Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30
Bill, won't the caps need to be discharged first?
I saw Modern Marvels which said the first consumer GPS device cost $10,000, back in the early 90's I think.
It depends on the cap and where it is used. Small caps that are around the diameter of your thumb or less don't generally store enough energy to hurt you. It's usually the big caps associated with the power supply that are potentially dangerous.
If the first consumer GPS device cost $10,000 in the early 90's then they must have come down in price rather quickly. I purchased a Delorme Tripmate GPS with AAA Map N' Go software in 1996 for $300.
Notice that the GPS attached via serial port, USB was just starting to appear and USB support in Win 95 was flaky at best.
I ran it on a Fujitsu Lifebook 735DX laptop that had a 133Mhz Pentium M processor, 48M of RAM and a 2G hdd. All that power for $2,000!