Tag Archives: GPS

Using Google Maps to record trip data

Here’s a cool little Google Maps trick that I recently discovered: You can create a custom map containing specific places you visited. Used in conjunction with a GPS receiver, it’s an excellent way to record trip data for future reference or for sharing with others.

I entered the GPS coordinates I recorded during our latest trip to Mexico and Google Maps plotted them all nicely on a map:


View Cancun, November 2011 in a larger map

 

For some reason, when I tried to look up the coordinates in Google Maps while we were still in Mexico, I keep getting an error telling me that Google didn’t have permission to display the data, but I can pull up the coordinates just fine now that we’re back in the U.S. Something to keep in mind if you’re planning a foray into the Congo Basin.

half-assed product review: GSSport GH-561 Boomerang GPS Device

A quick, six-minute review of the GSSport GH-561 Boomerang GPS device, where I show the device powering on and describe how to save a waypoint.

In a nutshell:

— Device powers on to the compass. This needlessly drains the battery, and there should be a way to disable it.

— The lanyard should be relocated to the bottom of the unit.

— Saving a waypoint requires the user to click three different buttons. This should be more intuitive and user-friendly. Saving a waypoint should only require a user to click the same button twice — once to save and again to confirm.

— USB charging cover is poorly made and doesn’t stay in place.

 

half-assed product review: GSSport GH-561 Boomerang GPS Device