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So I got thinking,   if your sitting as a passenger on a train, boat, plane, car etc.  Wouldn't it be cool to be able to pickup the position of the vehicle your sitting in on your laptop/PDA.    I was thinking along the lines as the mapping displays that you get in some passenger aircraft but available on your device.

So imagine the scenario, you open your laptop while on a cruise etc.  and your laptop auto discovers the location service and you can use this to display a realtime map, or use the location of the vessel you are on for GeoTagging photos etc...   GPSD is a well established LINUX project doing just this.    I found out some information here -

http://gpsd.berlios.de/

It operates on TCP and UDP port 2947.   Adding auto-discovery seems like a great logical extension to this, I'm sure that's been thought about too, but I haven't got to that bit of the documentation.

I guess the trick would be to make this all extremely easy for the end user to use.

Time for a Windows port, and a small ship to install it on... :-)

posted on Monday, December 22, 2008 11:30 AM