GPS/Sat Nav

By September 19, 2015 Read More →

Strike Hands Free car cradle

vlcsnap-error122There are are couple of things that will become obvious about the Strike Alpha Cradle when you consider it for your in car docking solution. Some good, some bad. There is still no perfect solution and there likely never will.

The Strike Alpha Cradle is a well constructed and sturdy phone holder. This is evident as soon as you touch it. If you are dedicated to your phone and want the most serious solution then this is the one to be looking at. The combination of features and design is second to none.

This brings us to the crossroads of how far do you take something. Back in the late 90′s cars were being fitted with holders that latched onto the dashboard and specifically designed for particular phones. If you had a work/business phone then this was the norm. A nokia phone mount was in nearly all fleet cars in the UK. Eventually this was done away with as mobile phones became more popular and everyone had one. Apple and Blackberry become more popular in the business world and the phone cradle had to be more flexible. People changed their phone yearly or even 6 monthly and an expensive install of a phone holder gave way to a suction cup and a cheaper universal holder from Ebay.

Strike cater to all desires. Offering suction mounts, dash mounts, hard wiring solutions, NFC or Bluetooth integration. It is hard to measure the fast charge capabilities of the mount and some might be a little confused between fast charge compatibility and the super fast charging terminology used here. There will even be a wireless charger compatible version available in the future.

Are a mount there are a lot of options and out of the box this performs well. There are a few liberties that work out for the best. The USB connector is a welcome one, whilst it might not suit everyone it suits me as I would be plugging this into an already existing USB cable and there was a little extra cable to play with. The signal booster cable wasn’t terribly useful as I am unable to find a use for it or even a fitment to install in the car to accommodate it.

Strike are treading a line between specific build and universal fitting. It’s a dangerous one but for someone picking up a particular phone, a Samsung Galaxy for example and knowing that they will be keeping it for the 24 months of a contract then this a good choice as it is a well build and a very convenient design. If you are likely to be looking for a new phone after 6 months and are not the type to stay loyal to a manufacturer then there is little to recommend here unless you have money to burn.

Strike Alpha Cradle for Samsung Galaxy Xcover is available RRP GBP is £84.99.

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By September 12, 2015 Read More →

Garmin combine Satnav and Dashcam in the nüviCam

image001Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. has launched the nüviCam, the first portable navigation device (PND) to feature a built-in dash cam and advanced alerts to enhance driver awareness on the road. Thanks to the integrated dash cam that continuously records and automatically saves files on impact, the nüviCam offers the protection of having an eyewitness that records exactly where and when events occurred.

One of the most comprehensive sat navs to ever hit the roads, the nüviCam offers the latest in premium driver-assist features typically found only in luxury vehicles. For example, Forward Collision Warning2 alerts drivers if they’re driving too close to the car ahead; Lane Departure Warning2 alerts will appear and sound if the driver drifts off the road or into oncoming traffic; and Garmin Real Vision™ takes the guess work out of deciphering hard-to-see house numbers by displaying the camera view along with a bright arrow to direct drivers where to go when approaching select destinations.

“The nüviCam goes beyond helping drivers get from Point A to Point B,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of worldwide sales. “The intuitive driver-assist features not only lessen the stress of getting you to your destination, but the nüviCam also provides peace of mind in knowing that your commute is being recorded and can be referenced should you need it.”

The nüviCam features a 6-inch pinch-to-zoom glass display with a high-definition dash cam built in to the back of the device. When powered on, the integrated dash cam continuously records on the included microSD card, and if an incident occurs, the device’s Incident Detection will automatically save files on impact. GPS records exactly where and when events occur and drivers can play back the video on the device or from a computer using There’s also a Snapshot feature on the nüviCam that allows drivers to capture still images in or outside of the vehicle if desired. The included magnetic mount enables the device to be easily and quickly secured or removed from the vehicle.
Other navigation features offered with safety and convenience in mind include voice-activated navigation that allows drivers to speak commands to the device while their hands stay safely on the wheel, and Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free calling (requires Bluetooth-enabled smartphone sold separately). Smartphone Link, a free mobile app that connects nüviCam with a compatible iPhone® or Android™ smartphone, can also provide real-time data services3, such as weather or safety cameras to the sat nav. Drivers can even pair the nüviCam with the Garmin BC™ 30 Wireless Backup Camera (sold separately) to see what’s behind their vehicle when they reverse.

