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GPS-Free Positioning (MINT)
Contact: Thomas Gordon
Mailing address:
National Robotics Engineering Center
10 40th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)
Project Homepage
This page last updated - June 2010.
Overview
NREC is developing MINT (Micro-Inertial Navigation Technology), a wearable navigation and localization aid.


MINT locates a person by keeping track of his or her footsteps. No satellites or other external references are needed; instead, it uses shoe-mounted, miniaturized radar and inertial measurement units (IMUs). MINT is intended for places where GPS isn’t available: inside buildings, underground, and beneath the tree canopy in forested areas.


MINT is being developed in cooperation with Carnegie Mellon’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department and is sponsored by DARPA.