this is my work day commute, as logged by a qstarz q1000p data logger boman got for me. i was looking for a device i could take with me on a drive or hike, and be able to mark spots i could come back to. boman found this device after much research — the q1000p does just what i was looking for. it has a slider switch to change modes (off, nav, and log). it has one button, which marks the current location as a POI (point of interest). you take it out with you, then eventually return home to dump the data into your computer. the included software comes with a gui tool which has a google mashup built in, which overlays the gps data on top (see above). sometimes it can take a while to get a good gps signal, which can be annoying. but once it’s locked you just throw it in your backpack and forget about it.
this satellite view shows me driving into work (blue line), parking, then walking into the left building. the pink line shows me leaving work, stopping by the gas station, then heading towards the freeway to go home.
gps data is weird stuff.
hopefully i will remember to take this device with me on drives and be able to easily return to spots i discover.