altitude measurement will have some interesting applications.
Hmmm ... seems like you would have to know the exact local ground-level barometric pressure to accurately calulate what floor of a building you're on ... and GPS is already a 3D location system anyway ;-)
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