To make sure drivers never miss a turn, the nüviCam utilises Active Lane Guidance, which uses a combination of voice prompts and visual cues to prepare users to drive through an exit or interchange with confidence. “Up Ahead” appears alongside the driving map and constantly informs of nearby services, including restaurants, fuel stations and rest areas, and spoken Garmin Real Directions™ guides drivers like a friend would, using recognisable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights. Additional features included are speed limit warnings, school zone warnings, PhotoReal Junction View, Bird’s Eye Junction View and preloaded Foursquare® data that adds millions of new and popular points of interest like restaurants, shops and more.

The nüviCam comes preloaded with detailed maps of Europe and free lifetime map4 updates are included to ensure the most up-to-date maps, points of interest and navigation information is available. This sat nav also features Garmin Digital Traffic via DAB, the best and fastest traffic solution available from Garmin, for the life of the device.

The nüviCam is the latest from Garmin’s consumer automotive segment, the leading worldwide provider of portable navigation devices for automobiles, motorcycles and trucks. Garmin’s user-friendly navigation solutions have innovative features that provide time- and fuel-saving benefits to meet the demands of everyday driving.

The Garmin nüviCam has a suggested retail price of £309.99. For more information, visit

By July 15, 2015 Read More →

5 top tips on choosing the right kids GPS tracker

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 07.22.44For any parent or caregiver, your children’s safety is of paramount importance. Whilst it used to be impossible to keep an eye on your children’s every movement, the right children’s GPS tracker will enable you to do just that.

There are a number of factors which contribute to finding the perfect kids GPS tracker. These range from signal quality to the size and efficiency of the tracker itself. Below are five of the most important things to consider when purchasing a tracker for your children.


1)      It needs to track effectively from indoors and outdoors

A GPS tracker can have an array of handy features, but the most crucial thing is an ability to track consistently from any location. Some trackers have been criticised by customers for an inability to keep a consistent track unless held outside, and pointed skywards.

Whilst sometimes it’s convenient to use the tracker outside, at other times you’ll need to use it in the house, the office or travelling between places. This means that the tracker you purchase needs to be reliable and versatile enough to track from a variety of different locations.


2)      Live tracking is crucial

Live tracking enables you to monitor your child’s movements in real time, and retains a complete history of prior activity, on your personal mapping setup.

This means that you can go back through a history of previous movements, to see if you’re happy with the general pattern of where your child is spending their time, as well as to review their whereabouts during a period when you were unable to check the tracker.

It also means that if you suddenly notice your child somewhere that you don’t want them to be, you can react in an instant and make your way to them – knowing exactly where they are at every moment.


3)      Your tracker should have a customisable secure zone and boundary area

Many of the places your children will go – such as walking to a local shop, going to school or meeting up with other family members pose no real risk. This means that whilst your youngsters’ safety is always vitally important, there are times when you can relax. After all, there are enough stressful moments as a parent!

Thankfully, some GPS trackers have developed a perfect compromise. Their technology enables users to set a customised secure zone. If the child leaves that specific area, both you and other designated individuals can receive a text or email alert to inform you that they are outside of what you consider safe areas for them.

As the kids get older, this customisable format allows you to change the locations within this safe zone at any time.


4)      You want something small, portable and lightweight

Whilst innovative technology and reliability are the most crucial elements of a good kids GPS tracker, it’s also important to have a tracking device which is small and lightweight.

Considering that you – and your child – probably have the device on your person a good deal of the time, you don’t want something bulky or uncomfortable. With that in mind, it’s a big benefit to have a tracker which can just be slipped into a pocket, purse or for your little ones, a school lunch box or soft toy.

Trackershop offer some of the most effective, portable and lightweight personal GPS trackers available anywhere.


5)      Long battery life is important

This might seem obvious, but it’s important to find a tracker which has a long battery life (preferably one of several days), to facilitate constant tracking even when you’re in a situation where charging the device simply isn’t tenable – for example when you are in a remote location for any period of time.

