We’ve been riding in the mountains on remote mountain-biking expeditions for two decades, wishing we had a way to track our routes. Our Suunto Vector “wristop” (watch) with an altimeter and compass met the “good enough” test for years. But now, with GPS and map software merging with smart-phone ubiquity, it’s a whole new world out there. And with the forthcoming HTML 5 standard offering built-in location services, it’s about to get even better.
At any point on the mountain, you’re able to Twitter or Facebook or text your friends, providing your exact location pegged to an online map. This is assuming cell service, which can be a big if. But even that is expanding every year…
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With MotionX-GPS HD 12.1, now you can share your recorded tracks and waypoints via email, Facebook, and/or Twitter! Each share event includes a link to view your track or waypoint in Google Maps; sharing via email also includes an attached KMZ and GPX file. This update also introduces support for GPX file import, allowing you to import any track or waypoint created using this industry standard file format.
Here’s a summary of what’s new:
Share tracks and waypoints via email, Facebook, and/or Twitter.
FaceTime from the middle of the Pacific. Arthur and Peter, my MotionX colleagues are in the office in Santa Cruz, California and get video-taped doing FaceTime between Pete’s iPhone 4 in Santa Cruz and my iPhone 4 in the middle of the Pacific Ocean one of the most isolated spots in the world. When it came up, it was like magic! To paraphrase Arthur Clarke, Great innovative technology and magic are literally indistinguishable. This is what the Camera-Phone was designed to do.