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Tag Archives: GPS

DIY Reverse-Geocaching Briefcase

By Chris Scott Barr

Here’s a really cool idea. Let’s say you want to give someone an item, but you really want to make them work for it. There are many ways you could do it, but few as interesting as this DIY reverse-geocaching briefcase. What does it do? Well it can be programmed with specific coordinates, and will only open with the briefcase is actually in the listed spot.

The case uses an Arduino, GPS sensor and some cool-looking nixie tubes to pull off this feat. Once the location has been programmed, it will use the GPS sensor, then display the distance to the location on the tubes. Once you’ve gotten to the spot, a motor will release the latch holding it closed. Expect to see something like this in the next James Bond movie, only with a bomb as the contents.

[ Arduino ] VIA [ Make ]

[CES 2011] Nike’s TomTom Powered GPS SportWatch

Nike+ SportWatch GPS (Images property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Realizing that not everyone likes to jog or run with an iPod strapped to their arm, Nike has created a new watch that works in tandem with their in-shoe Nike+ Sensor and provides the same functionality already built-into the iPods and their iPhone app. The advantage to using this watch though is that it’s not only waterproof, but it also features TomTom GPS hardware built-in. So while it’s keeping track of your steps via the in-shoe sensor, it’s also tracking where they’ve been taken, allowing your route to be analyzed on the Nikeplus.com website. And in order to keep things simple and battery life as lengthy as possible, the watch syncs to your PC, and the Nike+ website, via a USB connector integrated into the watch strap.

The watch sports an inverted monochrome LCD display and a robust UI that’s easy to navigate via a couple of buttons on the side of the case. And besides just keeping track of how far you’ve run and where you’ve been, the watch will also compare your performance against past results to let you know if you’ve improved, and of course will even nag you when you haven’t gotten out for a bit of exercise in a while. The Nike+ SportWatch GPS will be available on April 1, and while not specified, we were told that pricing should be comparable to other GPS-equipped watches already on the market.

[ Nike+ SportWatch GPS ]

Garmin chirp – Designed By Geocachers For Geocachers

Garmin chirp (Images courtesy Garmin)
By Andrew Liszewski

Designed to serve as a cheap, compact (slightly larger than a quarter) and durable wireless beacon for those who enjoy geocaching, Garmin’s new chirp sells for just $22.99 and provides a remote way to pass on clues, coordinate data and even a confirmation that a geocacher is close to the actual cache, whatever it may be. Assuming of course that everyone in the hunt is using a compatible Garmin GPS device which is required to access or program the chirp’s secrets. With its waterproof housing and battery life rated for an entire year the chirp can run autonomously for longer than most geocaching adventures require, and organizers of the hunt will also appreciate that it keeps track of every visitor to successfully find and access its data.

[ Garmin Chirp ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

My Custom TomTom Lets You Customize Your GPS Unit

My Custom TomTom (Images courtesy TomTom)
By Andrew Liszewski

Odds are if you’re really a stickler about having a matching interior in your car you’ve already got a built-in GPS unit in the dashboard, but TomTom’s new My Custom option is a handy way to have your navigation unit match the rest of your car if you’ve opted for an after-market unit. There’s a pretty large selection of pre-made designs to choose from on their website (depending on the model you choose) or you can upload your own images and add custom text all from their website. The printing itself is done by CafePress who have some experience with this kind of thing, and from what I can tell the added graphics add about $10 to the cost of the unit.

[ My Custom TomTom ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

Transcend Goggles Are First To Feature Integrated GPS

By Chris Scott Barr

Having a GPS is great when you’re visiting a new city. As there’s nothing quite like getting lost and having to stop in a seedy part of town and ask directions. However, if you’re somewhere that has no people to ask for directions, such technology is invaluable. That’s what makes these Transcend goggles so awesome.

The goggles feature a built in HUD which gives you information such as latitude/longitude, altitude, speed traveled, current temperature, time and more. The best part is that when you get back home, you can plug them into your computer and download the GPS information. The included software then overlays your route with Google Maps so you can see exactly where you’ve been. The spiffy goggles will set you back either $400 or $500 (depending on whether you want polarized lenses or not) and can be preordered now.

