Apple buys out indoor map location startup WifiSLAM for $20 million. Apple has confirmed the sale of the startup but has not discussed any other further specifics or future plans. The company was co-founded by former Google software engineering intern Joseph Huang.
The mobile app detects the phone users location in a building using Wi-Fi signals. The two year old startup has developed the technology to offer it to application developers for indoor mapping and new types of retail and social networking apps. With the few employees the company has maintained to be successful.
The WifiSLAM’s software lets people pinpoint their location within a building using a ambient WiFi signals from routers that are already present inside, providing accuracy of around 8 feet.
The website wifislam.com, is down but their YouTube account is still up which contains demo videos for the developers who use this app. Their Twitter account is still up but has not been updated recently.
Apple has previously acquired many innovative mapping technologies which include Placebase, Poly9, and C3 technologies and has used this technologies in their iOS 6 maps. Features like Flyover in the iOS 6 Maps are presumably made by this acquired companies.
As the iOS 7 and iOS 8 are in the queue, hopefully new technologies will be implemented to maintain innovation and stay one step ahead of the competition like Google, Samsung and Microsoft. The future implementation of the WiFiSLAM is still unknown. But we can predict that the iOS 7 Maps are going to be more awesome.