We all love Ted talks right? If you haven’ watched one lately I urge you to give it a go, particularly a Ted talk from your local area. You never really know what kind of amazing things and people are right in your own backyard. Case in point, a guy in my town here in Victoria, BC, Canada who’s an avid cyclist turned GPS enthusiast, turned artist. [Read more…]
Another nifty, GPS enabled gadget has hit the market for you runners – the Epson Runsense GPS and Heart Rate Monitors. Depending on the model, the watch can provide up to 35 measurements including elapsed time, stride length, distance, pace, laps, intervals, speed and many more. The watches are also water resistant up to 50 meters, making Runsense the perfect companion to train in any weather conditions or terrain.
This guide was written to help organizations leave the past behind and join today’s mobile revolution. Here are five compelling reasons for operations managers to modernize their field data collection workﬂows, free their field workers from the shackles of proprietary GPS handhelds and tap into the massive benefits of modern technology.
An interesting update for those of you in need of Survey Grade Precision for Field Workers and Data Management Tools for your GIS Department.
Not everyone is glued to their smartphone navigation app while driving… apparently there’s still a large market for GPS navigation devices. Users praise the always on capabilities, robust maps, lack of power related issues, large bright display, and more. Each month the best GPS navigation system companies are put through a methodical evaluation process in order to determine which companies produce the best services overall.
And so, the 10 top GPS navigation system providers for March 2014 are:
Something fun and useful for you geocachers or those of you wanting to introduce the family to geocaching over the holidays… via Geocaching.com. From the resource… “What is Geocaching?” and seen the Beginner’s Guide to Finding a Geocache, it’s time to make the transition into pro-level geocaching. This video has tips to take your geocaching game to the next level and guidelines that every geocacher should know. See also Beginner’s Guide to Finding a Geocache: http://youtu.be/sj31U_z9MFA
Here’s an interesting kickstarter project that’s getting quite a kick! Enter the Piksi RTK GPS receiver, a low-cost GPS receiver boasting open source software, centimeter accuracy GPS collection, rugged design, Bluetooth and more… nice!
This interesting info comes from the developer and helps explain what sets Piksi apart from the others… It implements RTK (Real Time Kinematic) functionality, which makes it 100 times more accurate than a standard GPS receiver – about 4 centimeters of total error.
How cool is it to see that the sport of Geocaching is now boasting almost 2 million hidden geocaches… wow! The crew at Geocaching.com has a real time (almost) count tracking the number of registered geocaches and it’s rapidly approaching 2 million. Most of us Geogeeks have at least tried to geocache and uncovered one or two, and if you haven’t and in particular, if you have kids, you need to get outside and try it! There’s no doubt that the smartphone revolution and the supporting mobile apps and really given the sport a kick in the butt so get online, register at geocaching.com, get a hint about a cache that’s hidden nearby (I guarantee that there is one) get out there and find it – it really is a blast! Read more about the 2 million count HERE on the official blog
Want to Collect Professional Grade GIS Data without Complicated Mapping Software? Well if so, Juniper Systems answered that question recently via a live webcast. The Topic, Juniper Aspect. Ideally suited for non-GIS professionals, the intuitive user interface of Juniper Aspect is tailored to field crews and maintenance technicians enabling other professionals, and natural resource managers/analysts to quickly and easily capture and manage data in the field. Data capture is possible via the Juniper Mesa and Archer handhelds, while additional data management is then supported by Aspect in the desktop environment.
Via live webinar, Trevor Brown and Scott Hunter of Juniper Systems walked us though a live show and tell and demonstration in order to see the full capabilities of Aspect. Brown commented how the solution is ideally suitable for the non-GIS Pro and the app draws on the experience of Juniper who many know as the developer of the popular Archer and Mesa rugged devices for field data capture. Read more about Aspect and the webinar HERE
See more about Aspect at http://www.junipersys.com/aspect
Here’s a quick look at the Hydrus Ultra-Rugged Handheld by Two Technologies – Designed to work long hours in the harshest environments, Hydrus is Two Technologies powerful, ultra-rugged handheld computer. With an IP68 rating and integrated imager, Hydrus offers power, proof, and productivity all in one “field application perfected” device. Users will find a camera (with flash) and inputs to support a wide variety of peripheral devices.