A trip to the North and some GPS fun April 15, 2009Posted by GuySoft in Crictor, Hamakor, ITU, linux, Maemo, open source.
Tags: googleearth, gps, ITU, linux, Maemo
This Passover, I went on a trip in the North of Israel in the Golan heights.
However, apart from enjoying the beauty of nature I thought I might do a little experiment with my Nokia N810, a Linux device with a GPS receiver.
What I did was switch it on at the beginning of the tour and put it back inside my bag, ignoring it most of the time.
The result was a complete GPX file of our tour.
On the Nokia it looked nice, however I wanted to see if I can extract more data at home with the GPX file.I found 3 tools I could do with it.
The first was slicing the exact route (since I left it on after getting in the car and driving home, it had the 5 hour route I drove home too). For that I used an application called Viking. Viking also give me another bit of information I liked – it said we walked 10 kilomiters.
The second was an online tool called gpsvisualizer. This gave me a nice view of the track, along with the height variation, you can see the outcome on the right.
Gpsvisualizer also gave me an option to convert the gpx file to a .kmz file, a googleearth filetype. So I could now load my track in to googleearth.
I could see now the route overlaid with google’s rich data, from photos to a high res satellite map, and 3d view!
I thought I might share with you the fun trip I had, and digital fun that came after it. I know there are others here that have gps tools and I’d love to hear what tools you use.