This must be the ultimate gadget for that photography buff on your Christmas list. “i-gotU” is a tiny device that tracks where you have been. That's it! All it does is track your location. With a built-in GPS satellite tracking receiver and 16 megabytes of built-in flash memory, the i-gotU device records your exact location (plus or minus ten feet or so) every few seconds and stores it in memory. It will store up to 65,000 locations, each recorded with the exact time you were at that location. What makes this device so useful is the included software that allows the stored locations to be used in so many ways.
Perhaps the most obvious use is in digital photography. You can automatically add geotags to every photo. That is, if you carry the i-gotU device in your pocket or in your camera bag, and if you make sure the date/time information in your camera is accurate within a very few seconds, you can always record the exact location of every picture you take. The latitude and longitude can automatically be added to each picture. That can be really useful for recording vacation trips or for hiking in the mountains or even when taking pictures at the family reunion.
As soon as you plug in i-gotU GPS Logger to your computer, your trips and current position are displayed effortlessly on Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, or Bing Maps.
The software included with the i-gotU device is loaded into your Windows desktop or laptop computer. It looks at the date/time stamp on each photograph and then looks in the i-gotU device to determine your exact location when the picture was snapped. The software then adds the latitude and longitude information to each photograph's meta data. The information remains hidden to the human eye when viewing the picture, but is available to many different programs that support geotagging, including the online picture sharing sites, such as flickr, Picasa, and @trip. In fact, with @trip, you can upload your vacation photos, and the online site will even draw a map showing the route of your travels.
i-gotU is compatible with all digital cameras and camera phones as it never makes a connection to the camera. All data connections are made inside your Windows computer: import the pictures, save them on your computer's hard drive, then let the i-gotU software automatically add the geotag information to each photo.
The i-gotU logger provides the most convenient and lowest cost method of adding geographic information to your photographs. You do not need to press any buttons on the i-gotU device; it automatically records its location every few seconds with no human interaction. The only better method is to purchase a very expensive camera that has a built-in GPS to perform the same functions.
The i-gotU logger also functions as a normal GPS device and can be used with other applications, including Google Map, Google Earth, and many of the GPS navigation programs available. Want to know where that teen-age driver went with the family auto last night? Put the i-gotU device into the car before he or she leaves, then check the data in the morning. You can see a map of the entire trip on Google Earth. I am sure you can think of other “stealth mode” uses as well.
This tiny data logger is battery powered, and a fully charged battery will last for days. When it is time to recharge, simply plug the i-gotU device's USB cable into your computer. It recharges through the USB cable.
The i-gotU device works with Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Vista. The included software does not work with a Macintosh.
The i-gotU model GT-120 includes 16 megabytes of memory, sufficient for recording 65,000 locations. The GT-120 sells for $70 or so, depending upon the individual retailer.
The i-gotU model GT-200e includes 64 megabytes of memory, sufficient for recording 262,000 locations. It also contains a Bluetooth interface to make wireless connections to computers and some cell phones without any dangling wires. The GT-200e sells for $99.99 or so, depending upon the individual retailer.
The i-gotU model GT-600 includes 64 megabytes of memory, sufficient for recording 262,000 locations. It also contains a motion detector and will shut off automatically after some period of not being moved. It will "wake up" again and start recording locations as soon as the device is moved. I was unable to find any pricing information for the GT-600, however.
The i-gotU data logger is produced by Mobile Action Technology Inc. Further information may be found at http://global.mobileaction.com.
Here's a hint: if you want to skip the whole separate module thing and you already own a Symbian, Windows Mobile, or a phone that supports Java, you can download the free @Trip software for your phone. It will upload your images to the @Trip website.
The Apple iPhone 3G and 3Gs also optionally records geotag information although you cannot see the information on the iPhone. However, you can see the information in iPhoto, Aperture, and other photo applications that support geotagging. First, go to SETTINGS on the iPhone, select GENERAL, and make sure that LOCATION SERVICES is turned on.
Take a few pictures, and then transfer them to iPhoto on your desktop or laptop Macintosh. Open one of the photos, move the mouse cursor to be on top of the photo, and click on the small “i” (meaning “information”) displayed in the lower right of the photo. That will display the location on Google Maps. You can select a map view, a satellite view, or a hybrid view of both.