Posted in: Editorial, GPS/Sat Nav
By July 14, 2015 Read More →

The world’s first mind-controlled electric car created by MoneySuperMarket!

Carol Vorderman

MoneySuperMarket have debuted world’s first mind-controlled electric car this morning. Carol Vorderman was on hand to take the car for a spin using her big brain! Video footage has been made available for all to see of Carol working her way around the track.

On Thursday the track is empty and waiting for some lucky members of the public to be brain trained and drive the car themselves, in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. All they need to do is register before lunch time tomorrow at midday following this link: .


Eighty years since the first driving test and with more distractions on our roads than ever before, MoneySuperMarket is reminding people to keep their brains in gear when behind the wheel with a truly epic motoring experience – the world’s first mind-controlled electric car.

The Car Insurance Epic Mind Drive gives drivers the opportunity to negotiate this ground-breaking vehicle around a futuristic track using brainwaves alone to turn left, right, move forward and stop.

The car is controlled with an electroencephalogram (EEG) neuro headset, using sophisticated software algorithms to translate raw EEG data into mental commands. Each user must train with the headset so it can decipher their thought patterns and learn their unique mental topography. The software is then able to recognise distinct thought patterns and using some complex electronics, wirelessly sends these commands to the car’s controls.

The Car Insurance Epic Mind Drive track

Those selected to take the driver’s seat will be judged on the track by a series of variables. This includes statistics fed back by a telematics box in the car reporting on how safely and accurately they drive, a technology system used to calculate fair premiums and save drivers money on car insurance policies. Accuracy, smoothness and lap time will all be fed into a bespoke formula to generate a score that they can take away with them, along with the pride of being one of the very first mind-control drivers.

The experience highlights that driving with your brain in gear not only keeps you safe but also saves money on your car insurance.

David Harling, Digital Marketing Director at MoneySuperMarket commented: “Driverless cars are currently being road tested but until they’re an everyday reality, we know it’s as important as ever for motorists to use their heads while driving. Our customers are great at using their heads to find the best car insurance quotes and have inspired us to launch the Car Insurance Epic Mind Drive, a once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic experience.”

Carol Vorderman

The Car Insurance Epic Mind Drive experience is live now. Drivers should go to and register before 12 noon on Wednesday 15th July for the chance to drive the world’s first mind-controlled electric car on Thursday 16th July.

Visitors to the site will also be able to register for the chance to play the exclusive mobile driving game, using their heads in a live video call to drive by facial recognition and gesture alone. 

By October 17, 2013 Read More →

Android on your helmet

skully2_thumb.jpgThere is a new device on the block and it’s called the “Skully P1″ and it’s actually an Android-powered motorcycle helmet which can let you see what’s behind you with an Augmented Reality overlay. This innovative device actually has a rear-camera built-in and displays a 180-degree AR view of what’s behind the rider.

That’s not the only cool thing about this high-tech armour. It also includes a Skully Synapse HUD integrated into the helmet visor. This makes it appear the HUD is floating about 20 feet in front of the riders vision. This HUD includes two different views. One incorporates the rear view display as previously mentioned, but the other offers detailed turn-by-turn navigation. This HUD uses a lithium-ion battery which will hold a charge for nine hours of use

As mentioned, the helm uses Android for its OS, and will integrate with other smartphones from Androids to iPhones. The OS also includes voice controls for playing music, getting directions, and more. The manufacturer will launch an SDK for app developers later in 2013. No details on pricing have been shared just yet.


By February 17, 2010 Read More →

Garmin’s offerings

DSCN0782There were a couple of devices from Garmin at Mobile World Congress this year. I paid particular attention to two of them, the M10 and A50. With the focus primarily on Satellite Navigation they run both Windows Mobile and Android as the title of each phone might suggest. I played with the A50 for a long enough to ascertain that the Operating System runs very well and the facelift looks well, the GPS navigation client isn’t the fastest when scrolling around, I have shot a short video showing this and will upload it once I return. 

Posted in: GPS/Sat Nav
By September 19, 2009 Read More →

CoPilot Live 8 Review


CoPilot has been around for some years now and so I thought I would test out there latest version and compare it with some other mobile navigation applications. The big question though is will it be as good as TomTom?

