Mar 20 2010



Well…. not really.  I recently returned home from 360|Flex in San Jose. I spoke at the conference along with Randy Troppmann about “Talking Satellite” where covered the subject of utilizing GPS data in Adobe Flex. We had a fairly good turnout for our talk and had some really good conversations before, during, and after. One of those conversations that was interesting happened between Randy and I at dinner the day before our presentation. I don’t remember the conversation exactly, but it went something like this…

Randy: It’s really interesting how limitless the ideas are when it comes to using GPS data.

Andrew: Absolutely! Your idea to start is a perfect example of that. When it started, you’re estimating distances by clicking on a map, but now you can just track the data, upload, and presto, a fully featured logging system for runners.

Randy: And it doesn’t even have to be a particularly in-your-face need. Look at Dan Florino who’s also speaking at the conference. He created and it became an internet sensation. I mean…I could track where my dog takes a crap, put up a website, and people might find it useful to find out where all the doggy hotspots are.

Andrew: Brilliant! Maybe I could add some heatmapping capabilities like we’re going to demo in our talk tomorrow so you could really see those “hotspots”. Maybe if we got enough people to upload their dog pooping spots, we could even track hotspots by breed, size, etc… The possibilities are endless.

If you’ve been following this blog, you know my startup, Swift Mako, is working on a new GPS tracking device called Swift GPS. I’ve recently completed an early prototype and in the last week, I’ve been able to integrate the battery system. Therefore, I can now “realize the dream” and take it on dog walks with me.

I give you…!