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i-gotU GPS travel logger review | Geotagging

Published on: Friday, September 18th 2009                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

USB GPS data logger cradle

USB GPS data logger cradle

USB connection

The i-gotU GT-100 GPS navigation receiver comes included with a so-called USB GPS data logger, a kind of cradle to connect the i-gotU with the computer and recharge it at the same time. The cradle's design is as neat as that of the GPS receiver itself, and the similarity with Apple products only becomes stronger when the i-gotU is placed inside the cradle. The USB connection is a 1.1 connection, unfortunately not the fastest although in practice I did not notice anything of it. Besides the i-gotU GT-100, there is also a GT-200 version available offering Bluetooth in addition to USB.

i-gotU software CD

i-gotU software CD

GPS software program

In addition to the i-gotU GPS receiver and I-gotU dock, a small software CD is included. This software CD lets you link the stored GPS information to the pictures in an extremely easy way. It lets you do so directly from the software program itself, use Google Maps or Google Earth to view the route and the captured pictures. The software is extremely user-friendly and beautifully designed. The manual and settings for the GPS receiver are also available to view and adjust through the software program. In order to change settings, the i-gotU receiver should be connected to the computer through the docking station.

 

Geotagging photos with the i-gotU

Geotagging photos with the i-gotU

Uploading pictures to Google Earth

Viewing of the passed route and the captured pictures on Google Earth and Google Maps is the icing on the cake. The i-gotU itself doesn't let you do too much with it, it's more like an aid to see on the computer where exactly you walked or drove the car. Upon connecting the i-gotU to the computer, you will be asked if the data should be uploaded. You can then upload the captured pictures directly to the software program. If you shot portraits, it might be wise to turn the pictures before the upload, because once uploaded to the software program it is no longer possible to turn the picture around.

Geotagging GPS travel recorder

Geotagging GPS travel recorder

Precision of the i-gotU GPS receiver

Having uploaded the route and pictures, these will automatically, and without delay, be projected onto Google Earth. I did find a few inaccuracies while viewing the captured pictures, for example of a field, but it was still acceptable for a GPS receiver in this price class. A nice addition is the possibility to play a kind of slideshow of the travelled route; an icon will track the entire route and show the pictures you made en route.

 

i-gotU travel logger

i-gotU travel logger

Sharing pictures via Picassa and Flickr

Gradually more people like to share information over the Internet with others. The i-gotU GPS travel logger enables sharing captured pictures and corresponding GPS information with others through popular web sites such as Picassa and Flickr. Via the software a demo is available that shows how easily you can make an export and thus share your pictures. Besides sharing pictures, the files can also be exported in various file formats.

GPS navigation device

GPS navigation device

i-gotU 230mAh Lithium-Ion battery

The i-gotU uses a 230mAh Lithium Ion battery for its energy. This battery is integrated in the device and can't be replaced, nor is this possible for a GPS receiver like this one. The battery holds for some 20 hours with a log interval of 15 seconds. The log interval can be adjusted through the software, between 1 and 60 seconds. It is standard set to 15 seconds. If you use the GPS receiver while walking, it is no problem to set the interval to a longer period of time. The longer the interval, the longer the battery lasts; if the interval is set to 60 seconds, the battery will last some 40 hours. This is a great performance for a device this size.

 
 
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