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Old 04-13-2008, 08:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello!

I recently switched from Alltel to T-Mobile. I got a Pearl with an unlimited data plan.

I'm about to go on a 1000mi motorcycle ride. My family is nervous about the trip, as the route will involve a lot of of interstate and some big cities. I'd like to let them observe my position in near real-time over the web.

I know the Pearl doesn't have GPS built in. I have a GPS receiver that will stream NMEA data out via USB. Also, I know there's a way for the phone to determine a rough location (not GPS) as the Google Maps application does it.

As far as a web interface goes, I have a webserver and am a web developer. I could easily set up a page that displays GPS track data, if I can find a way to get it there.

If I can get the Pearl to take a GPS location from my receiver or determine a rough location, and then visit, every few seconds, http://www.mysite.com/?lat=xxxx&long=yyyy with the lat/long being plugged into xxxx and yyyy in the address, I can figure out the rest on my server.

Hopefully, though, there is software out there that makes this simple.

I guess I don't really know what's out there and if this is possible.

If you folks have any ideas, please let me know!
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Old 04-13-2008, 08:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i think you have to use bluetooth for the GPS, not the USB (not 100% on that, but 95%). You can however use a program called mobileGmaps (check the gps section here) to upload your position every x amount of time to a website where they can check your progress.
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Old 04-13-2008, 08:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It may take all the "fun" out of it but why not just send them a MMS with a pic of the location you're at every now and then. Or, even easier just give them a call. Much simpler I'd say....
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Look at BlackBerryTracker. You install the application to the BB, and your "audience" can tack you real time via the website.

Meanwhile the photo suggestion would be cool to. Get a Flickr.com account, and when you take a photo, you can email it to the flickr site for all too see.
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