How can I track myself with GPS and map my every move forever?
November 29, 2006 7:21 PM Subscribe
How can I best track my every move with GPS and then map it for a website and my personal use?
posted by crazy finger to sports, hobbies, & recreation (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I am a micromanager/microanalyst and I want to use a GPS all the time to track my movements and keep track of where I go and how often I go there. I don't have a tremendously huge budget AND I KNOW NEXT TO NOTHING ABOUT GPS.
Here is my best idea so far: Use a Laptop with a USB GPS like the one that comes with MS Streets and Maps to track my movements by vehicle - the bonus is that I will also have a relatively cheap (~$100) auto navigation system from this. Then, for non-auto travel, I will use a relatively cheaper handheld GPS that can track me while I'm hiking, boating, walking, etc... I can then upload that data and combine it with the vehicle data in some program that does TOPO maps of the entire USA.
I will be traveling a LOT this year, lots of stuff on backroads, dirt roads, hiking trails, canoe trails, bush-whacking, etc... and I want to track every bit of it to put together on a TOPO map of the entire country (since I will be in over 20 states). Ideally, I can also export that data into something like Google Maps and I could even have a setup where the tracks are shown with different intensities based upon amount of traffic - the path to X park will be thin, but the path to the local grocery store will be huge and wide.
So, the actual questions:
1. Is my plan above possible with consumer-level tech at an affordable price?
a. What handheld GPS devices would be best for this (especially in terms of data output for my uses)?
b. Is there good Topo software that covers the entire U.S.A. that doesn't cost a fortune?
c. Has anybody implemented this idea with Google Maps or anything else?
d. Is there software that does all this already out there?
e. Do you have a better plan than mine?