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    There is a ham radio technology that does this. My friend alternates using it between his car and his boat. It uses a ham technology called APRS and a device known as a Tiny Trak II that converts GPS NMEA output to the packet radio protocol required to transmit the information.

    The position information is transmitted via a ham radio (he says this is about $100) and you can then locate the device on findu.com. Here is his current position: find u.com

    You may find that he's had the device turned off and thus there are no positions, or you may see that it's in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay -that means it's on his boat. I've seen it where he's got a map and a satellite photo of the current position on this page. The most recent time I checked, it was a photo of his house and driveway, where the car was parked.

    From http://nwaprs.org/aprsinfo.htm:

    "An APRS system typcially consists of a computer (PC or Macintosh color system), a TNC (take your pick), and a radio (HT, mobile, desktop) operating on VHF or HF, or both. A mobile APRS system is complemented with a GPS (one with data output). Routine updates in position are transmitted over the air, and show up as moving symbols on a map. This is similar to commercial systems found in rental or high priced cars, yet different because the information is transmitted over the air and displayed on computers running APRS. Fixed APRS stations with internet connectivity can also log onto one of several regional or worldwide APRS databases to see APRS in action around the globe."
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    Quote Originally Posted by brady
    I am partway through an application that will do this as long as you have an internet connection. You can use WINC with access points or your cellphone. It logs your movement and sends it to a server I have created. I am probably going to create a web service so you can grab the data and do what you want with it if you can program. I am also going have another client that you can use on your desktop computer to grab the information from my web service and display it. It will probably end up having travel log features and such but we'll see.

    Do you have any idea when that will be done>?
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    I'm not real sure on that because I don't know how much homework I will have before spring break. I am hoping to have a beta within a few weeks. I have the car client and server almost done. I will be starting the desktop client pretty soon. My hope is that with the desktop client you will be able to click whichever day on a calander and select what day you want to get information on. I don't know how I am going to do real-time yet because of the issue with maps. Unless I can figure out how to use the Google maps with it...
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    any updates on this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WebDog
    any updates on this?
    I am still working on it. I am still in the proccess of creating the database and haven't had much time to work on it. It sounds like my spring break trip is being cancelled so I'll have plenty of time in the near future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brady
    I am still working on it. I am still in the proccess of creating the database and haven't had much time to work on it. It sounds like my spring break trip is being cancelled so I'll have plenty of time in the near future.
    Bummer about your trip, YAY about the program.
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    Co-Pilot Live 8 does this I believe.

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    i was thinkin something like a instant messenger connection type thing between a group of friend so you kno where your friends are out and about
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    Just letting you know that I am about done with the server (I have all of the database stuff working.) So that means the beta will be out soon.
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    Is the beta out??? I am more than willing to work with you on this if you like. I know the folloing languages PHP, coldfusion, .NET, perl
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