Playing with new toys while running.


I’ve recently started using a Raspberry Pi that one of my mates acquired as a mobile Linux platform for testing some of my somewhat random location based software.

Here’s how my new toy works:

The Raspberry Pi (RPi) gets the location from the GPS attached to a usb port.  This is then coded into a standard string of numbers and sent as a text message to my computer at home, waiting to receive the GPS data.

My web server then reads the encoded number string and decodes it to a decimal location and places a point on the map.  Using some of the cool tools that come with google maps you can then join the dots.  Each point on the map was a text message that was sent.

It’s not the most optimal solution but it was fun to do.

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