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.
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).
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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