GPS Locator??

My brother and I are currently working on an air launcher projectile.  It is highly likely that it could go .5 to 1.5 miles.  We have the ability to test at this distance, however locating this costly projectile is likely to be difficult.  We have looked into gps trackers, however the cheapest one that would actually work was 500 dollars and if we had that kind of money we wouldn't need a gps tracker on the thing in the first place.  I just wondered if there was a quick and dirty way to make a short range locator.  I have heard of little bluetooth tracking stickers, but I wasn't quite sure if that would work to find a 1 foot long projectile in a square mile field.  This locator needs to be extremely shock resistant, fit in a container 7" by 1.5" and must weigh a minimal amount. We also are looking hopefully below 100 @most 150 dollars. 

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GPS on a Netbook

So, I finally picked a netbook, ended up with an Eee PC 1016P (not pictured). Well, I bought it two weeks ago, but the magic of UPS math meant that 3-day shipping took a week, so it arrived at home the day after I went back to school. Point is... The thing seems like a great candidate to install a GPS module, given its size and battery life. In a topic from my young(er) and stupid(er) days, LasVegas suggested I get a Holux GR 213, which wasn't helpful three and a half years ago, but is now. I guess my real question is, what are my options? I'd like to come as close as I can to replicating the Garmin Nuvi 350 I've been using, but I'm also stingy. I've seen packages of software and antenna for $100 or more, but I'm thinking more like $30-$40 for the antenna and free software, if it exists.

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Mod a Magellan GPS

So I recently got my hands on a Magellan Roadmate 6000t car GPS unit. It's pretty nice, and has a touch screen as well as tactile buttons on the sides of the screen. I don't really have any use for it as a navigation unit, since I know my city VERY well, so I am looking into making it into some sort of pda/minicomputer type of thing. Maybe not even for the Internet, just music, photos, etc. However, there is a catch. Whenever I turn it on, it shows a blue screen. This may be because it is run on Windows Mobile, and it has been disrupted, or because of a hardware failure. But when I connect it to a computer, nothing shows up. So I'm looking for ideas on what to do and HOW. Also, I have a Creative Zen Vision W that I think I might want to put win mobile or something similar on, but the GPS is the first priority. So, any ideas?

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Cheap GPS Unit

Where can I find an incredibly basic GPS? I am looking for bare minimum, something that just showed its location or that had an LED that got brighter as you got closer to an entered point. I am just trying to determine if simplistic GPS units are still available amidst the flurry of moving map, full-color, talking, computerized models with built-in A/C and a fridge. I would like to get into Geocaching, and just have a cheap GPS, but the cheapest ones I can find are still LCD screens with moving maps that cost $200. I'm hoping for well under $100, but I'm not holding out. I'm a geeky high schooler with no budget to speak of.

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How to attach gps to network?

Hello All, I am Robert i am doing phd and fro that i have to make an project of which one is gps detection. Now query is:- I have an gps device how do i connect it to net and see where my car to which i have attached the gps device is presently at and on which route is it going? Please help

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a car gps what can we make with one?

 

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how do i unlock a garmin nuvi gps?

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GPS Receiver No Cell Network Tracking Service Needed ?

Is it possible to buy a GPS Receiver that can transmit its coordinates directly to a smart phone with special software without using a Cell Network service ? No data logging is needed. No SIM Card since not using Cell Network. Thanks

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CRIUS GPS module not sensitive anymore. Any ideas? Answered

It's been awhile since I have messed around with my quadcopter. However, the weather was really nice yesterday and I decided to go for a bit of a flight. Just about EVERYTHING on my quadcopter was messed up. To the point it was unflyable. Some reason my CRIUS GPS module simply stopped working as well as it used to. It still works, but instead of taking a few seconds to get a lock, with 7-9 satellites detected, it seems to take 5 to 10 minutes with only 4-5 satellites. All the while it is acquiring a lock, my battery is draining with the ESCs on standby and the gimbal motors drawing an amp or two. The ceramic square top seems to have been coated with a metal square, and that is scratched off in one corner and showing areas of damage. I thought this is just cosmetic damage, but is that actually damage to the antenna? I don't know much about GPS RF voodoo. How do these GPS antennas work?

