Death By GPS

The Sacramento Bee has an article on casualties caused by people trusting their GPS too much. In particular the article focuses on Death Valley where some units send cars down jeep trails.


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Don’t Try to Find Baxter State Park’s Office on Your GPS

Here’s an amusing tale of the pitfalls of commercial GPS — specifically for people looking for the headquarters of the Baxter State Park. The units try to send them to Katahdin summit!


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First GPS Satellite in $8 Billion Overhaul Launches

GPS Satellite 2F-1, the first of the new generation, of GPS satellites launched May 28 after several delays after the program was announced in 1996. The 2F is designed to replace to Block 2A satellites which were launched 1990 and 1997 and were supposed to have a 7.5 year life span. 11 of those satellites are still used in the GPS constellation (4 of which were launched in 1992 or before). It is part of an $8 billion upgrade of the system which will take more than 10 years.
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GPS Shoes

They have GPS in everything else today. Why not shoes thanks to a partnership of GTX Corp (OTCBB: GTXO), a leader in customizable, embedded 2-way GPS Personal Location Services (PLS) solutions, moves one step closer to bringing personal GPS tracking solutions to the 5.3 million seniors afflicted with dementia by signing a four year, potential multi-million dollar license agreement with Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.! The target market is Alzheimer’s patients.


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Cell Phone GPS Coordinates Leader to Rescue on Greylock Trail in Colorado


The Windsor Tribune reports a woman was rescued in Poudre Canyon after a dispatcher used GPS directions to locate her.
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Cell GPS Phone Leads to Hawaii Rescue in Nu'uanu Mountains


Hawaiichannel reports T-Mobile workers using the GPS coordinates of a phone organized a rescue of a mssing hiker in the Nu’uanu mountains.
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Check Your Elevation and GPS Coordinates With Your (Ricoh) Camera for Only $1,149

If you really, really, really want to prove you visited a highpoint, Ricoh has come out with the Ricoh Pro G3 GPS Camera which records your coordinates and elevation with your shot. It’s a little pricey for a 3.2 megapixel, 3x Optical Zoom Camera ($1,149 for the camera, gps card and software) but if you really want to prove something… You can use the software to come up with nifty maps with pop up photos from each location. Forum thread item.

The San Diego Tribune has an article on the phenomenon. It also notes that many people are using their own cameras and gps receivers and then synchonizing the EXIF and Waypoint data with free software tools including

Oziphototool
Stuffware Photo Studio
Wideworld Media Exchange

Eyeballing the specs it strikes me that oziphototool is the easiest and simplest.

The article also notes that cameras and gps receivers are bluetooth wireless equipped could conceivably do this.

There are several programs that allow you to synchonize your GPS coordinated photos with maps.


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