[ Zeal Optics ] VIA [ Technabob ]

TomTom Now Offering Looney Tunes Voices

TomTom Now Offering Looney Tunes Voices (Images courtesy TomTom)
By Andrew Liszewski

If TomTom’s Star Wars voice offerings aren’t doing it for you, particularly their not so spot-on impersonation of Han Solo, maybe you’ll prefer their new Looney Tunes options. Of course you’ll have to settle for today’s Looney Tunes voices given Mel Blanc is no longer around to record custom directions, with Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam available at launch followed by Daffy Duck and Sylvester in October and a couple with Pepé le Pew (including one for the ladies) in November. And like with the Star Wars voices the new Looney Tunes ones are $12.95 each

[ TomTom – Looney Tunes voices now available for TomTom devices ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

Casio’s New EXILIM EX-H20G Hybrid GPS Camera Lets You Geotag Indoors

Casio EXILIM EX-H20G (Image courtesy Casio)
By Andrew Liszewski

Today Casio introduced a couple of new P&S digital cameras, with the EXILIM EX-H20G pictured here being the more interesting of the two, at least in my opinion. It’s got a 14.1MP sensor with 10X optical zoom, H.264 720P @ 30fps video recording capabilities, a 3 inch LCD display and CCD-shift image stabilization. Nothing that remarkable, unless you’re a world traveler who’ll appreciate the camera’s GPS capabilities.

Casio EXILIM EX-H20G (Image courtesy Casio)

The EXILIM EX-H20G boasts a hybrid GPS system which uses actual GPS positioning, in conjunction with an internal motion sensor, to pinpoint, or at least intelligently guess, a user’s position even when a GPS signal is unavailable. It uses the camera’s last known satellite-acquired position, information from the motion sensor and map data stored in the camera to mark the location of a photo even if you’re indoors. It might not be 100% accurate, but it’s better than nothing.

That map data also lets you use the EX-H20G as a handheld GPS unit while in unfamiliar territory, helping you get around and even reminding you where videos or photos you snapped were actually taken on a map. And if you want to make the most of your time being a tourist, it’s even got a database of 10,000 sightseeing photo spots around the world, which will alert you when there’s a POI nearby. Of course that extra functionality is bound to take a toll on the camera’s battery life, but nothing is free in this world right? The EXILIM EX-H20G will be available sometime in November for $349.99.

[ Casio EXILIM ]

Bushnell Updates Their BackTrack With The Point-3 & Point-5

Bushnell BackTrack Point-3 and Point-5 (Images courtesy Bushnell)
By Meg Lynch

Once smartphones gained GPS functionality the makers of dedicated navigation units had to either step up their game with more elaborate and expensive devices to compete, or do what Bushnell did with their dead simple, cheap and easy-to-use BackTrack. The original model basically just allowed you to find your way back to a single marked location, but the new Point-3 and Point-5 models can remember up to 3 or 5 locations. You guess which does which.

They’re also both smaller than the original BackTrack but with larger backlit LCD displays, and the Point-5 model adds a digital compass and displays your latitude and longitude, the current time, your altitude and the temperature. And that’s probably why it’s $89.99 compared to the Point-3 which is $69.99. (For comparison the original BackTrack is still available for $79.99.)

[ Bushnell BackTrack Point-3 & Point-5 ] VIA [ InventorSpot ]

Behind The Scenes As Yoda Records His Lines For Tom Tom GPS Devices


By Andrew Liszewski

First we got a glimpse of what it was like for the sound engineers to work with Darth Vader in the studio, and this time around we get to see them battling with Yoda’s unique sense of grammar while he records his lines for the Tom Tom GPS devices.

“You’re gonna kill people if you give directions like that.”

[ YouTube – Yoda recording for TomTom GPS – behind the scenes ] VIA [ Pocket-lint ]