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how to integrate a dash monut GPS with car stock FM radio and speaker system?

I like to use my car speakers  with my dash mount GPS. Is there anyway GPS announcements can be made thru the speaker system while the radio is on playing  either by fading the music or by temporarily interrupting it.. The GPS has a headphone jack output and a USB port and it is bluetooth enabled. I am thinking that a sound activated FM transmitter with an integrated  sound activated switch might do the trick. Any suggestions or solutions?

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Help with Geomate Jr. ?

My first instructable would be to turn my Geomate jr. into a paper weight or door stop as the company (Apishere)has gone belly up! Does anyone know how to put geocache coordinates into the device. The software they provided doesn't work. I guess the problem I'm having is to get LOC files off of geocaching.com and into the device. I can use either chrome or MS Internet explorer. or Are there any tech savvy makers that can hack this device in other ways?

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GPS based Camera Tracker

I just wanted to check with the community out there to see if anyone knows of a good place to start building a tracking system that is GPS based.  essentially, a person or object will wear a gps device and there will be one placed on a camera gimbal.  I am hoping to create a way for an arduino to do the math so that the camera stays fixed on the target no matter where the target / camera moves. Any thoughts??

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Arduino GPS Tracker Help?

Hey guys, I'm using a arduino uno r3, an adafruit ultimate gps shield, and a 16gb SD card. I have the Adafruit GPS Library and the "friendlier" SD library which is in the details for the shield online. Whenever I try to use any programs on the arduino and shield at all, it says: Ultimate GPSlogger Shield Card init. failed! Any way to fix this so I can start receiving and logging the GPS data?

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GPS tracker for a kid watch

Hello everyone ;  I want to do a watch to track kids with GPS , And I want to know what kind of GPS tracker I will use , the approximate price of the project , or any other information that can  help me  .  And thanks :) ^-^

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water capsule with a gps camera

Im trying to build a water capsule that would have a gps and a camera in it. i need it to transmit the picture and the location back to my computer. everything would recharge with solar panels. our goal is for it to go around the world. does anyone have any recommendations or advice or maybe even some ideas for stuff we can add on?

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how to get mobile gps details like id,gps number,chip details ?

Is this possible to find the stolen mobile by using mobile gps details ?

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Send GPS data from smartphon to module GPS connect to arduino

Hello, I want to know, If i can send data GPS from my smartphone to anathor GPS module EM-506 connect to Arduino or raspberry pi. Thank you

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Arduino GPS/GLONASS/Beidou Receiver

Http://hackaday.com/2014/01/17/20-gpsglonassbeidou-receiver/ This Arduino board with GPS/GLONASS/Beidou looks interesting. What is the advantage of having GLONASS or Beidou? Although my phone only has GPS, but seems works quite well finding places.

Topic by tinkerboy9 


GPS Repeater from a Hacked Wirelss Router?

Hi all. I'm building a GPS Repeater. I'm wondering if any one has ever tried to use the LNA on the Xmit side of a wireless router to amplify and re-radiate a GPS signal? I'm still in the research stage, but I'm thinking I can take the signal from a active GPS USB patch antenna, tie it into the LNA input on the RX side of a wireless router (hack all signals in the router- we are just interested in the power and signal input). Schematics to a router would be great. I have 10+ years in RF, so I know that the Xmit on a router is so not 1.5GHZ range like GPS. A few mods to some componets can ceratinly help turn the center freq of the Xmit. on the router.   What are your thoughts?

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does anyone know how to connect this cirocomm gps module ? Answered

There is  a 8 pins connector with no indication at all  :-(

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Is their any ways to hack my old nissan gps system?

I dont know what I could do with it. I just dont use the gps so I wanted to see if their was anything I could make it in to.

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gps transmitter chip + tracking software (google maps) possible?