CoPilot Live 8 Review

CoPilot Live 8

I have been using sat nav since the very first TomTom was released, and I still cringe when I think that I paid over £500 for that first one!

Over the last few years I have used three TomTom stand alone devices, TomTom navigator and Nav n Go IGO8 on a Windows Mobile Device. Due to my job I spend on average five hours a day driving and each day to a different location, so I thought I would be the perfect person to give CoPilot a decent review.

Key Features:

  • Lane Guidance at junctions
  • Guidance in tunnels
  • Turn after turn indicator (display shows next two turns)
  • Speed limit alerts
  • POI’s
  • Live traffic information (subscription required)
  • Live search
  • Livelink location sharing
  • Weather
  • Fuel prices


  • Superb Map Display
  • Big selection of features


  • Non QWERTY Keyboard
  • Rather Complicated Volume Controls

CoPilot Live 8 Review:

I downloaded Copilot for my winmo device and at £25.99 for the UK & Ireland map CoPilot Live 8 is an absolute bargain. The new TomTom version for the iphone is £59.99 so lets see if the cheaper option is better than the trusted market leader.

At present CoPilot is available for Windows Mobile, Iphone and Android devices. With the surge of Android devices creeping onto the market CoPilot will cover a huge number of handsets over the next twelve months.

Turning the CoPilot on for the first time I was pleasantly surprised how colourful the software was. Initially you are greeted with a small menu overlaying the map to enable quick navigation.

Launch Menu

CoPilot launch menu

As you will see in the picture above this menu allows for easy access to My Places, Settings, Mode (driving, walking etc) as well as Destination which dives straight into navigating to a new location.

The “My Places” option gives you a choice of four options for quick access to your favourite and recent destinations and using this section was smooth and simple.

My Places

My Places

Selecting “Destination” from the initial menu is where you enter a new location and this is where it gets a little tricky! As you will see in the picture below there are several options here but the “Address” one will be the most commonly used.

Selecting Destination

Selecting “Destination”

Actually entering the address on CoPilot has been a little disappointing, although if you have not used sat nav before you will not have the same frustration that I do. That frustration is that the input keypad on CoPilot is not QWERTY and there is no option (that I can find) to change it. I use a QWERTY keypad on not only my computers but also on my phone and having to then use something different takes me a hell of a lot longer to enter the text. All other sat nav software I have tried, including some free ones that use a data connection, have either a standard QWERTY key pad or at least the option of one.

Key Pad

CoPilot Key Pad

As with all the other sat nav’s available CoPilot lets you change most options, such as map styles/colours, map display and points of interest.

POIs Map Styles

POI’s & Map Styles

The POI’s were as good as on TomTom and the Safety alerts were just as reliable. You will see above there is a speed limit warning  option. I though to myself “great, this will come in handy on the motorway”, however the highest speed I managed to set it for was 30MPH so as you can imagine it was extremely annoying alerting me whenever I reached 31 MPH.

The other major issue I had with the Copilot was how hard it was to mute the volume. Most of the time when I am driving I don’t like to listen to the spoken instructions and I rely on the map and onscreen prompts. Although CoPilot can be muted it takes seven screen taps to do and then return back to the map and this did my head in. Every time I restarted CoPilot I had to do the seven screen taps once more.

The most important feature with any sat nav has to be the reliability of getting you to your destination correctly and the CoPilot has not let me down once. I must admit it has taken me on a few routes that I know TomTom would not have but I got there and quickly, whether I input the full address or just the postcode.

My favourite feature of CoPilot has to be the actual display when navigating. Not only do I love the map colours but also the layout of the onscreen information.

Everything seems to be in the right place and they have managed to fit a lot onto a relatively small display (depending on handset).

As you will see below the CoPilot offers lane guidance which is a nice feature and really comes in handy when you don’t know where you are going!

CoPilot Navigation Display

Copilot Navigation Display


So, how does CoPilot Live 8 compare to its rivals?

In terms of navigation it is certainly as good and at that super low retail price its sure to do pretty well.

