We love just about anything involving lasers or robotics here at Engadget, so naturally, we’re intrigued by Sriranjan Rasakatla’s Way-Go flashlight that combines the two. It’s comprised of a laser pico projector, GPS module, altitude and heading reference system (AHRS) to not only light your path but also tell you which way to go. It can be used strictly as a flashlight, but users can also input starting and destination points to have the Way-Go guide them. There’s also a wander mode that displays info about your surroundings as you stroll around — though naturally, such information must be pre-programmed into the device. Because it displays stuff that needs reading, the projector’s connected to servos that can keep it locked on a projection point to keep it readable no matter how much you move the Way-Go around. Rasakatla sees the device being useful in search and rescue, backcountry trekking, and campus tour guiding — odd, ’cause in our day, kids walking around campus at night were trying to find out where the party was at, not learn about the architecture of the academic buildings. Regardless, you can see the Way-Go in action after the break.
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