Apparently John Dvorak Agrees With Us

If you listened to this week’s podcast, you heard us talk about CES and MacWorld. John Dvorak reached the same conclusions we reached in our discussion.

This, of course, means that either we here at Very Spatial are either very wise or very in tune with the obvious. Knowing us, I’m thinking the ‘obvious’ one. All kidding aside, it is nice to have your opinion semi-validated by a fairly respected member of the Tech community.

Pocket media player

It appears that in general there is a new device type that is running on Windows CE that is built for media. Sandisk’s Sansa® View features a 4 inch screen and a replacable LiPoly battery for those long flights.

The more interesting device though might be the iRiver W10 which has a 3.5″ screen, but also includes positioning based on Loki technology. While this means it is really only usable in urban areas, if it has bluetooth, you can augment the positioning when you are on the road. Engadget has pictures of the W10. Hopefully the iPhone will give the Loki developers a reason to get the Mac version of the toolbar up and running before Where 2.0.

World without ‘mobile’

This week’s happy moment brought to you by the letters M, L, and W. We now have access to great mobile devices such as the OQO Model 2, the ‘soon’ to arrive iPhone and the Nokia N800, each of which are running a full modern operating system and each of which has WiFi and cellular data capabilities out of the box, two of which are phones. Ask anyone who has used a PDA-based mapping app, or folks who have developed for mobile devices, and they will tell probably say that they would be happier running a full version of the OS, and now we have that option.

I am pretty excited to see ArcPad running on an OQO (You are in the field, do you really need ArcView…) or QGIS on the N800 or iPhone. Now, I know this has been possible for a while with tablets and UPMCs and of course Linux PDAs, but with the increasing number of options it is getting closer and closer…now if I could just afford one of these great options.

And for some reason Frank to me to tell everyone he said ‘hi’…go figure.

Multitouch on a phone and maps

Ed has already posted on Geophoto. But even better is the iPhone, which is cooler than I could have suspected. Completely touch screen, full OS X (more or less), great web integration (great for your online mapping projects)…did I mention multitouch…This is a technology we have been pouncing on every time we have seen it, and while it is cool on a 42″ display it is that much cooler on a 3.5″ display. With Bluetooth capability you should be able to connect to a GPS without too much of a hassle. It should ship in June.

Live from Macworld 2007: Steve Jobs keynote – Engadget

Google Maps VE

Starting MacWorld early

Other World Computing put out a teaser for their product the ModBook that will be announced Tuesday. It is supposed to be a slate style tablet solution that will even offer a GPS add-on. From the press release

The ModBook is also the only portable Mac solution that features an optional built-in Global Positioning System (GPS). The Axiotron ModBook GPS Module was developed in cooperation with GlobalSat Technologies Corporation utilizing the industry leading SiRFstarâ„¢ III chipset for shorter first location fix times and improved tracking capabilities.

I am a huge tablet fan (just upgraded the Toshiba M200 to Vista) so I am pretty curious to see how this goes.


As I am sure many of you have read Google dropped 1.6 BILLION dollars for YouTube. We at the VerySpatial “office” are of different minds on the acquisition, but that isn’t really important to the geospatial world other than the question…what will GISNation do now that Google owns the two systems they have used for the first two episodes 😉