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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

How to print exif gps data on a photo?

How do I print gps data pulled from EXIF data on a series of photos? I have about 65 photos that have GPS location data as part of the EXIF data. I'd like to a) print that data on the photo (like some cameras used to datestamp images) and b) print a map showing where the photos were taken. [more inside]
posted by gofargogo on Apr 5, 2012 - 7 answers

I could purchase Yoda, but....

Just got a Garmin nüvi 1450. Garmin will let me download voices for it. Some of these are amusing, but are there other sources for voices beside the official Garmin Store? I'm willing to consider both free and paid voice packs if they're out there.
posted by hippybear on Apr 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Getting a CAD file on a GPS

Is it possible to install a CAD file into a consumer handheld GPS? [more inside]
posted by Red Loop on Mar 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Less Expensive GPS Tracker for Dementia Parent?

Less Expensive GPS Tracker for Dementia Parent? [more inside]
posted by leahpeah on Feb 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Is there a GPS that can plan the best route for multiple waypoints & accept driver input at each waypoint?

I'm looking for a gps that will allow me to upload a series of waypoints, define the best route based on those waypoints, and then await my input when each is visited. Does this exist? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by stuboo on Jan 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Is a tablet computer a good tool to use for marine navigation?

Is a tablet computer a good tool to use for marine navigation? (A question related to the accuracy of a tablet computer GPS sensor when there is no WiFi or carrier based signal available) [more inside]
posted by Dave. on Jan 23, 2012 - 7 answers

I want a Windows program to analyse GPS tracks in detail

Is there free or cheap software for analysing GPS tracks in detail? I want to be able to take a track produced by something like My Tracks (from an android phone) and look at it on my desktop computer, where I would like to zoom in on particular sections of the route: how fast was I going here? How steep is that hill? [more inside]
posted by alloneword on Jan 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Lost phone in Philadelphia

A friend of mine lost her blackberry phone. What can be done on our end to get it back or get copies of the irreplaceable pictures of loved ones from it? Long-winded weepy details inside. [more inside]
posted by furious on Jan 11, 2012 - 2 answers

GPS activities for kids?

(asking for a friend) - Looking for eductional/fun activities for different kids age groups 5 - 12 using GPS units... [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 on Jan 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Argggh, I just want a radio that doesn't think I'm in Guam

I'd like to purchase an aftermarket radio for my Ford Freestyle. I purchased an eclipse radio 4 years ago but it has turned into an epic POS. I'd like the following features: -Bluetooth -ability to plug in my iPhone to play podcasts and Pandora etc -gps navigation -xm would be nice, but the other features are more important I researched my last radio and got the worst POS imaginable. So your suggestions are welcome. I'd be ecstatic if I could find something that functioned at this point.
posted by bananafish on Jan 2, 2012 - 2 answers

I'm looking for information regarding the feasibility of hidden GPS tracking for bicycles

I'm looking for information regarding the feasibility of a hidden GPS tracking system for bicycles. The goal is to track/recover stolen bicycles. This product looks promising (if it was actually available), but also looks like it would be easy to spot/remove. Ideally it should be able to be inserted into the frame tubing so it could be installed in various types of bikes. This is for a community wide effort with local law enforcements cooperation. Has anyone heard of this being done before? Either on an individual level, or better yet a community Implementation of some kind. Thanks all.
posted by -t on Dec 8, 2011 - 13 answers

Any Advice on Buying a Cool Mom-Mobile?

Looking for a cool, tech friendly, roomy, family car. Help us find perfection, oh hive mind... [more inside]
posted by neurodoc on Nov 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Best iPhone GPS app for a hiker?

Are there any great (or even good) hiking specific GPS apps for iPhone? Ideally, I'd be able to download a particular region of maps, enter and set waypoints, and show the distance and direction from my current location to a previously defined waypoint. Current speed and time to waypoint would be nice, but not necessary. The app must work without an internet connection. [more inside]
posted by jeffch on Nov 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Help my phone help me find myself

Am I the only one having trouble with iOS 5 location-based reminders being really, really inconsistent? (I live in rural Japan, for what it's worth, and have my home address stored in Japanese in my "my information" contact entry) And what, if anything, can I do to make it work more consistently at a bare minimum?
posted by DoctorFedora on Oct 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Which GPS can I use to record my cross-country motorcycle trip?

