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?