GPS Travel Tracker  £29.99 @ Maplin
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GPS Travel Tracker £29.99 @ Maplin

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Found 4th Feb 2011Made hot 5th Feb 2011
Small in size, big on memory with great battery performance
Record and trace your journey with photo locations using GPS technology
View your journey on Google Maps™ and Google Earth™
Retrospectively view a route and locations of your child, vehicle or pet with detailed information on travel, speed, date and time
Pocket-sized water resistant GPS travel tracker - great for blogging your journey!
Upload a travel blog of your journey and associated pictures to software such as Yahoo Flickr™ and Google Picasa™
Broadcast your travel experience via social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace etc.
Pre-set GPS logging intervals of 5, 10, 15, 30 or 60 seconds or manually set from 1 second to 60 minutes
Geotrack and analyse sports or exercise activities with sport charts and calorie consumption reference
Supplied with USB charging cable, rubber material belt or strap mounting case and software on CD-Rom
Compatible with Windows® 2000, Windows® XP, 32-bit versions of Windows® Vista and Windows 7
Uses a SiRF Star III GPS chipset powered by a 230mAh Lithium-ion battery
Measures just 44.5(h) x 28.5(w) x 13(d) mm
Weighs only 20g

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Something VERY similar here for another £3 odd.

Looking closer I think mine is a lot better.

Certainly in the looks Dept.

Decided not to vote either way as your is cheaper.:)

bestofferbuy.com/4-i…ase



Edited by: "rizla01" 4th Feb 2011

cool - going to tie it to the cat to see where it goes..
or sould that be the other half lol

direct link to OP HERE

Original Poster

Got one of these and there pretty cool. I use it for walking in the Lake District, tracks where you have been etc then you can upload the track as a gpx file and show it on Google Maps, Google Earth and Memory Map etc.

Cool gadget for the geeks...
Edited by: "atkypne" 4th Feb 2011

i have this and they are fantastic! doesnt quite work when youre in buildings or where there are alot of tall buildings around you but i think that is a norm among gps trackers/loggers and for that price it doesnt really matter. depending on the settings, it can last upto 20hrs I think. depends on the logging interval.
Edited by: "RobinT" 4th Feb 2011

What's the battery life like on this device? Very tempted to get one to track the walks we do!

CuteCutie

What's the battery life like on this device? Very tempted to get one to … What's the battery life like on this device? Very tempted to get one to track the walks we do!


From the maplin web site it depends on the frequency of logging
Frequency of GPS logging Battery life (if fully charged)
Every 60 seconds 70 hours
Every 30 seconds 60 hours
Every 15 seconds 30 hours
Every 10 seconds 20 hours
Every 5 seconds 10 hours

From the Ops description you can manually set the loogging time to upto every 60 minutes. For walking you could set it for every few minutes and I suspect you would get even longer battery life than the 70 hours if needed..

Edited by: "Trentend" 4th Feb 2011

I just checked the battery life and came to post and funnily enough saw the post above.

For this battery life this is good. I have a Garmin Forerunner 110 which lasts 8hours from full charge. I would love an option to reduce the accuracy of the GPS to prolong the tracking. I want to be able to track 10hr+ walks and my Forerunner won't cope, but this gizmo will if set to every 10 seconds.

If you have a smart phone you can get apps like run keeper for free or very cheap. They do the same thing as this product

Original Poster

I have a smart phone, the gps on smart phones are nowhere near as good as this.

Planning to buy one of these to log my car journeys. Does it have a clock? So can it log position against time of day?

EDIT: After reading the FM, I can answer my own question. It logs date and time.
Edited by: "alasrati" 4th Feb 2011

nice

Banned

atkypne

I have a smart phone, the gps on smart phones are nowhere near as good as … I have a smart phone, the gps on smart phones are nowhere near as good as this.



My HTC Desire is pretty good. Geo:cach app tracks even when phone is locked. I understand Iphone etc are not very good though.

HTC Desire is not as good as Garmin Etrex H, but I doubt this offer here is either.
Edited by: "Lyrrad" 5th Feb 2011

atkypne

I have a smart phone, the gps on smart phones are nowhere near as good as … I have a smart phone, the gps on smart phones are nowhere near as good as this.


No smartphone will give you battery life like this.

Banned

It tracks speed...stick it in your suitcase before a flight and have a look at your top speed when you land...

maplin.co.uk/blu…568 - bluetooth version looks useful, shame it's not on offer!

Hi, can this track live journeys or act as a car gps tracker in case it gets stolen? If so how and where do you view its location in real time?

Thank You in advance

Excellent. A hand-held GPS for use when out walking would normally be £65+ so if you just need a way to log where you have been this cheap.

The absense of a display is a bit unfortunate, otherwise it could be used for geocaching, also no use if you are lost unless you take your laptop with you.

Would work geat with OpenStreetMap though (it's a Wikipedia-like web site for creating maps).
Edited by: "nick1austin" 5th Feb 2011

You can use it to give you a grid reference to help find your position on an OS map, but it is a bit limited.