What inexpensive GPS receiver can I use to log my cross-country, 1-2 month motorcycle trip? I won't have a computer with me, and I'd also like to be able to use it for some basic mapping. [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay on Oct 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Entrepreneurship class: We're creating a GPS company, how do we get licensing?

Obtain a commercial license to use GPS? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Oct 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Is there a GPS navigation app that does voice recognition?

This is the only thing I miss from my Android phone. On my Android phone, I could hold the search key and say, out loud, "navigate to 123 main street" or "navigate to the nearest drugstore" or "navigate to John's house" ... and Google Nav would open and begin navigating. Does anything voice-activated like that exist for iPhone? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Oct 17, 2011 - 10 answers

What to do in a far-away emergency?

I'm thinking of going backpacking with a couple of friends in Southeast Asia for two weeks, and using a GPS tracker with an alert function. Only trouble is, who should I alert, and what could they do? [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Oct 15, 2011 - 7 answers

How can I help my dad get the most out of his Garmin GPS that I just gave him?

I just gave my dad a Garmin etrex legend hcx for his birthday. I have a mac, he uses Ubuntu. Could anyone help me help him get the maps that he needs to make his new tool as useful as possible for him? [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on Sep 18, 2011 - 7 answers

iPad offline GPS Nav app for Europe?

iPad offline Europe Nav for walking / public transportation? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Aug 26, 2011 - 4 answers

I'm lost and can't find my way home!

We are having trouble entering our home address into our Magellan GPS Unit. [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Aug 26, 2011 - 12 answers

Do GPS blockers work?

GPS blocker devices are widely sold. Do they really work? [more inside]
posted by reacheround on Aug 24, 2011 - 6 answers

GPS traffic updates: Fact or Fiction?

Do the fancy higher-end features (traffic, eco route, etc.) of auto GPS units actually work? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Aug 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Name for error resulting from GPS sampling on curves?

Is there a proper name for errors in distance calculated by GPS logs resulting from a curving path not receiving enough samples to define it and thus being shortened? [more inside]
posted by c0nsumer on Aug 18, 2011 - 7 answers

What's up with my GPS?

What's up with my GPS? [more inside]
posted by Sabine3283 on Aug 7, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I use differential correction with a Trimble GPS?

Why can't I differentially correct some GPS data I collected with a Trimble GeoExplorer 2008? [more inside]
posted by EsotericAlgorithm on Aug 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Help keep my phone safe on bike rides.

I'd like to take my smartphone (HTC Hero) with me when I'm cycling and use it as a trip computer. Problem: I'm nervous that I'll be taking it home in pieces. Are there any smartphone bike mounts that will secure my Hero to the bike as well as protect it in the event that I crash?
posted by talkingmuffin on Jul 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Repairing "rugged" GPS screen

How can I repair a chip in a GPS screen (it's not a touch screen)? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro on Jul 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Interesting things to do with my geotagged photos?

What interesting things can I do with my geotagged travel photos? I took about 600 pictures while spending 4 days walking around Rome. Besides dumping them into Picasa/Google Earth, are there any cool applications I can use to play with the photos and the metadata?
posted by Bushmiller on Jul 4, 2011 - 0 answers

Looking for a GPS solution to get me to Canada.

I will be traveling from Utah to British Columbia with my family and visiting the area for two weeks. I want to use a GPS and am not sure whether to get 1) a bluetooth GPS receiver, coupled to one of our idevices, 2) a cheap Android phone, or 3) a standalone automobile GPS. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Jul 3, 2011 - 14 answers

[Android/GPS/Backcountry hiking filter] Best offline Android navigation for hiking not driving. More inside.

[Android/GPS/Backcountry hiking filter] Best offline Android navigation for hiking not driving. More inside. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Jun 29, 2011 - 17 answers

Cycle computer for a nerd?

Fat nerd gets mountain bike. Fat nerd wants to nerd out with his derp out by having the nerdiest cycle computer on the block, but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Jun 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Seeking the state of the art in location-based smartphone apps.

Seeking the state-of-the-art in location-based smartphone (iPhone & Android) apps. [more inside]
posted by Tufa on May 31, 2011 - 5 answers

GPS locations of famous photos

Is there a place online where I can look up GPS Coordinates of famous photos? For instance, if I want to find where Ansel Adams stood to photograph Half Dome, could I find this somewhere?
posted by ShootTheMoon on May 26, 2011 - 1 answer

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