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PhotoGPS Isn't What Was Previewed at PMA '07
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Dan Zemke
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« on: September 25, 2008, 07:08:22 PM »

Jobo not only removed the Sirf III chip, they removed the local processing that converts raw satellite data into useful information.  This "solution" requires you to use their host to process the raw satellite data into standard GPS coordinates.

"To complete the geotagging process the captured data needs to be run through the Geotate software and servers, to identify the actual location."

To be fair, this quote did not come from Jobo, it came from a review site.  But given that Jobo has not provided any technical detail that I was able to find, it seems plausible.

http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/news/news.phtml/17919/18943/jobo-photogps-brings-geotate-accessory.phtml

Geotate's marketing pitch is that by offloading the GPS coordinate calculations to their host, you won't have to suffer with slow GPS capture times or excessive battery drain.  But slow and excessive need some context.

Here's an example of a GPS logger I acquired a few months ago.  It can log GPS coordinates every second for over 12 hours on a set of 3 AAA batteries) and since it is continuously logging, there is no startup time.  I don't find it slow or excessive for battery use.  I do find it attractive that it doesn't lock me in to a remote service provider and costs about half as much money.

http://www.semsons.com/amaggpsdalos1.html

I'm seriously disappointed and underwhelmed,

Dan
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