MotionX-GPS: African Journey

September 26, 2012

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Last month Robert and his family spent three weeks in Africa using MotionX-GPS every step of the way to track, navigate and share their adventure.

 

The following is Robert’s account and description of how he used MotionX-GPS.

 

“I recently spent three weeks in Africa with family (mostly in Botswana and Namibia) and your MotionX-GPS app was indispensable in both helping us navigate real-time and in reviewing out tracks in Google Earth once the trip was over. We always knew where we were thanks to MotionX. It kept track of our every move for the whole three weeks. The great thing is that it can do this even when you have just a GPS signal but no data (which is just about all the time). It tracked our movements on an empty grey grid, but when I had WiFi, it filled in the map! I exported the KML files and loaded them into Google Earth for a complete record of everywhere we went. Thanks for making such a useful app affordable.”

 

Robert made a video of their adventure showing their tracks and photos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LILWi7eCYOQ&t=10s

 

Africa-1-s Africa-2-s

 

MotionX-GPS HD v18.0 now in the App Store!

March 15, 2012

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Check out MotionX-GPS HD v18.0 on the App Store!
Free update for existing users!

 

Optimizations for the new iPad:
• New retina graphics deliver the ultimate navigation experience

 

New improved user experience:
• Curtain menus
• Many usability enhancements

 

New interactive mapping features:
• Select multiple tracks and waypoints for viewing at the same time
• Show / hide groups of waypoints or tracks by folder
• Customizable track line color – choose from a palette of 32 colors
• Assign a track activity to saved tracks

 

Go to the App Store now:
MotionX-GPS HD on the App Store.

 

MotionX-GPS v18.0 now in the App Store!

December 21, 2011

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Check out MotionX-GPS v18.0 on the App Store!
Free update for existing users!

 

What’s New for skiers/snowboarders:
• Share your Live Position Updates with friends and family on the slopes: meet-up, snowboard, ski together, keep track of your vertical, max-speed.

 

Heart Rate Monitoring:
• New support for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and ANT+ heart rate sensors
• Enhanced Voice Coaching with support for real-time heart rate feedback

 

New interactive mapping features:
• Select multiple tracks for viewing at the same time
• Show / hide groups of waypoints or tracks by folder
• Customizable track line color – choose from a palette of 32 colors

 

Now share your Live Position Updates with anyone:
view the Live Updates Map on gps.MotionX.com!

 

Go to the App Store now:
MotionX-GPS on the App Store.

 

 

MotionX®-GPS Spokesperson and Olympic Skier Eva Twardokens Inducted Into U.S. Ski and Snowboarding
Hall of Fame

November 15, 2011
Eva Twardokens, MotionX-GPS Spokesperson and Olympic Skier, Inducted into U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Hall of Fame

Eva Twardokens, MotionX-GPS Spokesperson and Olympic Skier, Inducted into U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Hall of Fame

 

SANTA CRUZ, CA–(Marketwire – Nov 15, 2011) – MotionX® is excited to announced and congratulate its spokesperson and Olympic skier Eva Twardokens as she is inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

 

The U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Hall of Fame inducted eight skiing greats to its Class of 2011 Hall of Fame — headlined by 1985 World Championship bronze medalist Eva Twardokens and 2002 Olympic silver medalist Joe Pack. The class is made up of a broad spectrum of elite skiers, writers and ski industry leaders. The formal induction ceremony will take place Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Seattle, with an enshrinement ceremony at the Hall of Fame in Ishpeming later in the year.

 

“Eva is a fantastic athlete and the perfect MotionX ambassador,” said Philippe Kahn, founder and CEO of Fullpower-MotionX. “The success of the new MotionX-GPS is a testament to her brilliant skills.”

 

Eva became a spokesperson for MotionX in 2008. As a MotionX-GPS fan, she uses MotionX-GPS on her iPhone to share the sport of skiing from her unique point of view by posting her speed, location and photos of the mountain from resorts around the world to friends and family. Additionally Eva puts MotionX-GPS through its paces as she cross-trains — for running, biking, paddle boarding and her other outdoor adventures.

 

“My parents and I are overjoyed,” said Eva Twardokens. “This honor validates my career on the snow, and I thank the board and my peers for awarding me for this fantastic recognition!”

