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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Dmags, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. Dmags

    Dmags Member
    Thread Starter

    Nov 25, 2009
    I was reading a artical in the May issue of Popular Science, pg.80. It is talking about using a GPS unit, a dashboard-mounted camera and special software that once downloaded to a computer can create a photographic record of a road trip.
    Basically the camera takes a picture at set intervals and links the GPS units position so when both units are downloaded to a computer you can then use Google Maps to show pictures taken during your trip.
    It seems to me that all the parts needed to do this already exist inside the Droid.
    Is there a app for this?


  2. Jceinc

    Jceinc Well-Known Member

    Mar 29, 2010
    Not sure but that does sound cool!
  3. XtremeAaron

    XtremeAaron Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Cleveland, Ohio
    This might be cool. I did a dash cam video and you can hear a txt message come through, plus less battery drain. Droid Dash Cam Test on Vimeo
  4. rhietpas

    rhietpas Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2010
    Grad Student
    Chicago, IL
    Sounds like an opportunity.
  5. Little Darwin

    Little Darwin Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2010
    Systems Analyst
    Wilkes-Barre, PA
    I don't know about other androids, but the Hero already has an option to geo-tag photos.

    All you need to do is write an app to send a click signal to the camera every once in a while... either on a timer, or set it up like a clapper. ;)
  6. Dmags

    Dmags Member
    Thread Starter

    Nov 25, 2009
    After posting my question, I spent some more time searching for an app that already exist that can do this. I ran across a app called "DailyRoads Voyager" in the Droid Market.
    this app does alot of what I was hoping for:
    1. preset snapshot frequency.
    2. video recording where the user can predefine how much memory to use before it begins to rewrite over the oldest recorded video, kind of in a loop.
    3. so far i've only been able to upload the pics and video to DailyRoads website, where you can set your privacy to private, friends, or everyone. this is in beta so it appears that there are more uploading options planned in the furture.

    So, this app so far is doing a good job. Here are some more improvements in this or anyother app that is doing a geo-tag for pics or videos.

    1. Allow the app to auto upload the photos or stream a video in realtime.
    2. Allow the upload to be sent to google maps.
    3. I'd like to see this type of app work so smooth that if I'm on a road trip, my wife or kids could pull up their google account and they could see a realtime map being generated as I drive with new pics or video being updated continually.

    Maybe this is too much to ask for? I'm not sure, I just know it would be really cool to have the ability.
  7. Thanks for mentioning DailyRoads Voyager! I am glad you consider it useful. We are continuously improving it, and your suggestions are welcome.

    One of our long-term goals, is to allow people to easily share their geotagged videos/photos, and your improvement suggestion #3 is pretty close to this. Currently videos are displayed on dailyroads.com one by one, and not in a sequence, so your family can't yet sit back and see where you are and what you've seen while driving. But, the app already allows automatic upload of photos and videos.

    As you've seen, there are other upload options planned for future versions. And when this will be implemented, the app will send the corresponding latitude/longitude for each uploaded video. If a video uploaded to Youtube has this geographic info attached, then it should appear on Google Maps, too.

    There are plenty of features planned, but right now we are focusing on making Voyager compatible with a wide selection of Android phones, running Android 1.5 or later. But, feel free to suggest other improvements, too.


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