Sunday, March 18, 2012

GPS Glasses May Help You Get Around

The Recon Jet glasses provide GPS HUD for sports

It’s no surprise that GPS, one of the most useful and pervasive technologies today, has been integrated in various wearables to assist with location and navigation. Today I came across two different smartglasses that use GPS in completely different ways (and no, they aren’t Googleglass). While not exactly the sort of thing we’d normally cover, I thought they both were pretty cool ideas and wanted to share.

The first glasses are the Recon Jet glasses which are designed for athletes and probably most useful to cyclists. They look kind of futuristic to me and their main draw is a HUD display projected in the righthand lens. This display can show your trip information like elevation, distance, speed, etc or…well, anything. The glasses actually have a little microcomputer, camera and microphone and they can connect to your smartphone; so presumably they could display apps or even a map of your route and navigation. The glasses do have a GPS chip along with several other sensors.

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Michelin Geocaching Contest

michelin questBibendum, better known as the Michelin Man, has made his way inside of geocaches all over the country as part of a new Michelin Geocaching Contest launched last week. Now through December 31, 2014, the sight of the cheerful little white tire man could mean you score free tires, or even a vacation!

The contest started last week, when Michelin released 20 – 30 free trackable little Michelin men figurines to be stashed in geocaches across the country and challenged geocachers to find them. You can follow the Michelin Men latest movements on this page.

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My GPS Made Me Do It – Pizza Delivery Driver Stranded on Train Tracks

train GPS

GPS technology can be a wonderful tool for finding you way around, but sometimes you just have to follow your instincts and pay attention. Blindly following the calm computer voice can lead to trouble, like driving into the ocean or getting your car stuck on the train tracks–something a pizza delivery driver in Michigan likely won’t forget. read more

GPS Jamming Detector Testing Successful

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A new GPS jamming detector has completed a series of tests in the U.K., successfully detecting and locating both stationary and moving jammers in a variety of environments. The Signal Sentry 1000 was developed by U.K. based company Exelis and was tested by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory last month. read more

This Week in GPS — September 12, 2014

This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. This week’s featured image is the new multipurpose GPS bike computer from Holux that was introduced this week. read more

Bike+ App Does More Than GPS

BikePlusAppImage1 A bike ride isn’t just GPS and ride statistics like distance, duration and elevation—a bike ride is about an experience. Most cycling apps and devices are so busy with the statistical data that they don’t leave time to capture the actual experience of the ride. So, world champion bikers James Mathis and Ted Huang created their own app to do just that. read more

Holux Introduces Multipurpose Bike Computer

sportrex 1305

Holux Technology launched their latest multi-function handheld GPS device this week. The SporTrex 1305 designed for all kinds of cyclists from serious to hobby. The device has features designed to for touring, competitive cycling and mountain biking, and has can measure and calculate a number of information fields in addition to recording tracks with GPS. The SporTrex 1305 is also shock resistant and IPX7 water resistant.

One of the cooler (albeit rather pointless) features is the Carbon Reduction Function, which converts the amount of carbon emissions you are saving into trees planted in a sort of odd numbers-game. The device itself is advertised as “earth friendly’ and uses lithium-ion batteries and low power consumption to help the environment. read more

TomTom, Jeep Partner on New Jeep Renegade


TomTom and Jeep have announced a partnership today for Jeep’s newest vehicle line, the Jeep Renegade. The Renegade line will all be outfitted with TomTom’s UConnect 5″ Radio Nav infotainment system integrated into the dashboard.

The TomTom UConnect 5″ Radio Nav offers turn-by-turn navigation, traffic information to avoid jams and work areas, and POI searches. Other features include a Help Me! emergency menu, advanced lane guidance that show realistic intersections, safety warnings when approaching schools, fuel-efficient routes, speeding alerts and more. I didn’t see any information whether or not lifetime maps comes with the purchase of a vehicle. read more

Using GPS to Create Art at the National Mall

A terresterial portrait, much like Rodriguez-Garda's "Expectations" shown above, will soon adorn the National Mall.

A terresterial portrait, much like Rodriguez-Gerada’s “Expectations” shown above, will soon adorn the National Mall.

GPS technology has seen any number of applications, but starting this month it will be put to an unusual use: creating a six-acre landscape portrait at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. The project is titled “Out of Many, One” and has been commissioned from Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, an artist known for large-scale and terrestrial portraits, like the one of President Obama shown above. read more

Can You Use GPS to Avoid the Flu?

sickweather screenshotThere are all kinds of apps for your smartphone that are designed to use GPS to help improve our lives. Some of them are incredibly useful, and others…well, they are mostly just odd. Joining the ranks of odd (and slightly creepy) apps is the app Sickweather.

The idea behind Sickweather is to map out places where people are sick by scanning social media like Facebook and Twitter for people posting they aren’t feeling well, and then using GPS to see where they are. The app then puts it on a map so you can see where the sick reports are and follow trends of illnesses. That’s the idea, anyway. And while the theory sounds kind of useful, when you stop and think about it… well, it isn’t. read more