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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

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

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