Will I be continuing to use it as my daily sat nav – No. I actually got my TomTom back out today and this was only due to the keyboard and volume issues I had. If these were rectified I would probably stick with the CoPilot.

A good effort CoPilot and I look forward to new versions in the years to come.

Posted by: James

Posted in: GPS/Sat Nav, Reviews
By March 7, 2009 Read More →

QSTARZ BT-Q1000X GPS data logger review

The other week I mentioned that I was looking for a way to geo-tag my photos and came across the QSTARZ BT-1000X gps data logger. Now that I’ve got my hands on this little GPS unit does it live up to my expectations and deliver a simple geo-tagging solution?

GPS Data Logger

The QSTARZ BT-1000X data logger


What’s in the box?

The QSTARZ BT-1000X data logger gps unit, car charger, USB Sync/Charge cable, leather pouch/belt holder, manual and software CD-ROM.


QSTARZ BT-1000X GPS data logger specification:

  • POI button: Record point of interesting by pushing the red button
  • 32 channel: Base on MTK chipset solution, can trace signals for 32 satellites simultaneously. The fast position fix, cold start < 36 sec, hot start< 1 sec
  • GPS Chip MTK GPS Module
  • Frequency L1, 1575.42MHz
  • Tracking -158 dBm
  • Cold Start: 36 sec, average
  • Warm Start: 33 sec, average
  • Hot Start: 1 sec, average
  • Reacquisition: < 1 sec.
  • Bluetooth: V1.2 compliant (SPP profile)
  • Class 2 (15 meters in open space)
  • Frequency: 2.4~2.4835 GHz
  • Power On/Off Slide switch
  • Power Charge Mini USB
  • NMEA-0183 (V3.01) – GGA, GSA,GSV, RMC(default); VTG, GLL(Optional), Baud rate 115200 bps, Data bit : 8, stop bit : 1(Default)
  • 72.2 (L) X 46.5 (W) X 20 (H) mm
  • Standard Fully Compliant with USB2.0
  • Full – Speed 12Mbps


Looking around the device:

There isn’t a great deal to see to be honest, looking at the top/front there’s a small red button that’s used for marking waypoints or points of interest. Around this button you’ll find 3 LED’s that indicate when the unit is charging or needs charging, is connected via bluetooth and has a GPS signal.

GPS Data Logger LEDS

QSTARZ BT-1000X LED display


On the right hand side of the unit there’s a single mini-USB connector that’s used to download/upload data as well as to charge the device.

GPS Data Logger right side

QSTARZ BT-1000X right side

On the left hand side of the GPS unit is a three-position switch. There’s the obvious off position and then in the middle is the NAV mode. With the switch in this position the unit works like a regular external Bluetooth GPS receiver. Putting the switch in to the LOG position records the GPS position and time in to the units memory at give time intervals.

GPS Data Logger left side

QSTARZ BT-1000X left side

There isn’t much more to be seen on the unit apart from a removable cover on the bottom which allows you to replace the battery.



  • Fast acquisition
  • Excellent reception, even indoors
  • Long battery life
  • Accuracy while moving



  • Software badly translated from Chinese to English
  • Only PC drivers
  • Accuracy while stationary



The QSTARZ BT-1000X comes in a neat and well presented box and has all the cables and software that you need to get up and running and it really doesn’t take long to get started.

First of all the battery has to be installed in the unit, this means simply removing the bottom cover and inserting the battery. According to the manual we’ll have to charge the battery for 16 hours the first time but as we can sync and charge at the same time we can set the unit up at the same time.

All of the software that you need to set up and use the QSTARZ BT-1000X is supplied on an 8cm CD-ROM. This is a bit of a problem for me (and quite a few people these days) as I have a laptop with a slot loading CD/DVD drive that cant take these small disks. So we have to go to another PC to copy the install files to the laptop. No big deal but worth considering.

On the disk we have three main items. First of all we have the software driver so that our PC will recognise the GPS unit, naturally we have to install this first and we need to make sure we complete the driver installation before we connect up the GPS. Once the driver is installed and the GPS connected Windows reports that a new GPS device is connected and working.

Next it’s time to install the software. First we install the Travel Recorder PC utility. This application is used to configure the GPS unit, upload the AGPS data and to download the recorded tracking data. Here we can also change the logging settings so that the unit logs the position every X seconds or based on movement, every X metres.

