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Help me find a handheld GPS that feels like it's from this century.

I want a GPS for geocaching and hiking in areas with no cell phone coverage. The ones I've seen so far look about as up-to-date as my Handspring Visor. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Androidfilter: can I use my Android's GPS despite not buying a 3G plan?

I own an old Samsung Galaxy SII Android phone. I've recently cancelled its 3G plan, so now it accesses the Internet exclusively through Wifi. This has apparently caused its GPS function to stop working when it's out of range of a Wifi network, which I hadn't expected. I'd like to resume using it as a mobile GPS device without re-purchasing a 3G plan. Do you know whether this can be done? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Jun 27, 2014 - 19 answers

Please navigate me to a good car GPS for the USA!

I am an inexperienced driver, and I am about to be taking a number of long road-trips alone across the US this year. To aid me, I am looking for the best GPS that is reasonably priced. Can you recommend one for me? [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear on Jun 20, 2014 - 48 answers

Will my GPS cigarette lighter adapter work overseas?

I am going to Ireland. Yay! We forgot to request a GPS with our car rental so I'm bringing mine from home (USA) in case they don't have any when we get there. Unfortunately, my GPS no longer holds a charge and has to be plugged in to work. Will my US cigarette lighter adapter work in an Irish car?
posted by elizeh on Jun 15, 2014 - 6 answers

You can't get there from here. No, really, you can't.

How can I tell Google Maps and GPS navigation systems that there has been a gate across part of my road since the mid-90s? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Jun 10, 2014 - 7 answers

Android GPS volume weirdness

I have a Samsung base model phone running whatever the current version of Android is. I like to hook my phone up via headphone jack to an FM transmitter to hear GPS navigation and Spotify streaming. The two used to play well with each other: Spotify would mute whenever the GPS had directions to give. However within the last two weeks the GPS is nearly inaudible when it takes over, while Spotify returns at full volume. I think the problem is that I listen to Spotify at full volume to improve the quality over the FM transmitter, since oherwise you can hear staticy intetference. I've noticed that whenever GPS takes over it pops up a hearing damage warning due to the phone being at full volume. I feel like this happened in a recent update, and is causing the intetoperability problems. Is this likely the case, and can I turn off the hearing protection feature? If not then what else might be causing this?
posted by codacorolla on May 15, 2014 - 7 answers

How can I turn my old iPhone 4 into a great (offline) bike computer?

I have an old iPhone 4 (running iOS 7) that has no sim card. GPS and wifi and all that still work fine and it's got plenty of space. I want to find an app that will allow me to download a big swath of map around my house for offline use, then stick the phone in a bracket on my handlebars and use it as a bike computer to tell me speed, mileage, route, etc. Ideally it would show me where I am on the map as I go, too. I'd gladly pay for the app if it is not free. Is this possible?
posted by AgentRocket on May 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Which camera meets my needs?

I need a point and shoot camera that meets these three criteria: 1. Mega zoom 2. GPS built in 3. Shoots in raw format. My Google-fu has failed me. Any suggestions?
posted by gnossos on Apr 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Do home-brewed audio files record your GPS information?

I'm starting a podcast, and the following (slightly paranoid) thought occurred to me: would people be able to extract information about the location where I recorded and/or uploaded the audio? These will most likely be mp3s, recorded using Garageband on my computer. [more inside]
posted by delight on Jan 30, 2014 - 7 answers

Working GPS Navigation app for HP Palm Veer?

Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile on Jan 21, 2014 - 7 answers

Can you recommend a car GPS for North America and continental Europe?

I need some GPS advice. [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Jan 11, 2014 - 9 answers

My Folks Want a GPS

What's the best GPS for my folks? They're in their 80s, and want it to speak directions to them. [more inside]
posted by musofire on Nov 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Seeking estimated drive times... at some point in the future

Is there a mapping service that will give me the estimated drive time for a given route at some specified time in the future, based on historical data? [more inside]
posted by alms on Nov 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Navigating after the apocalypse

If Earth-based command centers ceased functioning tomorrow, how long would the GPS system remain usable? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Nov 15, 2013 - 3 answers

What's a real GPS with a big screen?

What's a powerful GPS with a nice big screen? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Oct 28, 2013 - 8 answers

How many things can be tracked over the internet?