 

About Eva Twardokens
Eva Twardokens made her World Cup debut at the age of 17 in 1982 and was named Ski Racing’s Junior Racer of the Year in 1982 and 1983. She enjoyed a 12-year international career that included three podiums and 34 finishes in the top ten. Six of those finishes came at the World Championships where she won a bronze medal in the giant slalom event in 1985. That same year she was second in a World Cup super G event. Eva was a two time Olympian finishing sixth in the giant slalom in Lillehammer in 1994. In 1996 she won the World Championship for technical skiing. Today she is a fitness advocate and holds a Masters National Weightlifting title and is a spokesperson for MotionX, the leader for Health & Fitness and Navigation on the iPhone and the iPad.

 

“Eva was an inspirational athlete on an amazingly talented team when she started her career with a World Championship medal in 1985,” said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. “Her hard work paid off throughout her U.S. Ski Team tenure.”

 

Important Links:
MotionX-GPS in the App Store:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/motionx-gps/id299949744?mt=8

 

MotionX-GPS HD in the App Store:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/motionx-gps-hd/id370488535?mt=8

 

Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/MotionX

 

Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/MotionX

 

About Fullpower-MotionX
Fullpower-MotionX leads the wearable sensing revolution with a broad IP portfolio. The MotionX® sensing platform powers leading solutions such as Nike+ GPS, the Jawbone UP wristband, and the Pioneer AppRadio. With continual innovation, MotionX is the leader for Health, Fitness and Navigation on the iPhone and the iPad.

 

 

New MotionX®-GPS Optimized for iOS 5;
Adds 18 New Features

November 2, 2011
MotionX-GPS for the iPhone offers an <br />all-new user experience

 

MotionX-GPS Version 17: Streamlined User Interface, Landscape Support, and New Features for iOS 5

 

SANTA CRUZ, CA–(Marketwire – Nov 2, 2011) – Fullpower®-MotionX® today announced a major update to its MotionX-GPS iPhone App. With this update, MotionX-GPS offers an all-new user experience to provide faster and easier access to the features users want, with full support for both portrait and landscape orientation and an elegant new menu design.

 

This gives users the flexibility they need to conveniently mount their iPhone for quick and easy interaction, whether running with an armband or biking with a handlebar mount.

 

New features for iOS 5 include integration with Twitter to allow users to keep their friends and followers up to date on their latest outdoor adventures, and intuitive use of iOS 5 Notifications to complement voice coaching while the screen is turned off. In all, the update includes 18 new features and enhancements:
MotionX-GPS for the iPhone tracks<br /> your outdoor adventures

 

  • Full landscape support
  • Twitter integration
  • New full screen graphs for altitude and speed
  • Facebook integration
  • Optimized for iOS5
  • New MotionX-GPS optimized for iOS 5<br /> includes 18 new features
  • Voice coaching in the background
  • On screen silent coaching
  • Multiple map-type on-board support
  • Background accelerometrics in iOS5
  • Power management optimization
  • Daylight viewing optimization
  • Night viewing
  • One-touch menu access
  • New optimized user experience
  • Emergency location control
  • Increased compass visibility
  • New waypoint management solution
  • Import and export of tracks and waypoints

 

“MotionX-GPS is the best and most popular iPhone tool for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, kayaking, flying, and sailing,” said Philippe Kahn, founder and CEO of Fullpower-MotionX. “This new release changes everything again.”

 

Important Links:
MotionX-GPS in the App Store:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/motionx-gps/id299949744?mt=8

 

MotionX-GPS HD in the App Store:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/motionx-gps-hd/id370488535?mt=8

 

Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/MotionX

 

Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/MotionX

 

About Fullpower-MotionX
Fullpower-MotionX leads the wearable sensing revolution with a broad IP portfolio. The MotionX® sensing platform powers leading solutions such as Nike+ GPS, the Jawbone UP wristband, and the Pioneer AppRadio. With continual innovation, MotionX is the leader for Health, Fitness and Navigation on the iPhone and the iPad.

 

 

MotionX-GPS V16.5 now in the App Store!

September 7, 2011

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With new ways to share and import!

 

Check out MotionX-GPS v16.5.
Free update for existing users!

 

dot New iTunes Drag & Drop support!

dot Share tracks or waypoints using in-app email!

dot Import any GPX file from an email!

dot Optimizations and bug fixes

 

Go to the App Store now:
MotionX-GPS on the App Store.

