Monday, March 31, 2008
Posted by gpsguy at 8:12 PM
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I have to say that Steve Jobs had its vision (with its meaning as large as a full moon) the day he entered Xerox Parc's Place sometime back in the 80's (79 in fact).
You know beauty when you see it.
He got a hold of that creative hippie energy floating in the air and like a grown-up Harry Potter made beauty and truth come together in pure reality. He is a visionary that as Wired published recently can push people enough to turn those visions, truth.
Jobs is capable to translate what everyone is hardly wishing (and therefore imagining) into a single piece of touchable reality. (Photo by Roman Lily).
What amazes me is the beauty of seeing Cocoa, OOP, MVC, Event Handling, Model/View bindings through the Observer/Observed pattern (KVC, KVO) all in a single & same place, platform.
Until now you had one or other aspect implemented in a different platform without giving you the whole picture. Ever.
A Mac running NextStep is what Jobs saw at Xerox.
He built on it and you can see that by looking at the way Cocoa Frameworks are put together.
Apple released a new version of the SDK today. It includes a new version of Interface Builder, a drag & drop user interface design tool that will certainly make development simpler and faster. (Those Barbarians getting their way...).
Check the Release Notes, full complete support for UIKit views and controls didn't make for this rev.
Did you check the introductory videos? Look at least the "iPhone OS Programming Guide" and the "Cocoa Fundamentals Guide".
Finally, get used to the Smalltalk-ish implementation of the C syntax. To say the least, it is cute.
Posted by gpsguy at 9:09 PM
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Hans Strang, Geotate's CEO gave a pretty interesting interview on LetsGoDigital, about SnapSpot, a geotagging firmware product (NXP spun-off Geotate to concentrate on its core chipset design business).
The trick behind Geotate's approach in its low-power consumption is that it only stores GPS data from a particular location without processing it, letting that happen by the time the customer uploads its pictures to a PC.
According to the interview, in order to do that the camera has to turn itself off (and not cause radio signal interference) for about 200ms while Geotate's software grabs the corresponding GPS data.
If you want to spend some money before cameras with Geotate's software reach the market in the next semester, look for Nikon models with the MC-35 connector like the:
- D1H (~US$1,5K),
- D1x (~$2,5K),
- D2Hs (~$3,4K, but not the D2H which lacks GPS support),
- D200 (~$1,5K),
- D300 (~$1,7K),
- D2x, D2Xs, and
- D3 (~$5,5K).
- EpicBlog's version for the D200.
- There is a similar DIY project at DPreview.
- And a third and fourth project ideas here and here.
- Finally, this setup uses a GlobalSat BR-355.
- GeoPic II from U.K.-based Custom Idea;
- DP-GPS N1 from Solmeta, or
- N2 diGPS from Dawn Technology in Hong Kong (review).
HoudahGeo announced, a geotagging software for MacOSX.
And a new site for geotagged panoramicas with Panoye (via AppScout).
Posted by gpsguy at 9:07 PM
Om thinks that the GPS party is over with Sirf announcing layoff's, not so fast I would say agreeing with a comment that points out that the Mobile TV business is at fault.
Do you care for it? Kids do, prob. But I agree that watch a movie while waiting for or in the subway is pretty handy.
Fat News Tuesday
- Search for GeoNews with MetaCarta. Via Apb.
- Local Search on Nokia's with Buzzd, via Mobile Crunch.
- Microsoft Tellme developing for the iPhone. Via Fortune.
- Microsoft Webcast on SQL Server 2008 Spatial Features.
- IBM announcing Lotus Expeditor, a tool for development of mobile mashups. Via CNet.
If you want to have a taste of phones available in U.K., check issue #70 of PDA Essentials (and its GPS Advisor supplement).
The accompanying CD includes GPS software for the PPC (and Symbian, Palm) from most of the packages covered here plus free GPS Utilities from Efficasoft.
Posted by gpsguy at 8:57 PM
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Seero… geotagged video.
WikiNear, developed with Yahoo’s FireEagle gives you Wiki pages near your current location, via Mashable.
Lightpole via apb, mobile location search app.
British GPS Game via Psfk by Locomatrix.
MakerFair May 3rd, 4th
San Mateo Fairgrounds
WhereCamp 2008 May 17th / 18th
Mountain View CA.
Playing with Cocoa?
Posted by gpsguy at 11:09 PM