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Shipping is moving right along and on schedule

Shipping is moving right along and on schedule

The GPS Cookie project has been one of some challenges and many rewards.

We had a 3-4 week delay caused by the GPS module not being available.   A few days on the phone chasing down the U-Blox distributor and we were back on schedule.

Here are the boards ready for testing and shipping to the backers.

Open Source, Arduino UNO compatible

The GPS Cookie and Sandwich are based on open source designs.  All information including schematics and software will be provided once the Kickstarter project is complete.  Use the GPS Tracker and data logger right out of the box with the installed code or write your own custom firmware that is only limited by your imagination.

Arduino compatible design.  Write your own programs or use the one that comes pre-installed.

Arduino compatible design. Write your own programs or use the one that comes pre-installed.

Record Time, Date, Location, Speed and other useful information.

Record Time, Date, Location, Speed and other useful information.

Need to know how fast you were going? How about where you went while on tour or vacation? Here is a great way to record all your travel history.

Just like the more expensive GPS tracking devices on the market, the GPS Cookie and GPS Sandwich will log the route information from all your travels.  The data opens directly in Google Earth and plots your route history within its 3D maps.

Disney

Here is a drive by of Disney Animation on Buena Vista Blvd.

 

 

It’s a good thing that I was traveling below the speed limit for this example.  With the GPS Cookie, you will be able to know exactly how fast your vehicle was going at all times.

Data opens directly in Google Earth

All GPS data is recorded in industry standard NMEA-0183 GPS streams.  These text based files will open directly in Google Earth or any other program that accepts this universal format.

 

Here is a sample of the log file.  You can download it HERE. Once you unzip it, open Google Earth, go “tools”, “GPS” and select “import from file”.  Select this file and it will open on a Google Earth map.

Or you can view it in notepad or textedit as shown below:

GPS Log

 

Once the data is open in Google Earth, the entire route history can be viewed.

Collected data includes:

  • Date and time of recording (GMT)
  • Location
  • Heading
  • Speed
  • Altitude
  • and more

 

View on Google Earth 3D Maps

Hollywood Tour

Everyone loves Google Earth mapping. Here is a tour I took through Hollywood. You can see Disney, Warner Brothers and Universal Studios here on the map.

The GPS Cookie

The GPS Cookie

The GPS Cookie contains a GPS receiver, Arduino compatible micro controller and SD card reader.  It will log the location, time and date, speed, heading and altitude as you travel.  It records the data in standard NMEA-0183 sentences for compatibility with all mapping programs.  Files can easily be opened in Google Earth and viewed instantly.

 

 

The GPS Sandwich

The GPS Sandwich

Same great taste, different shape!

 

For those of you that like the more traditional look of the square circuit board, we created the GPS Sandwich.  It is electronically identical to the GPS Cookie but in the square shape.  You can a leave a trail of crumbs with the product that you prefer.

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