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  1. AFKFest Video - Mitch Solomon shows off his lab car

    by , 10-19-2009 at 05:33 PM
    Mitch Solomon gives us a tour of his lab car at AFKfest 2009. You can see Mitch's gadgets in the store.
  2. Lilliput 7" Canadian Coast Guard Install

    by , 08-14-2009 at 12:37 PM
    Looking to equip your yacht or sailing vessel with a low cost display option? Maybe you want a cost effective solution and don't want to overpay just for the marine stamp on the prodct. You aren't alone. Mp3car outfitted the Canadian Coast Guard vessels with the $239 Lilliput 629 monitors earlier in the year and we thought we would share some photos. These monitors aren't specifically made for marine use, but they do the job in an enclosed wheel house.

    Updated 11-12-2009 at 05:23 PM by Heather

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  3. location based services (LBS) Double in 2009

    by , 07-09-2009 at 10:31 AM
    Gartner's new report shows location based services (LBS) subscribers and revenue are on pace to double in 2009. " LBS subscribers are forecast to grow from 41.0 million in 2008 to 95.7 million in 2009 while revenue is anticipated to increase from $998.3 million in 2008 to $2.2 billion in 2009"

    This hopefully means a lot more mass market technology will be able to leveraged for use in our mobile computing mash ups that happens in our forums. how do you think this explosion of services and users will impact the stuff our community has been doing? Will there be more tools and APIs for developers or are all these LBSs goign to be locked down to specific devices or carriers? Talk about this on our forums here.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:10 PM by optikalefx

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  4. Community Generated Map Data - Passive Vs. Active / Teleatlas Vs. Openstreetmaps

    by , 06-25-2009 at 11:14 AM


    There has been a lot of discussion about community generated maps. Cloudmade and openstreetmap have made immense progress, but their big drawback is that it required active user input to have the data be routable or reliable. Teleatlas has jumpstarted community generated maps by releasing a paid passively generated database that has been created and augmented by free passive user inputs. (teleatlas press release )

    In this Youtube interview Rik Temmink boasts 7 million reports in 18 months which have generated 1 trillion gps measurements on the road network. He describes the beauty of passive user inputs.
    The big drawback here is that Teletlas is now charging for these maps generated by their users. Why can't we hack our PDAs, phones, and other devices to create free maps? Most people don't think about the super high costs of map data. Hopefully the community can unite:

    • Collecting and sharing GPS data
    • Writing an algorithm to process this data into routable and usable information
    • Cleaning up open source algorithms to use this new data
    • Make the data free and globally available

    There are a lot of business and innovation blocks created when you have a monopoly of map data providers(Teleatlas/Navteq). How do we fix this?

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:12 PM by optikalefx

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  5. Via makes ivp-7500 automotive platform? Hmmm. We think Not.

    by , 06-25-2009 at 09:00 AM
    Back in march VIA announced the new automotive ivp-7500 (press release ). The announcement got some press from slashgear , crunchgear and has spurred discussions on our forums . Via claims onboard support for Bluetooth and GPS, which in all reality appear to just be add on modules. It seems like VIA took an off the shelf board, slapped on a few modules and rebranded old tech to create the appearance of an automotive solution. This might be perfect for a hobbyist or an R&D lab but you can forget about auto provider shipping silicone with a 0c-60c spec. If someone from VIA would like to explain the press release in more details, please post on the forums or e-mail us. We would be happy to write some revised commentary if there is something we are missing. Talk about this Blog post on our forums.


    Continue discussion here on our forums.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:12 PM by optikalefx

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