In addition to the well known sites for tracking Planes and Ships I've recently discovered I can track SHARKS! What other things can be tracked on the internet? I'm specifically keen to see sites with a map of the world (or I suppose a more local region if that is appropriate) with all the things moving around in real time, but any aggregation of real world data would also be interesting.
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Sep 26, 2013 - 27 answers

Beta testers

I'm in the process of finishing the first version of my iOS minimalist Foursquare app. I'm wondering what is the best way to get beta testers for my app. I simply need feedback and ideas for improvement/changes to the app. The app is currently not in the App Store, but I want to make sure I get everything right, just before iOS 7 hits. What is the best way to do so?
posted by antgly on Sep 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Help track my tool

I’m looking for a reasonably priced (GPS?) device that will remotely track an object's whereabouts and share that info with the public, online or via smartphone. [more inside]
posted by sixpack on Aug 22, 2013 - 4 answers

GPS and traffic pattern changes

Has there been any instances where traffic patterns or roads changed because of GPS use? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Aug 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Do all GPS running watches show altitude?

Looking for a running watch for mud runs... more details inside... [more inside]
posted by niteHawk on Aug 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Simple, non-spammy, elegant GPS recording for iPhone?

I want something for iPhone that's basically similar to android's My Tracks. Does such a thing exist? Everything I've seen is horribly written/crashy/has terrible, terrible UI. [more inside]
posted by dmd on Aug 2, 2013 - 11 answers

A LoJack® for bicycles?

Has there been any development in the market for a LoJack-type tracking and recovery system... for bicycles? [more inside]
posted by wubbie on Jul 25, 2013 - 8 answers

GPS: Dedicated or Phone?

I'm tired of getting lost and need better GPS than the one I am getting on my LG Optimus V. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jun 18, 2013 - 15 answers

How to get a map from Google maps to an Android phone?

The situation: I'm running Android 2.3.5 on my phone, using the Google Maps app version 6.14.4. Via the desktop, I've created a map with custom directions from Point A to Point B.

The problem: I can't find a way to get the map with the edited directions to my phone. I can save the map with the directions to a Google account, which normally would mean that I could log into that Google account on my phone and download it that way. However, I don't have the necessary software on my phone that will enable me to log into a Google account. "Account and Sync settings" is missing. I can't seem to edit directions from within the Google Maps app on my phone, either. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jun 15, 2013 - 14 answers

GPS for iPhone 5

Going to New York and need a special kind of GPS. [more inside]
posted by 3dd on Jun 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Box on back of Canadian women's soccer players.

During the Canada vs USA friendly women's soccer match, many of the Canadian players had a single rectangular shaped protrusion located high between the shoulder blades and under the jersey. What might this be?
posted by Feisty on Jun 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Accurate running pace?

I've recently taken up jogging again, this time with an iPhone and the Nike+ app to track my runs. It seems to be pretty sloppy at tracking pace, compared to my old Nike shoe sensor. It's very smoothed out, so doing intervals, for instance, looks like a sine wave instead of a square wave. Are there any solutions that are better at this?
posted by smackfu on May 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Can new technology help me map my underwater fieldsite?

I need to make relatively precise measurements, to the nearest half meter, of locations on my field site, which is on the floor of a Mediterranean cove (not more than 10m deep). One possibility is to swim on the surface above my locations and use a GPS to record the points - but so far my older-model GPS's have not been accurate enough for this. I'm leaving in about a week, and just recently I was reminded that technology may have advanced to meet my needs, even since last year! Can anyone update me on the latest and greatest (waterproof) mapping instruments out there?
posted by seachange on Apr 29, 2013 - 12 answers

iPhone App Satellite GPS view

Hi Everyone I would like to see a list of all the GPS and Glosnass that my iPhone 5 is receiving with their signal strength. I have searched but cannot find. (This is similar to a app on the Garmin GPS) Thanks BB
posted by bright77blue on Apr 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Need help in understanding latitude, longitude, and GPS

I'm working on a new piece of music and need to understand a little better how longitude, latitude, and GPS works. Specifically with regard to the resolution and what can be reasonably expected from current technology. [more inside]
posted by bfootdav on Apr 23, 2013 - 13 answers

GPS: Common knowledge?

Are there any published studies / figures about what percentage of smartphone users know what GPS is (i.e., do smartphone users know GPS determines your precise location)? Bonus question: do they know it's a battery drainer? [more inside]
posted by Vampire Cat on Apr 10, 2013 - 5 answers

What is the best way to track and share walking routes on an iPhone?

For a personal project, I'd like to be able to track my route as I'm walking using my iPhone and then share that route in some form that can be embedded in a blog post. [more inside]
posted by enn on Mar 17, 2013 - 8 answers

iPhone GPS software

Since I'm semiretired now, I've offered to help our local land conservancy plan, map, and develop a new preserve just a mile from my home. One of the tasks will be to map all existing trails and roads on the property. The staff at the conservancy asked that they receive the files in a GPX format. Soooo... I'm looking for an iPhone GPS app (I'm using a 4s running 6.1.2) that will allow me to: Map a hike, indicate and name multiple waypoints, and export the hike as a GPX file. It would also be great if I could attach geotagged photos within the app. Any suggestions? And, if anyone has any experience with this type of activity, is there any function that I'm not thinking of that would be useful? Thanks much!
posted by HuronBob on Mar 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Lost in Death Valley

Driving from Vegas to Death Valley and back on a day trip. GPS or no GPS? [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Feb 28, 2013 - 22 answers

Dense topographic data for a lot.