 

MotionX Introduces MotionX®-GPS V16
with New Powerful Mapping for iPhone and iPad

May 19, 2011

 

New Map Interface, Innovative Waypoint Viewing, Faster Unlimited Downloading of Maps, Smoother Panning/Zooming and 11 Other Improvements

 

MotionX-GPSv16
SANTA CRUZ, CA–(Marketwire – May 19, 2011) – Fullpower®-MotionX® today announced MotionX-GPS version 16.0 for the iPhone and iPad, including a newly revamped mapping engine and waypoint display interface to provide the best possible online and offline map viewing for outdoor enthusiasts.

 

Now MotionX-GPS includes fast unlimited on-board downloading of four map types:

  • Street Maps
  • Topo Maps
  • Cycle Maps
  • Marine Maps

 

The powerful new MotionX mapping engine enables users to access maps faster and easier with the smoothest panning and zooming experience for the iPhone and iPad.

 

The innovative new waypoint display interface automatically groups waypoints in close proximity — which varies with zoom level — and expands into a detailed list using MotionX TapTap® technology. The result is a clean view of the base map at all times, with instant access to the user’s points of interest and navigation tools.

 

“We are proud to give MotionX users the broadest choice of on-board/off-board maps with a compelling user experience,” said Philippe Kahn Chairman of Fullpower®-MotionX®. “Now the iPhone and the iPad are ready to go anywhere, anytime, with or without a wireless connection.”

 

Fullpower-MotionX applications are built specifically for the iOS platform, which allows the development team to quickly focus on the best solutions for the iPhone and iPad without compromises. Innovation and constant improvements are why more than 10 million iOS enthusiasts use MotionX applications worldwide.

 

MotionX-GPS and MotionX-GPS HD version 16.0 are immediately available for the iPhone and iPad at $2.99, which includes unlimited free worldwide map downloads for offline viewing. As always, the upgrade is free to current MotionX-GPS customers.

 

Important Links:
MotionX-GPS in the iTunes Store:
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=299949744&mt=8
Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/MotionX
Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MotionX

 

About Fullpower-MotionX
Fullpower-MotionX ignited the wearable sensing world with the Fullpower-MotionX technology platform. Today, Fullpower-MotionX leads the navigation category on the iPhone and the iPad. Fullpower partners include market leaders such as Apple, Nike, Jawbone, Pioneer, JVC and Texas Instruments. Visit http://gps.motionx.com for more details.

 

 

Saving Mount Everest – Nearing Base Camp

April 27, 2011
MotionX-GPS: Lukla to Pheriche

MotionX-GPS: Lukla to Pheriche

 

Martin Edström is getting closer to Everest Base Camp. Along the way he is using MotionX-GPS to log his journey and communicate to the world.
View his MotionX-GPS track: Lukla to Pheriche

 

He is documenting the Saving Mount Everest Project, which is being coordinated by the Society for Cooperation Alps-Himalaya.

 

Martin continues to blog from Nepal:
From Thyangboche we have moved on to Pherice, further up the valley at about 4300m. A small, pass-through town, but also an essential acclimatisation stop. From green valleys we are now heading into more barren land, with rock and snow part of every day.

5000m. View over Ama Dablam, as seen from high over Pheriche. Land is getting barren, isolated - and not a place where people care to think about sustainable waste management in between all other high altitude related problems

5000m. View over Ama Dablam, as seen from high over Pheriche. Land is getting barren, isolated - and not a place where people care to think about sustainable waste management in between all other high altitude related problems

 

Bashi Rai, a local porter working for the trekking companies. The porter on the left is carrying a load of 90kg through Pheriche, on his way to Everest Base Camp

Bashi Rai, a local porter working for the trekking companies carrying a load of 90kg through Pheriche, on his way to Everest Base Camp

 

We have done interviews with a couple of the sherpa porters, and as we’ve stayed for two extra days have got a good look at all the trekkers passing by. The Himalayan Rescue Association have their main clinic here in Pheriche, and it’s busy everyday with porters and tourists in trouble because of the high altitude.

 

Yaks and their offspring are seen in every village. They represent part of the region’s future problems; with increasing demand on products to be delivered to tourist lodges and other remote traveler areas, yaks are bred more than ever. With their grazing comes a very used-up landscape, that can’t be sustained in the long term.

 

Yaks and their offspring are seen in every village.

Yaks and their offspring are seen in every village.

