Links: Seero for sale, i-gotU GPS logger review, Best of Building Maker expands

Seero For Sale: We’ve talked about Seero a few times in the past. They offer live video with GPS and did some cool stuff with Where 2.0 2008. Recently, the Seero team decided to sell the site (eBay auction) and all assets so they can focus on other projects. The site would be a serious investment, with a starting bid close to $50K. A good example of Seero’s capability can be seen in this Steve McQueen video.
i-gotU GPS: The folks at @trip have a nifty new GPS device to help you put your activity into Google Earth. I’ve been playing with it for a few days and I tend to agree with them — it’s a great little device. It’s tiny, waterproof and can be used for 80 hours non-stop; quite impressive!
The only big problem I had with it is that it’s not very compatible with Windows 7. My primary desktop and my primary laptop are Windows 7, and my netbook doesn’t have a CD drive. That meant I had to dig out my old XP laptop and fire it up. To their credit, it worked reasonably well on there. However, they need to solve the insane Windows 7 directions as quickly as possible. As neat as the device is, having to boot Windows in a special manner each time just to use the device is a bit too much. Also, there is no Mac version of the software available; they simply recommend Windows 2000, XP or Vista.
If you have a computer that can handle it, the cost isn’t too bad (under $100 for both models) and would probably be excellent if you do a lot of travel and/or hiking. I’ll keep an eye on it and let you know when they finally release decent software for Windows 7 and/or Mac. In the meantime, I’d hold off on this purchase unless you have an older Windows machine with no intention of upgrading to Win 7. Here’s a short sample video from their site to show what a track looks like:


Best of Building Maker: We’ve mentioned this collection before, but felt it was worth showing off again. With all of the Building Maker models that are arriving in Google Earth, the Best of Building Maker collection is a great way to see some of the best. None of my models have made it in there — have yours?
Best of Building Maker

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. regarding Building Maker – 2 of 3 models of mine from Copenhagen area, Denmark made it – Not the world’s best models example here http://tinyurl.com/yerp8av

  2. That’s weird, there shouldn’t be any need for the driver to be running in kernel mode. User mode drivers can be unsigned.
    There’s lot’s of different GPS loggers, no need to wait for i-gotU.
    You can find a lot of loggers here, the i-gotU GT-120 costs $70.
    http://www.semsons.com/datalogger.html
    I’m not affiliated with them in any way.

  3. yay! I got one model into ‘Best of’. But I don’t expect it’ll last, it’s a challenge modelling foreign buildings based purely on a few oblique photo’s. Very addictive though!

  4. I haven’t had any problems with installing the driver on my win7 32bit box.
    I just wish there was more export-functions or the data, but I’ve began writing some tools around it in python :-)
    Cheers,

  5. David Burggraf says:

    Works great with Windows 7 64bit. You just have to plug in the unit first, and update the driver to the most current version from the website, before trying to install the included software. Otherwise you will get the blue screen of death when the installer trys to install the driver.

  6. I haven’t had any problems with installing the driver on my win7 32bit box.
    :(

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