A very neat, and mostly unnecessary trinket, Dog-e-Tag. Primarily, it's a digital storage for some simple text. However, what would really make this revolutionary would be:

  • Programmable from a cell phone - SMS messaging to the tag
  • GPS, when activated, will upload the location of the tag to a web server or message you on your cell phone

Obviously, there is a design challenge of the small size and weight.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.