GPS device designed for illegal immigrants
December 30, 2009
A new cell phone device, developed by two professors at the University of California San Diego, is being offered to help illegal immigrants crossing the desert into the U.S. find water and also hear encouraging poetry. [San Francisco Chronicle]
The professors believe their device will save hundreds of lives each year. The phone, loaded with free GPS software, displays a digital compass that locates water stations in the treacherous “Devil’s Highway” between the U.S. and Mexico.
Users will be able to identify “safety sites,” including churches and Border Patrol stations. Poetry by Amy Carroll can also be heard, welcoming the immigrants to the U.S.
The phones, which will sell for $30, are expected to be available next summer.