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Thursday, March 30, 2006

I read a few headlines that essentailly said “navigate by pictures” and had to dig for an article that actually explained the novel idea of the latest Navman GPS navigation system for cars. Ready? It has a camera that allows you to take GPS located images. So, the next time you want to go the place, you simply call up its picture and the system routes you to its coordinates. And, you can upload the pictures (and location info) to the NavPix server to share with friends and family.

My first thought? it’s like those phones where instead of writing the name next to the button that stores the number you put in a picture of Aunt Ruth or Uncle Sidney. It’s great for toddlers who cannot yet read. But this? Is it just for fun? We’ll see!

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/30 at 03:12 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Glen Gibbons literally came up in conversation over lunch earlier this week. It’s timely that his local Eugene, Oregon paper answered my questions about his new publication Inside GNSS.

The first issue came out in February and a second in early March. The print publication is free to qualified readers. Who’s it for?

He calls Inside GNSS a “business-to-business” publication, aimed at engineers and other technical types who are developing satellite applications in cell phones, vehicle navigation systems, aviation systems and military products.

The magazine is family-owned, with more than $100,000 invested in it so far, he said.

Gibbons founded GPS World back in 1989, so if anyone can make a go of a print publication on GNSS, he’d be the one to do it.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/30 at 03:05 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

David Pogue at the New York Times (he’s my hero) posts about a service from T-Mobile that offers actual and he says, accurate, coverage maps of its cellular service.

You get “street level” isopleth (so nice to use that word again!) maps based on keying in a ZIP Code on the front page. Once in the app you can use an address or intersection to get at specific locations. I can’t tell what the mapping tool is beneath the app. Can you?

Carriers are always cagey about coverage, not wanting to let competitors know their secret “holes.” I stand with Pogue; they all should do this. And, what’s more, make the data mashupable so one can truly find the best service for their needs.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/30 at 07:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Google Alerts today turned up this “cartography” story in the San Marcos Daily Record.

Despite a couple of misnomers (“global information systems”) the story is about a geography student who may have found the site of Sgt. York’s WWI action using GPS and GIS. He also looked at trench maps in the National Archives. Sounds a very interesting story.

I’ve visited the National Archives myself a couple of times to examine the maps used in the Versailles Peace Conference. They have quite a collection and its interesting to see them being used in combination with GIS—I presume the student registered them with modern maps to find the site.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 03/30 at 06:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wi-Fi Network News explains that Google may not get the patents for which it recently applied because other companies, notably Wayport, may already have patents that cover the same ground. The Google patent, which I mentioned here last week, speaks to the delivery of ads based on location and other properties of a wireless hotspot. That’s pretty close to two patents held by Wayport. The current CEO would not reveal the company plans, but did say the company is in talks with some big players about it patents.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/30 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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