Is it possible to purchase a gps transmitter chip (smallest possible battery) and have it "upload" its locations in real time on google maps? chip and power source should be as small and thin as possible to fit in envelopes or packages.

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USB GPS module tracking with custom application? Answered

I am working on getting some data acquisition integrated with a mini Baja car we're working on, and I would like to be able to track position with GPS, and hopefully speed too, but thats secondary to trying to track position. I'm going to mount a tablet netbook in the dash of the vehicle; can I use a USB GPS module, something like this:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=58-179-009&SortField;=0&SummaryType;=0&Pagesize;=10&PurchaseMark;=&SelectedRating;=-1&VideoOnlyMark;=False&VendorMark;=&IsFeedbackTab;=true&Page;=2#scrollFullInfo My main concern is it looks like these are made to work as Sat Navs with Microsoft Streets and Trips.  Instead, is there a way to just obtain the position data directly with custom software and record it either as a spreadsheet or graph, or even just something like a comma separated text file? I don't know anything about programming, so I will be finding a programmer to help me out, but I was wondering if this is the best way to go about this or are there gps modules made for this type of application? Thanks!

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GPS Navman---Open street maps.org-Can they load onto a navman S45 series?

Hi, I know that sd cards wil lload up and work in the Garmin GPS units. Will there work on a Navman s45 series GPS, sold in Australia? regards Colincolin30

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Idea: GPS sorta based off Access Points

Ok, here is what ive been wanting to create for awhile now and i know ill never have the smartness to build it myself so i thought it throw it out to the crowd Basically ive had in mind is a GPS program that works on any WifI device (laptop or WiFi mobile phone) and it use's triangulation from the signal strengths of three Access Points to tell you where you are at the moment The reason for this is is that at my Uni, i always see people getting lost because its so massive! and some people just can't read maps ( funny, i know) So if there was a program that used Access Points (there thousands of those in my uni) to pin point where you are Some basic Questions i guess - Which programming laungage? (Java?) - Can signal strength be broken down into small categories rather than Excellent, Very Good, Good, Poor - from that, would each Access Point have its own meters per unit estimate? This is probably silly of me to post this here because now someone else can create it (or if they have, someone link me haha) and call it their own :S Cheers Oily

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Is there any way to reset or an inside fuse to change on a TomTom navigation device? GPS 300?

The device was connected in reverse polarity. Pilot light is on but all else is dead.

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can i hook up my gps charger to where my battery is supose to be

I have a junk gps that dont charge anymore so i have been playing around with it trying to hardwire the charger into it is there a way i can hook the charger straight to my battery? the battery is 5v and i wana put it in my car wich is 12v obviously.... im new to this so is there someone who can explain what to do and why? if i need more info just tell me and ill find it out

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is it possible to integrate GPS to a flash drive?

I was wondering whether if i was to take a normal flash drive, and take out the gps reciever from a tomtom lets say, would i be able to integrate the two together and have the flash drive use the gps in order to locate the device??

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Have broken NUVI 1450 GPS. Can I take it apart and use the GPS inside for another project?

I would like to reuse the GPS chip and perhaps other parts from a NUVI 1450 GPS that has a broken screen.  Anyone opened one of these or similar GPS up and can give me an idea of what to look for (chip, antenna, etc.)  Wojld be breat to get pictures, circuit diagram, etc.  Thanks Kriss

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Designing a micro GPS tracking device

Hello all, could anyone give me some insight to how complex the process of designing a very small GPS tracker which could be used to track lets say a person, which can post its co-ords to map software which is custom programmed etc in realtime. Hypothetical scenario: 1) Tracking someone who is on the move outdoors, only has very small pockets to fit the thing in.  2) The device must send co-ords to mapping software on a computer every 10 seconds maybe. 3) Someone can view there position on the map software in instantly to understand their exact position. Also how expensive would the whole process cost to manufacturer roughly? Thanks in advance and sorry for the vagueness in my question

