Here’s a pretty cool free application for anyone heavily into using your GPS unit. You can upload your GPS data to via typing in coordinates, street addresses, or uploading a file, and this tool will output a map showing your route. The really cool thing is that you can output to a pretty decent set of file types, including jpeg, PMG, and even KML files for use in Google Earth! It looks like the development team is adding features hand over fist, so it would definately be worthwhile to keep an eye on this program’s development.
Microsoft and VW are showing off an interesting prototype at CeBit.Ã‚Â It is car-based Media Center that includes GPS and will be a full computer including internet capability.Ã‚Â This dash and seatback mounted display looks pretty swank, but it is still just a prototype.
Apparently Microsoft has released the semi-final/latest word on their super-secret Origami project. It’s pretty much what all the rumors had said previously – it’s a “ultra portable” computer. The device is suppose to have around a 7″ touch screen and run full versions of Windows XP, abet optimized for Origami. Later versions are suppose to be under $500 and feature – get this – an all day battery life! The prototypes only run for 15 mins before their battery is drained. I guess Microsoft has a couple of hurdles between 15 mins and all day. However the devices are pretty exciting, especially for field work as I’m certain they’ll include some sort of expansion slot.
UPDATE: CNET has pictures!
Matrox put out a press release today on their new external triple head video adapter.Ã‚Â As I may have mentioned before, I am a fan of ‘the more monitors the better’ scenario.Ã‚Â I am very curious to see how well this supports 3D graphics since their current Parhelia series just can’t keep up with nVidia or ATI.Ã‚Â I hope that this adapter will give you the 3 monitor experience with the great graphics experience of the new consumer gaming video cards.Ã‚Â Time to look for some cash to one (and 3 monitors) for myself
New Matrox TripleHead 2Go upgrades systems to 3 monitors at a time
On Episode 2 of InDigital, an IPTV show/video podcast, in a review of the Magellan Roadmate 800, they pitted a host with the Roadmate against a host with her own knowledge of Los Angeles in a 2 stop race to see who could get to the stops and back to the starting point first.Ã‚Â The segment starts around the 14 minute mark and is peppered with language I would think is common when driving in Los Angeles, definitely not kid friendly
Fun to watch and does mention the GPS unit for at least 30 seconds.
OK, so our listener Matt pointed out a link to a blog post that includes a video demo of the multitouch technology that has been mentioned in a few places related to Apple’s patent filing. After watching the video I hearby declare myself a fanboy (thus making gushing OK)! The interaction in the video is just amazing, the map example is topical and definitely worth mentioning here, but some of the other demos in the video are just…wow! Check out the link below.
That’s right – According to a March 2005 article from IndiaTimes, the Japanese company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone has developed technology that utilizes the human body itself as a high speed network. This creates a HumanÃ‚Â Area Network (HAN), which links devices and enables data transfer using the body as a conduit. The device uses a transceiver called RedTacton, which initiates a connection when it comes into contact with the skin. Apparently, the devices are supposed to go on sale sometime this year. Currently, collaborative field testing is going on, and you can find out more at the RedTacton website
All I have to say is, cool but a little freaky
Engadget has a link to a review of a new GPS PDA. These devices are to support those of us who have Trimble GeoXT envy, and a budget…well kind of. Coming in at $600 MSRP, I will stick with my tablet and a PCMCIA GPS card. The review, which is at PocketNow.com, has some great pictures and screenshots from its included wayfinding software.
Day 2 seemed a little quieter, today is the last day, let’s see what comes out at the last minute.