Apple Co-Founder to Form Locator Network - 2

Steve Wozniak's Wheels of Zeus startup is working up a wireless network of location-monitoring tags and base stations to track children, pets and other valuables.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Apple Computer Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak is turning his creative wheels again.

Make that his Wheels of Zeus Inc.—a Los Gatos, Calif., startup he founded in January 2002 to develop wireless technologies that would be "helpful to peoples everyday lives." The company, which has been working in stealth mode, announced its management team Monday and unveiled a few product details.

The company hopes to create a wireless network of location-monitoring tags and base stations to help people keep track of pets, children, briefcases, or other wayward things. The network will use a low-power, long-range radio technology—the same 900-megahertz spectrum used on many cordless phones—along with global positioning satellite technologies.

The company plans to license its technology and reference designs to consumer electronics and other manufacturers, which will sell the devices for an estimated $200 to $250, said Gina Clark, vice president of marketing and business development.

Specific products will be announced in the first half of 2004.

For the whole story, check out the eWEEK article.