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.
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
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
SANTA CRUZ, CA–(Marketwire – March 21, 2011) – MotionX-GPS, the best-selling outdoor navigation app for the iPhone, has won the top spot in the navigation category for the About.com 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. Now in its fourth year, the About.com Readers’ Choice Awards honor the best products, features and services across many product categories.
“We’re thankful to About.com readers for their passionate commitment to MotionX,” said Philippe Kahn, founder and CEO of Fullpower-MotionX. “Innovation drives us, we’re always pushing the envelope. MotionX defines the Social Networking GPS category with extensive Facebook integration. You can use MotionX to visually share positions on live maps, perfect for mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, hiking, trail-running; MotionX is the perfect tool for your active life-style.”
In the Best Smartphone GPS App, “Outdoor/Hiking” category, MotionX-GPS received 86 percent of the reader votes. In writing about the solution, About.com states, “MotionX was an early entrant in the outdoor/recreational GPS app category as well, and continues to be aggressive in offering updates and new features. Readers like its 99-cent price, intuitive click-wheel interface, sharp topographic map presentation, and multiple navigation and track storage features.”
MotionX-GPS embeds the functionality of an advanced hand-held GPS unit into a simple and intuitive iPhone application. With nine map types including street, terrain, satellite and marine, users record or follow a track with a single click. Best of all, it’s easy to share MotionX-GPS tracks and positions with friends via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Facebook Places is also fully integrated for posting and viewing check-ins, and real-time location sharing allows social groups to broadcast their position to select friends to meet-up and exchange locations.
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 the iPad. Innovation and rapid updates are why more than 10 million iOS enthusiasts use MotionX applications worldwide.
The Fullpower MotionX technology platform powers the leading wearable sensing, location and navigation solutions with over 10 million Smartphone customers. Fullpower-MotionX solutions are designed and developed in Santa Cruz, California. Partners include market leaders such as Apple, Nike, Jawbone, JVC, Pioneer and Texas Instruments. Visit //www.motionx.com for more details.
SANTA CRUZ, CA–(Marketwire – February 15, 2011) – Fullpower-MotionX today launched a brand new, faster MotionX-GPS V15 for the iPhone and iPad now with real-time location sharing, which allows users to broadcast their position to selected friends. Hikers, cyclists, skiers and snowboarders can now share positions automatically. Social groups can share, meet and exchange. MotionX-GPS V15 takes the next step in navigation sharing.
MotionX-GPS V15 is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and makes a great addition for walking, jogging, cycling, skiing, sailing, kayaking, flying and more. For example, during a ski trip, the broadcast feature allows you to see the whereabouts of friends on the mountain with real-time updates, making meet-ups easier.
The intuitive MotionX-GPS menu system allows easy access to real-time sharing from the map page. Users select a customized channel, which limits sharing to a specific group of friends. MotionX-GPS puts the user in complete control of what is broadcast and to which friends. Customizable options include:
How frequently your position is updated
The radius within which you want to view your friends’ positions
The timeframe for displaying position updates
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 the iPad. Innovation and rapid updates are why more than 8 million iOS enthusiasts use MotionX applications worldwide.
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-MotionX solutions are designed and developed in Santa Cruz, California. Fullpower partners include market leaders such as Apple, Nike, Jawbone, JVC, Pioneer and Texas Instruments. Visit //drive.motionx.com for more details.
Using MotionX-GPS to enhance photography and documentaries
Martin Edström is a young journalist and an already internationally renowned and award-winning documentary and travel photographer, voted winner of the ‘People of the World’ category in the International Travel Photographer of the Year awards 2009.
The MotionX team caught up with him this week in Morocco on his latest journey.
Man in the Kasbah of Rabat – Mint tea of Morocco
MotionX:We’ve seen some amazing photography and short blog posts during your journey through Morocco. What is your main objective while you’re in Morocco? Martin: I’m looking for those little things that make up the essence of Morocco, hoping to capture it in images and in my reportage texts. Traveling with my friend and colleague Alfred Runow as well as with a group of other travellers, I’m seeing bits of everything. We’ve been covering much of the country, from the salt beaches of the coastal areas to the sand dunes of the Sahara – and have met many interesting peope while doing so. The end result will be available in a couple of international travel magazines.
MotionX: Can you tell us how you are using MotionX-GPS on your journey to Morocco? Martin: I’ve basically taken MotionX-GPS into the very core gear in my travel pack – and we use it for everything. It’s the best way to bring a map; downloading all the area maps before leaving Sweden, I’ve got detailed maps of Morocco in my pocket. This means you don’t have to stop on streetcorners or on the road, as you’ve got instant confirmation of your location all the time. And if you need to find your way somewhere – just set up a waypoint for it, and follow the map.
MotionX:How does MotionX-GPS help you in your journalism and photography endeavors? Martin: It’s a great way to catalogue my trips – which is ever more important when you’re doing reportages and need to be precise in your texts and image captions. With the GPS tracks from MotionX we can backtrack the whole trip from back home. Also, editors and online magazines get the unique opportunity to publish maps of the exact route we traveled.
MotionX:How do you like the new Broadcast Position feature in MotionX-GPS v15.0? Martin: It is a great way to help followers track me and my team, but also a great way for the team to track each other on site. I can’t wait to put this in use while working in say, Marrakech – where we are right now, and be able to see where my teammates and colleagues are in real-time as we split up in the city.
MotionX: Where in the world will your next adventure take you? Martin: I may be back here quite soon, as we’ve begun looking into arrangements for crossing the Sahara from Morocco to Mauritania. Otherwise I’ve got Brasil, Corsica and India planned for 2011.