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Friday, March 18, 2005

ThereТs no need for a specialized sports GPS with Skido, a software program for GPS enabled smartphones and PDAs. The program turns the phone into a device for capturing speed, distance and other measurements including altitude for skiers. Are they aware how poorly consumer level GPS is with altitude information? In addition to graphics, the software can apparently УspeakФ data to you. I can barely hear the УbeepsФ of my Garmin Forerunner while running in the city, so I wonder how well one can hear actual words while in motion without earphones?  And I have to wonder if IТd want to carry a PDA while skiing. (I donТt ski!)

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/18 at 11:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ever wonder about search engine optimization and the new focus on local searches? ItТs big business getting your company name at the top of the search pile and your business located on those newly geographically savvy search tools. An article (by an SEO company marketing guy) at Internet Search Engine Data highlights how to get in УgoodФ with the geographic searches (basically Ц put your physical address on every page!) and outlines the techniques of search engine optimization firms.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/18 at 11:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ready for an MP3 player thatТs also a GPS? Well, donТt get your hopes up. A review in the free Metro this week found the Lowrance iWAY 500C less than successful. The GPS was slow thought the 20 GB hard drive did store maps of the whole U.S. On the music side, loading is slow via USB and the sound especially in a car was not great where the device might be best used. Another challenge: all the controls are touch screen, so manipulating it while driving was deemed scary.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/18 at 09:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A short and sweet article explores the perception of distance Ц why it seems further on way back to the car from the Golden Gate Bridge that it seemed walking from the car. ThereТs some psychology involved, of course. I wonder if widespread use of GPS will have any impact our ability to judge distance. I think IТm getting better at that the more I run with a GPS.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/18 at 07:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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