The first thing I did here was to upload the AGPS data to the GPS unit. This takes just a few seconds and the AGPS data is valid for 5 days. I’m not sure why it’s only 5 days as most other GPS units I have used have AGPS data for 7 days. This cant be changed though.

Turning the unit in to logging mode by moving the switch to log the GPS LED is initially solid orange, this means that the unit is on and looking for a signal. Within about 20 seconds the orange light begins to flash. The flashing orange means that the unit has a GPS fix and is logging data at the previously defined interval. The amount of time the unit takes to get a GPS fix is truly amazing – sitting indoors with the unit on the table and starting it from cold it will generally establish a fix in well under one minute.

The QSTARZ BT-1000X has an amazing reception, the bulk of the unit must be an antenna. Having use the unit for the past few weeks it’s actually more unusual for it not to have a GPS fix, I’ve been using it in the car, on the train, in the office and in each case, despite being either in my pocket or in my laptop bag the unit barely misses a beat. In fact it seems to be quite difficult to block this unit from picking up a GPS fix!

The battery life of this unit is also impressive. Leaving the unit switched on in log mode the battery easily lasts a couple of days. When the battery begins to run low the power LED flashes red but obviously you have to remember to check the unit to see this and because the unit just works and is pretty much trouble-free it’s easy to forget this.

The QSTARZ BT-1000X also has a dedicated NAV mode where it can be used as a ‘normal’ external Bluetooth GPS receiver. In NAV mode the unit pairs easily with your PDA and gives you the benefit of an extremely accurate and sensitive GPS unit. Sure there are plenty of mobile devices with built in GPS but show me one that can get a cold GPS fix in seconds and will work almost anywhere and have a battery life measured in days. Built in GPS units are poor in comparison.

One feature that is undocumented on the QSTARZ BT-1000X is that if you set up a Bluetooth partnership with your mobile then you can connect to the GPS even when it’s in LOG mode so you can use the logging feature and navigation feature at the same time. As I’ve been carrying the QSTARZ BT-1000X in my bag with it switched on all the time I’ve found this feature to be really useful – when I want to use Sat Nav on my mobile I simply turn on TomTom and because the GPS is already on and working and has a position fix I can start using the Sat Nav within seconds rather than waiting for the internal GPS to acquire a signal which in some cases can take several minutes. This is a handy feature but remember to set the Bluetooth partnership up with the unit in NAV mode as it’s not discoverable in LOG mode.



Apart from the device drivers there are two main software titles on the CD-Rom that comes with the unit.

The first is the GPS Travel Recorder Utility. In addition to being used to configure the GPS unit as I’ve already briefly mentioned, the Travel Recorder Utility is where you’ll download your GPS log data. There are a number of ways to use your GPS track data. You can display your tracks on a map thanks to the Google Maps plugin, you can export your track data in a number of formats so that you can use it with other software or you can use it to add geotagging data to your photographs.

It’s the geotagging that I was particularly interested in. Before you go ahead and use the unit and your camera you’ll want to make sure that the date and time is set correctly on your camera. The software uses the time stamp on the image in combination with the GPS track in order to work out where the photo was taken.

In practice the process is really simple – when you get back from taking all your photos you transfer them to a folder on your computer and then open up the Travel Recorder to download the GPS data. Once you have loaded your GPS track you simply point the software at the folder containing all of your photos and it will then go through them all looking at the times from the exif data and then work out where you were when the photo was taken. Having done this is will then show you the positions on the map. You also have the option of writing the GPS position data back to the EXIF of the Image file which is really handy if you are going to be using the photos in another application that supports geotagging such as iPhoto or Flickr.

The software even allows you to create funky webpages with maps and photos.

Travel Recorder

GPS Travel Recorder Utility


The last piece of software on the CD is called Visual GPS. This is a more simple piece of software that allows you to connect to the GPS and see position data and satellite information in real-time. It show you the raw data being received from the GPS unit as well as your altitude, speed etc.

