It is true that Japan gets all of the great toys first, but sometimes I think it would be better not to know about them. Engadget provides a brief description of Pioneer’s Raku-Navi which combines an in car gps with a touch panel, a 30GB hard drive for holding your tunes, and can have a tv tuner and other add ons attached. This takes the new genre of multimedia GPS units to an extreme!
Reader Leszek emailed reguarding my previous post of open/free software to point out DigitalGrove. I hate to admit when I forget about things, but I did…I had completely forgotten about this great resource. This site has an extensive list of free data and software along with descriptions and comparisons of different geospatial technologies.
CNET posted their review of MSN Virtual Earth beta, which you can read here
Their review of Google Earth beta back in July can be found here
CNET gives Virtual Earth a plus for its trip planning and search features, but gives the edge to Google Earth in terms of the quality of satellite imagery features and coverage. Their concluding remark: “Travelers looking for local maps, driving routes, and businesses will like Virtual Earth, but students and casual browsers will prefer Google Earth.”
Whatever your beliefs on the global warming issue, the recent spate of articles on the melting of Arctic ice and the warming of the climate in Alaska seem pretty scary. Satellite imagery is being used to show that the Arctic ice cap is shrinking at an alarming rate.
You can check out the MSNBC.com article here
Here is another at the London Times Online
If you simply must know where it is day and night around the world, here are a couple of websites for you.
time.gov keeps the official U.S. time via atomic clock and has a feature which shows where the sun is shining and where it is dark when you click on a time zone. Check it out here
The second website, by John Walker (founder of AutoDesk), offers the Earth and Moon Viewer, which has the day and night feature, as well as views of the earth from the moon, and the day and night sides using satellite imagery. It is much more of a webmapping interface, with query boxes to change the view and type of imagery.
Check out the Earth and Moon Viewer here
Chris Ayres of the London Times has written a pretty funny article about the irresistible lure of in-car navigation devices and other digital navigation aids, and the chaos that ensues
Check out the article at the London Times Online
On Sept 25 a new GPS satellite was launched which was the first of eight new GPS satellites. More information is available via Telematics Journal
That’s right, a joint project between Chinese and US zoological institutes will be using GPS to track pandas in the wild to learn more about their sex habits. I guess it’s true that privacy is a thing of the past…..
This competition challenges application developers worldwide to build innovative positioning technology and NAVTEQ maps. Global registration is now open and will close December 2, 2005.
The first prize is $50,000 cash and $100,000 in NAVTEQ map licenses
You can read about the contest at GISuser.com
or at the Challenge website here