The Times online has a rather amusing article on the dangers of relying on our technology too much. Apparently quite a few drivers have ignored road signs and conditions in favor of their navigation systems and they’re ending up in a river! On the bright side, it has boosted the local economy in the form of 25 pound charges for towing the cars out.
Think Geek has a pretty cool device for all you spy fans out there (and a for those that aren’t). Use the portable GPS USB Tracker to track your pay throughout the day! Or, if you’re of the nefarious bent, plant it on someone else and see where they’ve been. When you get the device back to your computer, whether it’s because you have it in your pocket or because it was transfered back to you through a super-secret microfilm canister drop (because really? Who uses microfilm anymore?), you can get the data points about where the device has been. Then, it’s an easy plot into Google Earth, Mapquest, or any other free mapping app out there. Pretty fancy, and it’ll only set you back 250 clams!
Listener Alex just emailed me about how he listens to the podcast during his drive time. He uses a $30 device, the VR3, that allows you to use any USB memory stick to hold your mp3’s while the device allows you to play them, move between songs, adjust volume, etc. It includes an FM modulator with 7 preset stations, so it may not work as well in larger cities but I can see how it would be great for road trips and out here in the boonies where we only get 5 radio stations anyway. I haven’t tried it myself, but for $30 bucks, someone is getting one for christmas, I’m just not sure who yet :-).
Ummm…Update: Engadget booboo’d
Apparently Honda Japan will be incorporating Google Earth into one of their premium services and linking it with wirless capabilities to support real-time traffic information. Volkswagen showed Google Earth in cars first, but it looks like Honda will beat them to the street.
With the volume of multifunction GPS units that have been announced over the last few weeks, I think this is a good time to remind everyone of Engadget GPS where you can get the skinny on new units and, in many cases, links to similar units that might make their way to the States someday
ShinyShiny, a tech gadget blog especially for girls, posted a review of the new Navman icn720 and 750 GPS in-car navigation systems that let you use photos to navigate to places. The unit has a built-in camera, so you just snap a picture of the IKEA store, your favorite restaurant, or whatever, and the photo is tagged with coordinates. Then, next time you want to go, you just bring up the photo and the Navman will get you there. Of course, it’s yet another cool device that we probably won’t get here in the US, at least not for awhile.
Yes, that’s right….If you would like a lovely geography-inspired way to display your apples, oranges and other tasty fruits, then check out these custom-milled wooden fruit bowls in the shape of 3D topography. They’re not cheap at 149 euros, but really, how can you resist the opportunity to have a mini 3D landscape on your kitchen counter?
(Thanks to Sean for sending us the link)
As previously posted by Frank…Most at WVU would consider me mentioning something from Virginia Tech blasphemy at best, but here goes. VT has put together a 24 monitor set up that is just, well, a lot of monitors even in my mind. BUT, they have 12 linux boxes driving the monitors that can run Quake III at 15-30 fps on a whole bunch of pixels. Head over Engadget to get a bit more info.
Along with the ultra portable announcements coming out of CeBit, Pharos has announced a new GPS receivergÃ‚Â The iGPS 500 will be available in different varieties that include SD, CF and Bluetooth.
Pharos iGPS-500 – Engadget