As most of you know, lately I have been writing about GPS logging apps for the iPhone for biking, running, sailing, or whatever. But what if we do not have the iPhone or we have the ipod touch? Are we doomed to look on in envy as you iPhone users get to wallow in GPS self satisfaction? Well, for now, yes, but not much longer!
Enter the scene; iGPS360 and xWave’s xGPS project.
This has been a long running project to take a separate GPS module and connect it to the iPhone/iPod; app project which started before the iPhone3G came out. Based on the noise I’m hearing through the interwebs, they should have a complete solution ready for purchase before the end of October.
So far, I have not be able to determine if any of the GPS logging apps will work with this device, and I have an email in to Orange Gadgets to find out, but if not, I will write each of the authors I know who have apps out there and try to get the ball rolling. Worst case scenario would be to have the xGPS app store lat/long/eve/time points in a file on the iphone. From there it would be pretty easy to convert to GPX format and upload to google maps. As I learn more, I’ll update here.
Information on the hardware from orange gadgets can be found here.
Included with the GPS module is a 6ft USB-A to micro USB-B cable for on-the-go or at home charging. With this cable you will be able to charge your iPhone or iPod touch while the module is plugged into your handheld device. A suitable USB car charger, USB wall charger or USB desktop/laptop port is required for this functionality (not included).
The price of the module will be $75.00 + shipping and this price includes the USB cable.
We are currently gearing up for full-scale production of the module. You can sign up for one on our pre-order list here.
Information on the xGPS software can be found here.