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GPS Track logs

Postby Rich » Tue Sep 07, 2004 8:01 pm

Hi All,

So it was a stunning and great Burn. Thank you to everyone!

Here is an early and rough example of what I am trying to do with GPS track logs:
http://testingrange.com/geotest/bm_tracks.svg

You need an SVG capable browser, but there are plugins for almost all browsers.

Note the track marked 'arrival' and how it passes the entrance. Yes, I did totally miss the entrance to Burning Man. The funny thing was that a dozen cars followed me on down the road. Sleep dep and road hypnotized I pulled over and lmao...

If you have GPS track logs and would like them mapped, then please send them to me! If you have mapping-fu or SVG -fu and are interested in extending this, then please contact me!

Rich@testingrange.com


It is fun to look at the tracks I took and to reflect on how limited my journey was, when compared to all that there was at the city! Next year I'll need to engage in a Situationist 'derive' to encounter more...
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Postby --Ever-- » Wed Sep 08, 2004 10:09 pm

I'm not too sure what you're talking about, but it sounds as if you've got a GPS that records where you go and you can print out the maps? That's pretty cool. Might be fun to some how overlay it on a scaled map of the Playa and see where you visited ;)

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Postby Rich » Thu Sep 09, 2004 1:27 pm

Hi Ever,

Most GPS units have a 'track log' memory that can record where you go. You can then load that into a computer and print out maps of where you have been.

The 'innovation' to my track log maps is that they are animated-you get to see a bit of the motion.

Overlaying it on a scaled map is 'coming.'

Also, showing the tracks of multiple people is coming.
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Postby EB » Sat Sep 18, 2004 6:48 pm

Rich,

That is totally cool.

Do all standard GPS's come with that track-logging feature?

I'm wondering aloud how could something like this be turned into a playa-friendly piece of interactive art...
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Postby Rich » Sat Sep 18, 2004 6:58 pm

EB wrote:Rich,

That is totally cool.



Thank you!

Do all standard GPS's come with that track-logging feature?

I'm wondering aloud how could something like this be turned into a playa-friendly piece of interactive art...


All the GPS units I've seen have it. My original overgrand plan was to have a geoannotating golf cart, with a terminal so people could upload their GPS track logs out on the playa and see what other people were doing.

That, uh, ran into practical difficulties ranging from a lack of time to a DMV denial, to well, a lack of time :-)
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Postby Badger » Sat Sep 18, 2004 7:40 pm

Hey! That arrival icon suggests that you were dusting the main enrt point after getting through the gate.

Slow down! No dusting.
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Postby Badger » Sat Sep 18, 2004 7:42 pm

Pretty cool BTW.

What type of GPS? Garmen(sp?)
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Postby Sandwichman » Sat Sep 18, 2004 8:36 pm

Why can i not see it? Is it required viewing with a GPS unit? Also do I need a plugin to view it? Thank you

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Postby Rich » Sat Sep 18, 2004 8:54 pm

I didn't dust the entry, honest! Actually, if I post the actual track log you could calculate my velocity at all times ... sort of Orewellian...

I used a Garmin Rino and IIIplus.

Note...you need the 'SVG' plug in to see the images.
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Postby geekster » Sun Sep 19, 2004 12:31 am

BTW, I am thinking of putting a geocache at whatever camp I am at next year. It would be cool if some other camps did the same. We might post clues on a bulletin board someplace in the city. Nice way to trade camp swag and meet people who come in looking.
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