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Filed under 'gps'

November 29, 2009


Free car routing app for iPhone, which is using game mechanics (points & leaderboards) to crowd-source maps and traffic info. Initial prodding suggests it’s not ready for prime-time — you’re better off waiting for protonerds to fill up their data banks — but it might be worth watching in the future.

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June 8, 2009

TomTom for iPhone

One of the more interesting demos at Apple’s keynote today - TomTom are producing an iPhone app, plus a souped-up holster that doubles as charger and GPS “enhancer”. No hints given as to the price, but tealeaf-reading based on TomTom’s previous Palm apps, I’d guess around $150 for the software, and another $100 for the dock.

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August 29, 2008

Mio™ Knight Rider™ GPS Portable Navigation Device

Only surprising that it took this long to appear: “Features the voice of K.I.T.T. (William Daniels) providing turn-by-turn voice guidance”

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June 30, 2008

GLaGPS - Genetic Lifeform and Global Positioning System

Tweak your Garmin GPS to speak like Portal’s GLaDOS. Be wary if it instructs you to stop for cake.

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May 24, 2008

Biggest Drawing in the World

An artist uses the planet as his canvas, sketching a self-portrait by shipping a GPS-tracking briefcase around the world.

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March 5, 2008

Fire Eagle

Fire Eagle has launched — a broker for your physical location, which other applications can use to improve user experiences. It’s really just APIs and geekery at the moment, but the applications that use and enable it will start appearing pretty quickly — I’ve already got a couple of ideas.

December 17, 2007

Dash Express GPS Video and Deets: True Traffic Reporting and Custom Maps for $599

I *really* like the look of this upcoming GPS — it gathers the speeds of other users over time and warns you when there’s slow traffic ahead, even on roads that SmartTraveller, etc. don’t cover. Will have to check them out at CES.

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June 1, 2007

…for some value of left

…for some value of left

Road testing my new GPS in Cambridge gave this rather bizarre instruction (it's telling me to take a "left on Magazine St", but the illustration is actually taking a right onto Massachusetts Ave).

Proof that the roads of New England are too much for even the smartest of technology to deal with.

March 9, 2007

Bostonist: It's not TomTom, it's CurtCurt

Curt Schilling voice for TomTom SatNav systems. The samples given are splendidly awful. “Errors lose ball games. Wrong turns make you late. Turn around when possible.”

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February 6, 2007


Free (ad-supported) GPS navigation software for Java/S60 phones, covering Europe and North America.

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November 22, 2006

DigiCam Geotagging with ZoneTag

This is a cool new feature in ZoneTag: Gather up your location information in your cellphone (either with a Bluetooth GPS, or just by cell-tower/location matching), then upload photos taken with your regular camera to Flickr and have ZoneTag geotag them automagically.

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November 6, 2006

Eddie Izzard voice for TomTom SatNav

Cool — I was getting bored of the bad Sean Connery impression on mine.

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September 5, 2006

RoboGEO: Map Your Photos

Software to merge the timestamps on your photos with the route file from your GPS to automagically geocode your photos ready for Flickr.

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July 13, 2006

My drive home tonight

Stupid GPS tricks. Captured with GETrack.

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mobile-j.de :: Products/GETrack

Series 60 cellphone app which tracks your location over time, and exports them as KML files, which can be used with Google Maps and Google Earth.

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Wayfinder Earth

Navigation app for Series 60 cellphones. Maps and routes are streamed from the server, so you don’t an extra memory card to store them. Only costs €10 for a year’s subscription.

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July 8, 2006

Holux GPSlim (GR-236) Review

Tom Coates’s ravings about this Bluetooth GPS receiver got me all excited, so I’ve ordered one for myself. $90 is a pretty good deal, since I have a cellphone, PDA and laptop that will all work with it.

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This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.