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November 1, 2008

The iGPS360 for the iPod touch and iPhone 2G is shipping

Filed under: app review,gps,iphone — perivision @ 12:58 am
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Ok, it took awhile, but hey, its shipping! Go here to orangegadgets the check it out..

xWave also has a new release of xGPS software tagged 1.0.1-4.  Although its rough and takes a few steps, its the light at the end of the tunnel. 

More here…


October 26, 2008

Review of iMapMyRide as a bicycle computer for the iPhone

There seems to be a pattern here, I cannot seem to get enough GPS loggers. )

This is the 5th GPS logger I’ve checked out, and with one exception, which I will cover in a second, I’m not really seeing anything significantly new here.

iMapMyRide is a free GPS logger with a companion web site like TrailGuru or Path Tracker. Like these apps, the application takes GPS samples and logs them on the iPhone.  After the ride (or run) you can upload these points to a website which will map the information as well as calculate speed and elevation change. They also have a calorie calculator like Fitnio.

A must have for any program in this space is the ability to remove points. I have yet to see a site that does this well.  IMapMyRide does not do it all yet (although they say its coming). As you can see in this screenshot, it’s needed.  When I clicked on ‘view route’ it did not come up the first time and clicking on ‘view your training’ gives a not loaded URL error.

More here…

October 20, 2008

Using the iPod touch for turn by turn directions without GPS or ATT wireless

Filed under: iphone,tips — perivision @ 9:07 pm
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Not having GPS or ATT data on the iPod touch can be a limiting factor, especially when you want to use google maps for a trip… or is it?  Well, I’ve written that GPS should be coming very soon, but I came across this post by 3amJosh where he shows how you can store turn by turn directions for a trip and use without a web connection. Although you do not get a moving dot to tell you where you are, its still a great way to store driving directions.

More here…

October 17, 2008

Review of Fitnio as an iPhone running computer

Filed under: app review,iphone — perivision @ 8:55 pm
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I’m not a runner and I’ve stopped my regular runs a few years ago. But a reader pointed out Fitnio to me, so I thought I would give it a shot on a run instead of biking as normal.

Fitnio is like most other free GPS loggers out there I have used; but what is nice is it take your BMI into account by asking your height and weight. So with that information the program will calculate the amount of calories you burned during your run or ride.

More here …

October 13, 2008

iPhone GPS loggers for golf

Filed under: iphone — perivision @ 3:39 pm
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Well sure, why not?  I was in Sacramento today to play golf with my father and brothers and tried Path Tracker for a hole. Why didnt I keep it running for the whole round?  I forgot my car charger.  Do’h. 🙂  Worked pretty well although it did not place me on the green propery.

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October 7, 2008

A review of TrailGuru as a bicycle computer

Filed under: app review,bicycle computer,iphone — perivision @ 2:57 pm
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At last count, I think there are around 7 or 8 iphone applications you can use for GPS logging.  I have not tried them all, but I did give TrailGuru a try. I tested TrailGuru on the ebike on a short ride to the grocery. 

Like Path Tracker (reviewed here) the iPhone takes a GPS samples and holds them in it is memory (or uploads depending on the connection) and stores you data online as a path. You can also download GPX data for your own analysis. What is differnt here, and I think interesting, is the idea of creating a community around your paths. 

More here…

September 26, 2008

Review of Path Tracker as an iphone bike computer

Filed under: app review,bicycle computer,iphone — perivision @ 1:28 am
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I did a survey of the various navigation apps out there and decided to give Path Tracker a try.  It was only 99c.

Path Tracker is not like TrackThing where you get a graph and stats on the iphone. Instead, data is uploaded to a website as with GPS Tracker.  Except I never could get GSP Tracker to work well enough for me. 

More here..


September 16, 2008

GPS before and after 2.1 update using TrackThing while bicycling

Filed under: bicycle computer,iphone — perivision @ 1:48 pm
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I said I would take a ride on Friday, and I did.  I just have not had time to write anything up till now.

I took a short ride with trackthing lite on before the iphone 2.1 update and after hoping the GPS will work better and my graphs would be more stable with less spikes.  Sorry to say.. FAIL.

More here..

September 3, 2008

iphone as a bicycle computer? Yea!

Filed under: app review,iphone — perivision @ 8:41 pm
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I did a ‘maintaince ride’ today and thought I would try out a new iphone app I downloaded last night called TrackThing. I basically turned it on, put it in the small pouch on the back of the bike and took off.

When I was done, I checked to see what kind of information I got and WOW.

This is a still a young application, and later on I will send feedback with idea’s to make it better, but this is great.  So lets break this down a bit…

First here is the ride I took from Oakland to Berkeley and back, short little 10 miler…

For those of you who know the area, there is a pretty good climb at the top of this loop climbing hwy 13.

Now lets look at TrackThing.

Pretty cool eh?  You can clearly see where I started my climb and then my decent.  What is odd though, this the delay between elevation drop and rise in speed.  Here is a close up…

How is it that I was only starting to roll past 25mph when 1/2 way down the hill? I normally hit 28-30 at about 1/3 down the hill. Course, I did not have a great ride today, so it could be correct and I just did not get rolling very well.  But I’m going to take this on another ride with around 500′ (if the iphone is correct) climb to double check. 🙂

Something else to note in the larger image. You can see all the times I had to break hard for traffic and stop for lights. (Yea, I stop for lights).

There are other screens on this application


There are a few more, but I did not include them because they did not offer new information. I checked these reading agaist my bike’s computer and what do you know.. they are pretty close!  I’m not sure which I would believe more because the bikes computer does not take 0mph into account and who knows how the iphone reponds to bumps, and there are points on the ride where I wish I had a mountin bike because the road is so poor. 


What I did not do is keep the mapping option on because I did not know how much battery this would use.  I will on the next ride and will append to this post.

This is a free app BTW.  Its called TrackThing. Get it!