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How should I do to solve the problem of GPS data not received? Answered

I installed GPS module, MicroSD card, OLED, and Arduino Uno board. After upload the code to the board, the result just show zero value. Does it has a problem with my GPS module? How to fix this issue? Thank you in advance for your help. Your help is greatly appreciated

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Need HELP in identifying items on a GPS unit's circuit board

I need to put items back onto this circuit board that came off. Just want to know what they are. In the picture below, they are shown with the arrow. One is a cylinder with "671 220 50z" written on it. The other is just a tiny rectangle with a solder connection on each end. My unit won't connect with satellites and I'm wondering if these that somehow came disconnected have something to do with it.

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PDA help.

I have recently bought a Nexian GPS module for my Visor Pro PDA. Unfortunatly, it didn't come with mapping software. Anyone know of a site where I can find it?

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Road Speed limit project

Hello, I'ts my first post here, so dont get mad if it's not the right subforum for this topic. I would just like some ideas/opinions for my project, because maybe I am forgetting something in addition to i am new with arduino the idea is a device that tracks a car's speeds and omits a message to the driving control authority, in case the car exceeds the speed limit. so What I am trying to build,is a Speed limit notification system that can sense my location and speed using GPS then compare it to defined speed for the current road using algorithm then send data over GSM network to my webserver or mobile phone warning me if i exceed the speed limit . What I need to achieve (and my plans to do so) are: 1. Arduino Uno 2. GPS module  http://www.zeroohm.ae/Adafruit-Ultimate-GPS-Breakout-66-channel-10-Hz-updates-Version-3?search=gps 3. GSM shield for network connection or sms sending http://www.zeroohm.ae/Arduino-GSM-Shield-2-integrated-antenna?search=gsm 4. GSM + GPS shield (Replace 2 and 3 ) http://www.waveshare.com/phone-shield-sim908.htm 5. so i will defined  maybe two or three roads using this techniques and define any speed i want http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=136265.0 Is these parts good ? is it ok to connect GPS module through gsm shield to Arduino ? or replace both with one shield (GPS and GSM ) I'm working on this project alone, maybe I have missed something, maybe theres a better solution for something, maybe someone else has some great ideas they are willing to share, regarding this idea and how to pull it off. Thanks all and sorry about my english

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Navigation using gps on raspberry pi

I want make robot that displays maps, when we mark a destination on the maps, it goes to that destination using gps on raspberry pi, how do I implement it thank you

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Google Earth: How to open facing a chosen destination? Answered

Google earth opens with the globe turning to face the USA. I would prefer changing this to Europe, or when on vacation, to face my temporary location.  Is this possible?

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GPS reciever from cell phone!

Okay, i just got back from an air force base on a extremely classified training mission. but while i was there i learned a little known fact about a device that almost EVERYONE has in there pockets right now! well let me first tell you about a law that was passed somewhere between 2000-2005 that states " all cellular devices produced after this date must have a Global Positioning Service "GPS" device/module installed". so all post millennium cell phones have GPS in them and enabled for mostly federal uses. Your cellphone service providers such as Verizon have barely caught on to the trend and realized that since they already have a virtually unused GPS device inside why not utilize it? so they added a GPS service to it. thought not bug free, it is and amazing device for its size. it can give you position, speed, and altitude! so my question is as follows... how in the heavens can we "extract" and "utilize" this chip from our old our spare cell phones? this is possible but how? possibly paired with and Arduino? if anyone has a degree in engineering or a local library and the ingenuity to reverse engineer a mobile device, then the possibilities are endless! this is up to you instructables community!

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Vibromotors and GPS turn by turn navigation

Hello, for one of my university courses I have to develop a prototype that give turn by turn signals to a person by means of vibromotors. First I would like to say that my background is mechanical and I have no idea whatsoever of electronics or software. My full Idea (Don't know if feasable) is to use the turn by turn information of a smatphone navigator that uses GPS (like the one of google maps) to activate one of two vibromotors, there would be one vibromotor on the right arm and the other on the left, if a next turn is needed to be made (info from the navigator) a signal will be send to the the motor on the left arm, It will vibrate and let the user know that this next turn needs to be done. I need urgent help since I don't know which components I may need and how to develop the software or anything I will appreciate any hint.