I've got Home Designer Architectural 2014 and a desire to buil a house on a steep hillside. I need topographic data for this. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jan 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Discontinued Garmin GPS unit

Is there a current production Garmin GPS unit that is equivalent to the discontinued nuvi 265WT in terms of price and features?
posted by alasdefuego on Jan 5, 2013 - 2 answers

Help choosing a car GPS system

We have been thinking of buying a GPS for our car; but been having a surprisingly difficult time making up our mind (at this point primarily between the Garmin nuvi 50LM GPS navigator and the pricier Garmin nüvi 1450LMT 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator). Would love to have your recommendations/suggestions if you have used either one of them (or a similar product). [more inside]
posted by justlooking on Dec 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Take My Privacy, Please!

I'm trying to hack together an OS X script that's dependent upon my location. Problem is, Apple's location services doesn't know where my home router is - and I don't have an iOS device to tell it. Is there any way I can suggest or hint to the server where my IP is located?
posted by Apropos of Something on Nov 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Iphone Offline Maps

Iphone Application with Offline Maps [more inside]
posted by raphael19 on Nov 22, 2012 - 10 answers

difference between GPS on a smartphone and a stand alone unit?

What is the difference between GPS on your phone and GPS on a stand alone unit? [more inside]
posted by waylaid on Sep 4, 2012 - 21 answers

Help me build a DIY UAV to make small DEMs!

I want to put together an unmanned aerial vehicle for capturing aerial photos over a small area (probably <1 km2). Ultimately, I would like to be able to extract a digital elevation model from those photos. How can I get started? [more inside]
posted by dialetheia on Aug 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Interesting reusable GPX logs?

Where can I get hold of an interesting GPX export I can use for testing some code and (maybe) showing the results on my personal website? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Aug 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Snail trails on Garmin Nuvi 255W

Snail trails on Garmin Nuvi 255W. When out and about this device is now making pale blue 'snail trails' on the map tracking the car from A to B. It is working as it should otherwise. Does this mean that the device is on its way out? I checked some forums but could find any mention of this bizarre behavior.
posted by lungtaworld on Aug 6, 2012 - 5 answers

find my art via GPS

Hi mefites, I'm researching for an art project that needs a robust GPS unit they can put in a project that will be mobile around a few mile area. The GPS needs to be fairly robust in terms of ability to withstand shakes and jounces, being upside down or turned and twisted. We're not talking bouncing it like a basketball but rather the unit will be in a larger package moving about and being shifted around a lot. We need to be able to find the unit via GPS for a 24 hours run time. Actually, the run time needs to be at least 12 hours but using 24 hours as a way to give some leeway. When I say GPS, really it's a GPS plus the ability to signal someone where it is located. It seems to me like a cell phone would qualify for this. What are some of the options? Robust, power miser, and locatable in a 5 mile wide area. That's about it. Thanks for any tips on this.
posted by diode on Aug 5, 2012 - 9 answers

A Device for Every Snowflake!

I need a new cellphone/GPS setup. Did I mention that I am also the most special snowflake in the world? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Jul 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Early examples of GPS-type things in movies/TV?

A researcher at my workplace has asked for help finding examples of his topic, early examples of "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technologies in film and TV", "examples of early precursors to map related technologies". I found someone else's Ask from earlier this year that hits on some likely ones, but he's on the lookout for older and more diverse instances if you can think of any. More details and examples below the fold! [more inside]
posted by theatro on Jul 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Does the latest iPad require a cellular subscription in order to use its GPS for location services?

Does the latest iPad require a cellular subscription in order to use its GPS for location services? (oh, and any reason to select AT&T over Verizon, or vice-versa?) [more inside]
posted by Auden on Jul 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Looking for iOS app to broadcast my location

I'm looking for an iOS app that will broadcast my current location to a page with an embedded map, so that I can share the URL with family and friends as I travel across the country. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Jun 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Converting GPS data to distance-time data

I have some .GPX/.CSV MyTracks GPS files that I would like to use to create distance-time graphs. I can do this using GPS Visualizer but this creates the graphs for me and what I want is the raw data. Is there a website, program or script (Linux or Windows) that will allow me to do this? [more inside]
posted by alby on Jun 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me track myself, or: 23.2% chance of the East Village

How can I write an algorithm that predicts my future location? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Apr 15, 2012 - 9 answers

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