 

As for the waste management, this is one typical place where waste and garbage disposal doesn’t come in first hand. Lots is used, especially the water bottles that are thrown away in mass – but in a barren and cold place such as this, few think about sustainability. This is where a project like Saving Mount Everest will have a hard challenge, establishing a waste system where people are least of all concerned with what they throw away.

 

As for our traveling group, we have hit several snags – almost half of the troupe have been evacuated down to Kathmandu by helicopter because of various problems with altitude, and Nepal being a nest of many serious stomach bugs. I was relieved of the latter thanks to the HRA clinic yesterday, who thankfully had antibiotics in stock.

 

Tomorrow we leave for Lobuche, and up towards the snowy regions of Everest Base Camp.

 

Follow Martin’s progress on his blog here: http://martinedstrom.com/category/blog/

 

 

Saving Mount Everest Project 2011-2012

April 15, 2011

Saving Mount Everest Project 2011/12

Saving Mount Everest Project 2011/12


Martin Edström is preparing for his first of many trips to Nepal over the next year to document the Saving Mount Everest Project, which is being coordinated by the Society for Cooperation Alps-Himalaya.

 

His full documentary in text and images will provide extensive coverage of the project through 2012. Martin will be using his iPhone 4 with MotionX-GPS to share his position on the mountain and geo-tag specific clean up locations from Base Camp up to the high ‘death zone’.

 

The goals of the project are to remove ten tons of rubbish from the mountain in the spring of 2011 and, together with the National Park Management, to introduce a sustainable waste disposal concept in the Everest region by the end of 2012.

 

In preparation for his journey, Martin has put together his standard photography equipment as well as a Brunton solar roll and storage so he is able to charge all his devices on the go. (Brunton.com)

 

Stay tuned here on Martin’s blog for updates on the project.

 

Brunton Solar Roll with Storage

Brunton Solar Roll with Storage

Brunton Travel Case

Brunton Travel Case

 

 

Japanese Tsunami Relief Effort with MotionX-GPS

March 29, 2011

 

Miyoto Large Heli Pad

Miyoto Large Heli Pad


Professional photographer and educator Michael Shiffler traveled to Japan to help with the relief efforts along coastal areas hit hardest by the tsunami, roughly 150 miles north of Tokyo. Michael has been using MotionX-GPS to mark places badly in need of assistance and supplies. He sends the GPS coordinates to relief distribution centers, who then deliver supplies via helicopter or van to the marked location quickly and efficiently. Such streamlined delivery of aid would not be possible without the help of volunteers on the ground using handheld GPS tagging tools such as the iPhone with MotionX-GPS.

 

A few excerpts from Michael’s recent blog posts (http://www.michaelthemaven.com/):

 

03.22.11 I have an incredible opportunity to do GPS tagging for the Meysen school for distributions. Meysen has partnered with Samaritans Purse in Sendai and there are now 90+ tons of aid waiting to be delivered. I went out on a trial run with the Meysen team to assess and GPS tag four locations. I think they are realizing how powerful this is in speeding things up for delivery.

 

Michael Shiffler in Japan

Michael Shiffler in Japan


03.25.11 Toby [a fellow volunteer] sent me a few possible GPS locations of distribution points in the area. The first place was an elderly home for about 250 people. When we showed them some of the sample supplies, the director started crying, saying it was exactly what he was looking for and couldn’t find. Japanese people do not cry very often, so we knew he was grateful. I was able to tag the location and email a copy of it in real time.

 

03.26.11 Baba Nakayama, Japan. To our surprise, people were living in their destroyed homes, trying to clean up their yards. We asked to speak with the area leader, named Abe (pronouced Abay) and he invited us inside his home, where 100 people are sleeping each night (you are reading this correctly). I sent in the GPS report to Nathan and then we headed back to camp to get cleaned up and have lunch….. Nathan immediately loaded up his van and trailer with food, water, tarps, hygiene kits, gasoline and other supplies and we took it straight out to Baba Nakayama for delivery. They were very happy to get them, and we are working on getting them the rest of their supplies later this week.

 

03.27.11 Meysen is bringing up some tents and heavy equipment — a lot of great things are happening. Abe broke down to tears and expressed deep gratitude saying “90% of what we have received has come from you.” All from one little GPS tag. It’s so humbling to be a part of it. bv.

 

 

MotionX-GPS – Tagging relief drop zones with MGRS coordinate grid

 

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