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Tracking Your Tracks Using USB Key

  Posted at 02:41:28 PM
  File under  Gadgets GPS
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

For those of you who like to record your trips, on or off road, you can purchase a GPSGlobal Positioning System. Satellite based tracking device, that uses several satellites to position your exact location to within a few yards/meters accuracy. costing many 100's of dollars, or you can use Trackstick.

Trackstick GPS USB device
Trackstick GPS USB device
Trackstick Open link in a new window is a USB Key-like device, ie, a device that plugs into your computer's USB port. When you're not connected to your computer, you can record your position in real time.

The Trackstick carries between 1 and 4 Mb of flash memory, enough to store up to one month of tracks. The Trackstick is a GPS without all the "stuff" (like a monitor, buttons, antenna, etc). You switch it on, and it records where you are with GPS accuracy.

Trackstick GPS USB device

You decide at which intervals the device records; 5 seconds, 1 minute, 15 minutes. The 2 AAA batteries will last a week, so no fear of losing data on your ride. The device, continuously updated, records the exact route, stop times, speed and direction, among other valuable information .

Once your ride is finished, plug the Trackstick into your USB port and download the data. Then, you can upload the data to any of the GPS visualization programs on the web, like Google Earth, Google Maps or Mapquest (there are more).

Trackstick comes in 3 flavors;
  • Trackstick II, 1 week operation, 1 Mb of memory, US$ 175
  • Trackstick Super, (used by law enforcement), 1 month operation, 4 Mb of memory, US$ 209
  • Trackstick Pro, 5-24 Volt driven, 4 Mb of memory, US$ 209

Now you can show people that you did cross the Gobi desert on a motorcycle!

Click here to access the Trackstick site Open link in a new window

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