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3 January, 2009

tracking myself with Sony GPS-CS1KASP

I am pretty sure tracking my own location certainly does not get Don's approval. Apart from the super-secrecy concern, there's a good point of tracking myself (my GPS location), then mapping it with Google map.

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This brilliant gadget is designed to be used while taking photos or filming movies. It records the GPS position and time every 15 seconds or so. Then, once you upload the photos or movies to your computer, you can geotag (Geotagging on Wikipedia) all your photos and movies.

Why is geotagging useful? Well, once you take a lot of photos, it is very hard to remember exactly where you took a particular shot. A nice geographic location certainly won't hurt? (I have a feeling Don would disagree.)

The good thing about Sony GPS-CS1KASP although it was designed for Sony cameras, but it can be used with virtually any digital cameras, as well as other usages (such as cycling route recording etc).

Sony GPS-CS1KASP.
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Sony GPS-CS1KASP contents:
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I know I should have taken the photos in white background, sorry.

There's a downside about this tiny device. The Sony software only supports Windows platform. But it isn't really a downside since now Parallels Desktops run under Mac OS X so smoothly. If you really prefer, you can boot directly into Windows on your Mac.

As for Apple's iPhone 3G. Photo taken with iPhone 3G's built-in camera can have the location service information (GPS data) recorded automatically. (Before someone jumping to bush Apple, this location service can be easily disabled, And, unlike Mozilla who do not inform user about the unethical and sneaking semi-forced updating setting hidden in default setting, Apple does inform users clearly in advance.)

Of course there are a number of applications that works great on Mac OS X, HoudahGeo works great for me. All I have to do is simply copy out the GPS data from the GPS-CS1KASP device, and drag the GPS data and photos into HoudahGeo.

You can find out more information on Sony GPS-CS1 and Mac related information on this blog.

(to Don: Antony is poor.)

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Posted by Antony on 3 January 2009 9:39 AM | gadget, photos
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Another gadget Antony? Where is it all going to end?
To DON: He is eventually going to be poor!!
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 3 January 2009 10:20 AM.
This is not really "another" gadget, but a needed accessory.
Posted by Antony Shen on 3 January 2009 10:27 AM.
To Rev. Dr. Wu Yi: I figured by now that Antony found a bottomless pit of Australian banknotes. Eventually I'll ask him where it is.
To Antony: I don't really see how this is a "needed" accessory.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 3 January 2009 5:56 PM.
Forgot to mention, Antony is very poor.
To Don: This is 21st century, you don't just take a picture, you also need to have a proper documentation for the photos, at least some basic information... time, date and location.
Posted by Antony Shen on 3 January 2009 6:03 PM.
To Antony: My camera is from the 20th century, not the 21st century.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 3 January 2009 6:51 PM.
My camera is from the 21st century, but I continue to forget I have one. I haven't used it since July last year when I went to Japan. At events I have been to since, most other people have cams and send me their images....LOL!
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 5 January 2009 10:09 AM.
Rev. Dr. Wu Yi,
You need a bag like Crumpler The Quarfie with your compact camera in it. You will then have a digital everywhere you go, all you need to do next is simply remember to use it.
Posted by Antony Shen on 5 January 2009 9:21 PM.
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