Geodata and Biking

If you’re really into watching professional biking, but haven’t as of yet had the resources to go to an actual race, this news is for you. The Amgen Tour of California is going to feature riders with geotracking devices to chart the rider’s movements in real time. As Wired is reporting, “The system uses a complicated home-brew combination of GPS data, general packet radio service signals, HTTP streaming and SMS messaging to send data to and from the network of about 20 GPS satellites. The system can pinpoint a rider’s position within just a few yards, which is much more accurate than plain GPS, which is accurate only to within about 65 feet.” It should be neat to watch via their custom web app.

Via Wired News

Dandella – GPS tracker that is functional and pretty

A recent Gold Prize winner at the International Design Competition is the Dandella, a lovely and simple GPS tracking device shaped like a flower stem. Once it is set up with locations, you just activate the Dandella and it lights up and points in the direction you need to go, or points to another Dandella if you’ve synced them up. The name Dandella apparently means “dandelion floating on the breeze” and the docking station is shaped like a flower vase to continue the floral theme.
All I know is….I want one. But, unfortunately, they are still only a design concept at this point, and no word on when or if they will make it to the consumer market.
Dandella GPS tracker

Via Popgadget