It’s useful to see what the GPS is up to at any given time and to check that it’s working but I think that it’s use is fairly limited. You cant make any configuration changes in this application although you can capture and save GPS data as an NMEA file if you want.

Visual GPS

Visual GPS




The QSTARZ BT-1000X is an excellent GPS unit for both data logging and GPS navigation. Definitely the best and most sensitive unit I have ever used. I bought it for geo-tagging photos but ended up using it as an external GPS unit with my HTC Touch Diamond.

I just wish that they unit had drivers for the Mac even if I could just download the data from the units memory.

If you are looking for a way to geo-tag your photos to use with iPhoto, Googlemaps of Flickr then the combination of the QSTARZ BT-1000X and the supplied software really does mean that it’s a piece of cake.

The QSTARZ BT-1000X gets my thumbs up!


Posted by: Matt

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Posted in: GPS/Sat Nav, Reviews
By February 5, 2009 Read More →

QSTARZ BT-Q1000X data logger

The other day I started looking at different solutions for Geo Tagging my photos. There are quite a few ways to achieve this from GPS dataloggers that will accept your camera’s memory card and update the EXIF data to solutions that connect to supported cameras. Unfortunately my Canon EOC 50D does not allow you to connect an external GPS unit (unless you buy a £800 wireless transfer unit) so my only option is to look for an external solution.

That’s when I came across the QSTARZ BT-Q1000X which looks like an ideal option for me. Not only is it reasonable inexpensive but it has a 42 hour active battery life but can also log over 200,000 positions in memory at 15 second intervals which is good for over 30 days worth of data, perfect for logging your position when you are on holiday!

I’ve just ordered the BT-Q1000X and will be trying out as soon as it arrives. I’ll let you know how I get on and how I end up tagging my images!


QSTARZ, a global leading GPS brand, is proud to introduce the BT-Q1000X as the most powerful Travel Recorder in the world. With the MTK II technology, people will be able to enjoy the faster fix time, longer battery life and 1-5Hz eXtreme mode. With the exclusive Wizard interface in Travel Recorder software, it makes photo geo tag easiest than ever.

MTK II technology

• Adopt MTK II latest chipset with high sensitivity -165dBm and 66-Channel tracking

• Ultra lower power consumption up to 42hrs operation

• Less than 15-Sec. AGPS fix support: download almanac data to realize faster TTFF and positioning under warm start

• Update Rate 1~5Hz changeable by utility provided

• G-Mouse + Bluetooth in one: wired and wireless GPS receiver



Hardware feature

• Stand-Alone travel recorder to log up to 200,000 records (*)

• Easily switch Travel Recorder to LOG mode or NAV mode (Navigation + Log)

• Support button push manually to memorize your location immediately

• Auto On-Off function for smart power control

Personal/Portable Navigation (PDA, Smartphone, PC, etc.)

Travel Recorder T

• Support Multi-mode setting to record data (Vehicle, Bicycle, Jog)

• Provide Travel Recorder PC Utility V4 with built-in Google Map, Multi-language support, and Visualization UI

"Wizard interface" for Utility to easily manage importing and exporting tracks

• Provide RaceChrono 5Hz software for high speed sport racing

• Auto track split function helps you organize your travel path

• Support Track Edit function allowing you to remove unnecessary waypoints

• Track playback function, changeable different track color and name

• Active NMEA protocol VTG / GLL manually via Qstarz setup tool

• Output your travel record as GPX / PLT / CSV / NMEA / Google Earth file format.

• Draw your navigation path immediately on Google Earth as default

• Support GeoTagging function for digital photo and generate KMZ file easily

• The waypoints would be decreased when the more options of Log Format are selected

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: GPS/Sat Nav
By December 2, 2008 Read More →

Touch HD & CoPilot News

The team at have just given us some great news based on an eMail from ALK/CoPilot :


The current version of CoPilot that you are stocking actually supports the Touch HD rather well, and we are simply working on an enhanced version that will improve screen resolution and also operate in landscape mode. In terms of updates, ALK will eventually post the new Touch HD version for existing customers to download when it becomes available.

So if you want a copy of ALK Copilot 7 for your Touch HD then click here for the European version and here for the UK & Ireland version

Posted by: John

Posted in: GPS/Sat Nav
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