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LoJack Your Woodworking Tools? Or Add a GPS Locator to Your Router?

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment

 

GPS Satellite photo courtesy of U.S. Army

 

I was catching up on some reading today and found an article at Tool-Rank.com that made me laugh, not at the article itself but by what you could do with it.  The article is titled “Is GPS The Answer To Recovering Lost Tools?”  In it the author talks about how leaving tools on the job site can be a hazard and how it would be great to be able to track them in case of a theft.  I am sure something like this will be coming at some point to the woodworking universe.  It made me think of a couple of questions for you today:

  1. Would you pay extra to have a GPS locator as part of a tool?
  2. If you could add ANY technology from “the outside world” to your woodworking tools or your wood shop, what would it be?

So think of it as a woodworking mashup…what technology would you take from your home or office and introduce to your wood shop or to a specific woodworking tool / accessory?  Would you add Blue Tooth technology to your Worktunes Digital Hearing Protection so you could make phone calls while you work?  Would you somehow connect your woodworking router wirelessly to your computer so you could make very precise adjustments to your settings?  Would you add RFID tags to all of your tools so you could more easily track them and inventory them?  What other combination’s can you think of?  Add your comments to this blog post, we are curious to see how crazy some of these could get.

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