Thursday, May 22, 2008

iPhone Geotagging, 3D Maps, Geohashing

Biggest GPS drawing in the whole wide world (thanks to DHL). Via AdLand.

iPhone OS 2.0 should include geotagging capabilities in its Photos and Maps apps. From AppleInsider. Photo by Steve Garfield.

Check xkcd on GeoHashing (or more seriously, Wikipedia).

CA Senate voting to legalize GPS on windshields. Via Engadget.

3D Maps on a LBS Game? Check Planet 9 Studio's RayGun and its GeoFeeder server, via VentureBeat.

Marketing breaks another frontier in UK. Now mobile phones are being tracked so consumers habits can be "studied". On the TimesOnline.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Where, Android LBS, Geo API’s

Location-based apps shine among the 50 Android apps picked as finalists (slide show pdf). Photo by Zack Klein.

Meanwhile, Verizon picks Limo and MobileCrunch show the differences between Limo and Android.

Talking Google, now Real Estate info on Google Maps.

Yahoo launches Internet Location Platform. Via APB, with Google's Ed Parsons take on Yahoo WOEID (Where On Earth ID).

Where 2.0

John McKerrell blogged the conference and also a bit of WhereCamp 2008.

His coverage from Where 2.0 includes a talk from Dan Catt about geotagged photos.

Dan's blog: GeoBloggers also explains Yahoo's WOEID, and his work with geotagging at Flickr including a slideshow of the Where presentation.

Where was also covered at APB and Radar.

Among the news Ublip, a tracking platform and Veriplace, a Location API with privacy concerns.

Dash API

Dash Opens its API, Via Programmable Web, Webware

Webware also put together a lazy list of Geo Sites.

Blackberry users with Garmin Mobile for life.

Butterfly GPS DIY project. Via Make

Boeing loses GPS contract for Lockheed Martin.

PC Mag covers Geotagging Gadgets.

Apple Patents Speculations by ArsTechnica, PhonesReview and IntoMobile.

Geotagging at Ovi's upload site from Nokia which launches the first compass phone.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Geotagging: New camera not required with Eye-Fi Explore

If your digital camera has a SD slot, you may be able to use it for geotagging with the Wi-Fi SDIO Cards from Eye-Fi.

For a hundred bucks you can add wireless capabilities to your current digital camera.

The magic behind the Eye-Fi SD cards is provided by the Atheros AR6001GL.

The AR6001GL combines a 2.4Ghz radio transceiver, the frequency range used for 802.11b/g wireless access points with upgradeable firmware.

The card carries 2Gbytes of Flash memory for your photos.

Insert one of the cards into your digital camera SD slot. By turning the camera on, the card will receive about 3.4 volts to start the bootstrap sequence.

By having software running on this SD card Eye-Fi makes it act in fact as an SDIO (Secure Digital Input Ouput) card, a bit smarter than plain storage.

"Activation/Setup": Shake Well Before First Use

But before inserting it into the camera, you first need to activate the card and set known Wi-Fi locations with a list of the available SSID's. (Support to static WEP 40/104/128, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK).

The cards should connect automatically to hotspots from the WayPort network (First year service included with Explore, $19 a year afterwards).

The low-end card allows upload to a running PC/Mac connected to the same access point (Eye-Fi Home, see below). After that you can upload photos to websites like Flickr and other photo storage services (Eye-Fi Share).

Geotagging

If you are talking to an access point, even better if you happen to have access to a database with matching location of SSID's & MAC addresses of Wi-Fi hotspots, like the one Eye-Fi licensed from Skyhook Wireless.

Obviously we are talking about pictures taken somewhere close by and/or around a wi-fi spot. Yosemite or that deserted beach won't quite make it.

Three Eye-Fi SD cards are being offered currently:

  • Home (~$80): uploads to computer,

  • Share (~$100): same plus uploads to web service,

  • Explore (~$130): same plus geotagging firmware marking your EXIF tags of your pictures with the corresponding Access Point  latitute/longitude (and maybe altitude?).
DPreview tried the Eye-Fi Share SD card last November.

The Geotagging version (Explore) is the one announced this week.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Geograffiti, Seero, deCarta

Artist gives its whereabouts away. Via Mercury News.

Geograffiti: Leave voice mail at some place, using the MyVoxApi. It extends the bulletin-board idea from HereCast. Via Mashable, MobileCrunch.

Also from Mashable, Seero Widget for GPS-enabled video streaming.

deCarta
getting another round of cash.


MediaScrape
: News on the Map.

Ohararp SMD GPS Video Tutorial on Instructables.


LinuxJournal published a tip from Peter Verthez about running Garmin's MapSource under Wine on Linux.


One more piece in the Dash puzzle: Where 2 Get, route planning provider.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Dash, jPhone, nuviPhone

Garmin offering nuviPhone to AT&T. Via Engadget.

Dash video from Web 2.0.

Sun working on a Open Source Phone, the jPhone. From an interview to Engadget.

Theoretical memristors developed at HP Labs. Via Wired

Geotagging

Microsoft released a free tool for geotagging.

It requires .Net Framework 3.0, validation and runs on XP and Vista systems.

Initial download of 2.8Mbytes follows extra 31Mbytes for the .Net runtimes.

You can tag photos with "track route files from the most popular formats (NMEA, GPX, and KML)".

MS also published a tutorial on Geotagging with its Expression Media 2, a "professional asset management tool to visually catalog and organize all your digital assets for effortless retrieval and presentation."

A similar package from Microsoft that uses .Net Framework 1.1 is available here.