SkyCaddie

Friday, 11 January 2008

SkyCaddie

A device for golfers by SkyGolf with technology from u-blox. From the press release:

“The SkyCaddie SG5 rangefinder uses GPS to answer the oldest question in golf, ‘how far?’, without looking for markers or wasting time pacing off distances. It calculates distances automatically providing golfers with the information they need to play on more than 17,000 golf courses in more than 45 countries. The SkyCaddie is like having a professional caddie in the palm of your hand. SkyGolf’s patented IntelliGreen technology also allows golfers to measure the full depth and shape of the green from any angle of approach and quickly calculate distances to up to 40 targets at a time, helping golfers gauge distances to hazards and choose the best club for their next shot.

PR: SkyGolf and u-blox bring TruePoint GPS technology to golfers worldwide

Shop:SkyCaddie SG5


YouTube@Helio with geotagging

Thursday, 13 December 2007

The Ocean device from US wireless carrier Helio gets a new YouTube application. One of the features: Videos can now be geotagged on the fly with the GPS phone. Here is the commercial and the Guided Tour from Helio.


mySKY’s Guide to the Galaxy

Monday, 10 December 2007

This multi-media device is a personal guide to the sky, using GPS for the convenience of astronomy hobbyists. Point the gun-style “mySKY” to one of 30.000 celestial points of interest, and you will see and hear a location-based experience. The other way round you shall be able to search a dedicated object.

Astroarmy on the commercial via YouTube: “Introducing the Meade mySKY. Meade introduces a revolutionary way to explore our universe. The new Meade mySKY is an easy-to-use multi-media device that will guide you through the night sky better than if you had your own private astronomer standing next to you.”

Via OhGizmo! who got it via GEARlog, to OhGizmo! I came via gizmag.


Video presentation “Dash-PND”

Thursday, 29 November 2007

A video clip from the presentation on the personal navigation system from Dash at the Web 2.0 summit in October 2007 at San Francisco – via Glenn Letham’s AnyGeo Blog:

http://gisuser.blogspot.com/2007/11/coming-soon-dash-express.html


Charming ranger for GPS tours

Monday, 26 November 2007

GPS Ranger
Screenshot: Locative Media

Here comes “a location based self-guided touring system” from BarZ Adventures. It is an offline GPS multimedia guide system for zoos, parks and historic sites. It shows visitors their position on a map and automatically plays videos, audios, stills or texts at the right place of a specific site. The GPS Ranger is comparable with the cruso and the nodeexplorer – although the latter is a connected device and offers a content management system.

The product sheet of the handsome “GPS Ranger”:

Special Software Features

  • Easy to use touch screen
  • Supports multiple languages
  • Supports closed captioning
  • Supports daily updates and content changes
  • Visitor way finder using on screen MapTracker
  • “Bread crumbing” information tracks visitor stops
  • Easy to update and to change content as often as daily
  • Provides accounting reports
  • Reports how often the units are rented and which were returned

Ranger Hardware

  • 4” sunlight readable screen
  • Storage for up to 4 GB of content
  • Up to four hours of life on rechargeable battery
  • Lightweight, measuring 6 ½” x 3 ½“ x 1”
  • Rugged and durable
  • Amplified audio system
  • No invasive signage or file transmissions
  • Supports headphones and can be mounted in automobiles.
  • Water resistant and can withstand a 5 foot drop on to concrete.

http://hercules.barzadventures.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5&Itemid=6


Dash: Yahooed, connected, mashup navigation system

Monday, 26 November 2007

Dash
Screenshot: Locative Media

 

Dash is “the first and only navigation system with built-in two-way connectivity. (…) With Dash Express you can:

  • Know the best routes around traffic using up to the minute information provided by the Dash Driver Network
  • Find virtually anything—nearby or near your destination—using Yahoo! Local search
  • Send an address from any computer right to your car with Send to Car”

http://www.dash.net/product.php

Ed Moltzen attracted my attention on ChannelWeb, hinting at the current Dash activities. Ed also pointed at the two sources quoted below:

“The device is noteworthy because, once deployed, it’s said to do a bunch of things all at once. It’s a GPS navigation device that also integrates WiFi, services from Yahoo, continually updated traffic information and two-way communication.”

http://www.crn.com/networking/204202898

Ozzie Diaz as a beta tester in his HP blog:

“I’ve been on the beta program for Dash Networks who is nearing commercialization of a GPS nav device with a built-in GPRS radio as well as WiFi that enables updated traffic information and Yahoo! Local content while on the go. The Yahoo! Local is pretty good and provides the all-important personalized content related to my location, such as where is the nearest Starbucks or pizza joint. Apart from the obvious interest in the combo of tailored Internet content and location, the as-yet unrealized potential is with the WiFi interface. Currently it’s doing firmware updates when parked in your garage at home or brought in the house. But if these devices or a common protocol for peering among such devices (Standards Bodies, how ‘bout it?) grow in numbers on the streets and highways, whether they be mobile in-vehicle or fixed roadside can be the REAL killer apps for these networks of devices!”

http://h20325.www2.hp.com/blogs/ozzie/archive/2007/11/21/5153.html

Erick Schonfeld on the mashup concept in TechCrunch:

Owners will be able to manage which mashups they receive through Dash’s Website. There, they will be able to drag feeds from sites like Platial, where they can create a Google Map of dog runs in San Francisco or yoga schools in LA. Link it to Zillow, and you will be able to get data on houses as you are driving around the neighborhood. Create a feed at Upcoming.org about all the rock concerts in your city or one of open houses from Craigslist, and you will be able to get the info in your car, along with how far away each place is. You will also be able to do a Yahoo Local search on the device for restaurants and it will return nearby results with ratings.

http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/10/19/dash-wants-to-bring-web-mashups-to-your-car/

Remark of the editor: It’s a “dashup concept” 😉