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Neat new toy...

Yesterday I finally gave into temptation and bought myself an Emtac Bluetooth GPS.



I've already got it working with MapPoint on the new tablet (so that'll be fun for San Francisco next week). I'm very impressed with the Toshiba Bluetooth utilities, which made connecting the GPS trivial. I just had to remember the default passkey for Emtac GPS systems - it's 0183 if I ever forget in the future!

The next task is to get it working with my iPaq - at least when it's not using the iPaq's power supply!

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saffronrose
Sep. 1st, 2004 11:56 am (UTC)
I want to see that giazmo!
sbisson
Sep. 1st, 2004 12:49 pm (UTC)
I'll try and remember it on Monday!
neilf
Sep. 1st, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC)
The iPaq should be a doddle. The app to go for is GPS Tuner. It costs but it's the best of the bunch. For maps, the Memory Map software seems to be the best behaved, but again, not cheap. If you have Pocket Streets, that should work too.

And when you get it all working in the car you'll need one of the multi-way fag lighter adapters (Halfords is best for those, do 'em in 3 and 4 way).

Having played with all of this with ours, shout if you want any further info. I think may have even kept notes :-)

- Neil.
marypcb
Sep. 1st, 2004 04:03 pm (UTC)
I recommended the EMTAC because it did so much better in tests than the Socket I looked at; I do like how binary GPS usually is. Either you've got a great signal, or you're invisible. I've only once found the house cruising down the street at 20 feet an hour due to not acquiring enough satellites to be Really Sure.
neilf
Sep. 2nd, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)
We've had fun with the Fortuna BT unit. Seems to work well most of the time. Throws the occasional wobler in Central London but that's only to be expected, too many tall buildings.

For non-BT, I have to say I absolutely adore my Geko 201s, tiny but functional. Not that they've seen much use recently :-(

Maybe I should resurrect the idea of logging coffee shops all over the planet....

- Neil.
drpete
Sep. 2nd, 2004 01:39 am (UTC)
Bluetooth gps is fun! I use TomTom navigator in the car with the TomTom bluetooth GPS and my ipaq, and it all works beautifully. The gps manages satellite lock whilst the car is still in the garage, which is pretty impressive...
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