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GPS question: Swapping a SirfstarII chipset with a SirfstarIII chipset

Does anyone know if it's possible to swap out a GPS chipset with a different one? I have a broken GPS with a SirfstarIII chipset, and I also have a Pharos iGPS-360. The Pharos uses a sirfstarII chipset, which really blows. So is it possible to swap out the SiftstarII with the Sirfstar III?

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Antenna Tracker Pointer using GPS

I want to build a systems that can point a directional antenna to a known set of GPS coordinates, because if the base unit with the antenna knows it GPS location and then can have the know data of another directional antenna's GPS coordinated either via Google Earth File or a spread sheet or long/lat's or via another method....also I would like this system to be able to track a UAV or R/C plane/copter as the DIY antenna trackers do as I have seen on R/C forums and You-tube. the initial request is what I desire first....I want to go out into a field and set up this tripod mounted Pan/tilt mechanism with mounted directional antenna(s) and point it to the closest fix antenna of known coordinates, automatically.

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What can I do with an old Gps?

I have an old Garmin Nuvi 770. I got it for free. The people at the shop say the computers messed up. The touchscreen probably still works. What can I do with it? 

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is any GPS module that supports Rinex (receiver independant format) output for post processing ?

Is any GPS module that supports Rinex (receiver independant format) output for post processing of phase  or pseudo codes ? i need to log binary observation data of these modules then change their format to RINEX that can be post process for precise coordinate calculations.?

Question by gzamir 


Want to build DIY GPS GSM watch or compact emergency kit?

Hi All, I want to build GPS GSM wrist watch that is handy and easy to use in case of emergency even if mobile is not with the person. In case if a person is in need due to any reason, then he or she can just press panic button and watch will send sms to 5 contacts (if possible) along with GPS location as google maps URL. My concern is easy to access, should be neat and clean (so that no one thinks it is something else) during security checks, and what if internet is not available? Is there any such other method of tracking approximate location? I am comfortable with Arduino programming. I looked for individual GSM 808 or other components (Amazon India) and found them to be costly. Please help me on this.

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How can I track my car GPS position on home PC?

Hi, I got GPS fitted in the car. Is there any way I can trace my car position on my computer screen at home?. For example, while I'm driving on the road, Is there any way my family members can see my car position moving in real time on Google maps. If yes what sort of hardware or softwares required. I would appreciate any pointer or help. Thanks in advance. Kevin

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Can I build a gps tracking device small enough to fit into other electronics?

I just bought a house and I have heard some troublesome things about the nearby neighbors. I was wondering if it would be possible to build and wire in a gps tracking device into my electronics (TVs, Comp, Monitor, ect...). I have looked all over online no one makes one. I would like to wire it in direct from the power source inside the tv or what ever all have 110v-120v direct feed. I am good with wiring soldering ect just dont know much about gps and circuit boards but would be willing to give it a try or pay someone to do it for me. Thanks,      Jonathan

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Reinstalling GPS Drivers During Hardboot on o2 XDA Zest phone to out of box factory settings

Hi, I use my old o2 xda zest phone evey day as it has an usefull inbulit gps system that i use for navigating the roads that i'm unfamiliar with.  I feel the gps drivers may have become corrupt as the phone tends freeze for a few momentst until a strong satellite signal is received.  I want to return the phone back to its original just out of box factory setting by hardbooting the phone. Before i begin  I want to ask!  If i hardboot my windows mobile xda zest phone are the drivers for the inbult gps receiver automatically installed during the hardboot or will i need to down load them from the web later to install them?.  Im asking since i dont want to perform a full hardboot to discover my gps drivers on my phone have been lost forever !  Have you hardbooted your xda phonein the past.  please let me know. Thanks for replies in advance.

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