June 04, 2008

Experiments in Mapping

When my mobile phone was up for renewal recently, I plumped for the Nokia N95 8GB - mainly because of the built-in GPS. We're planning a cycling tour round some of Italy next month, and I figured it would be cool to record where we've been.

It arrived just before our trip to Modena (thanks for the courier service Andrew :-) and I downloaded the Italian maps into it, which made it pretty handy for finding our way around the variety of supercar manufacturers and museums, but there didn't seem to be any way to pull the GPS data out from the phone.

Yesterday, Russell pointed me at the missing apps I needed to get things working properly. Location Tagger will add the GPS location info to any photos you take, and Sports Tracker will let you record where you go and then export it to Google Earth.

So when we were out for a training ride earlier, I tried out Sports Tracker. I couldn't get it to record data for very long, so I'll need to play around with it some more. I'm hoping that mounting the phone onto the handlebars might give it a better view of the GPS satellites than it gets in my pocket.

Still, it's a start, and it means that I can show you a short section and an even shorter section of today's 20-mile ride (I'll be continuing to rely on the bike computer for proper distance recordings I think...)


Posted by Adrian at June 4, 2008 03:44 PM | TrackBack

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Hi there!
I came across your blog because I was curious about Cambridge UK.. but I guess you live in Italy now? How's the Italian proficiency coming? I am probably much less advanced than you but I love interleaving learnitalianpod and my daily phrase italian (both found through itunes). i maybe add a new lesson every weekend, and then dump it onto my shuffle with all the rest, so that when i'm walking to the bus or something, i'm reviewing the earlier lessons so they really sink in.

Posted by: Laurel at November 6, 2008 02:44 PM
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