I use ViewRanger on the N97 mini smart phone (2nd hand off ebay), GPS tracks accurately and battery lasts all day (14+ miles walking). It works with openstreetmap and is only a few quid, so it is worth it if you have already got a smart phone. Ordinance Survey map add-ons are expensive though.

I have got this and use it for tracking bike rides.

It is used to show where you HAVE BEEN. Not where you are. Take it with you and upload the data when you return to see data (speed etc) of your trip.

It does not transmit any details in real time.

Sounds good but doesn't seem to be compatible with macs, shame.

nick1austin

Excellent. A hand-held GPS for use when out walking would normally be … Excellent. A hand-held GPS for use when out walking would normally be £65+ so if you just need a way to log where you have been this cheap.The absense of a display is a bit unfortunate, otherwise it could be used for geocaching, also no use if you are lost unless you take your laptop with you.



The point is photo tagging. You press the button when you take a photo and it logs the location. You set the cameras clock to the same time and when you get home you can geotag your photo's.

That said I've had fun taking it to theme parks and it's pretty wierd when you realsie how many times you've been around a place. See a-trip.com/tra…210 which is a Log of out day at SeaWorld in Florida, without the tracker I'd have never realsied how much you go back and forth on yourself.

Muhammad

Hi, can this track live journeys or act as a car gps tracker in case it … Hi, can this track live journeys or act as a car gps tracker in case it gets stolen? If so how and where do you view its location in real time?Thank You in advance



Looks like you can't so just stick a budget android phone with google latitude set up and stick it in your boot. Remember to charge every 2 days!

cspiders

Sounds good but doesn't seem to be compatible with macs, shame.

You can load the data on OS X or Linux. The bundled software for analysing the data won't work though but it's probably crappy anyway and other software would be better.

launchpad.net/igo…oad

cspiders

Sounds good but doesn't seem to be compatible with macs, shame.


Nor with Windows 7, according to one of the user reviews.

alasrati

You can load the data on OS X or Linux. The bundled software for … You can load the data on OS X or Linux. The bundled software for analysing the data won't work though but it's probably crappy anyway and other software would be better.https://launchpad.net/igotu2gpx/+download


Thanks.

Muhammad

Hi, can this track live journeys or act as a car gps tracker in case it … Hi, can this track live journeys or act as a car gps tracker in case it gets stolen? If so how and where do you view its location in real time?Thank You in advance



No, but in theory you could hide it in your car and if the caw was stolen, and then dumped, when you found it again you could see where they went.

I bought one of these a couple of years back too. Brilliant device, I use mine mainly for cycling and i've lent it to a friend who does running, both impressed with accuracy. I took mine on holiday too and when we went on tours I could see later on where we had been and zoom in on google maps, its fairly accurate. Its worth noting it DOES work fine with Windows7, thats what I used it with since I bought it although I did download the latest version of @trip first rather than use the one that comes with it. A drawback is you have to use the supplied USB docker, doesn't look like the strongest design but mine's never broken. Also, you can only adjust the logging interval when plugged into the computer so make sure you have enough battery for your journey. Other than that, it only has 2 lights, these can indicate on/off, whether its logging (GPS lock), a flash every time it logs (can be disabled) and a low battery warning - I found this gives sseveral hours warning. All in all, I'd recommend this, think I only paid a little more about 2-3 years ago from maplin, think they may have been around this price before. Heat.

Hawfinch

Nor with Windows 7, according to one of the user reviews.



Yes it does, but you need to install it properly!

@trip software

Had one of these for ages from a previous Maplin offer and it is really useful.

DJ1

It tracks speed...stick it in your suitcase before a flight and have a … It tracks speed...stick it in your suitcase before a flight and have a look at your top speed when you land...



it can be slighlty inaccurate since the average wait for landing on heathrow is ages

Edited by: "MajorCockUp" 5th Feb 2011

I have a similar product for tracking my flying about 18 months ago.

At the time I paid about £45 for a Ventus G730, which was a bargain, the I-Gotu's were about £60, at £33 this is a steal for photographers, ramblers, etc.

DJ1

It tracks speed...stick it in your suitcase before a flight and have a … It tracks speed...stick it in your suitcase before a flight and have a look at your top speed when you land...


Would that even work? The manual (link in the first post) says it can't get a reliable GPS fix if it's inside a bag or a pocket.

I've ordered one, so I'm hoping it's a bit more reliable than that.

I used to sell the Travel Honey's for £30, great seller and gadget... Check DX or Ebay for them

maxmix

Mine arrived this morning, and I took it for a long walk this afternoon. Very nice little gadget.

Yes, it does work with Windows 7 - you can get the latest software from the i-gotU site: global.mobileaction.com/dow…jsp

And yes, it does work inside a pocket, though it seems to need a line to sight to the satellite for the initial connection.

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