I’m not sure all of you will remember the widget that allowed us to keep track of the Urbanistas as they travelled the world. For those who do, I am sure you will agree with me it was pretty slick. Now here’s the good news, as part of Nokia’s ongoing Urbanista project, they have re-released the widget that the original Urbanista diarists used as they travelled about, only this time anyone including you and me can use it.
Basically, the widget, combined with a GPS enabled handset and the Sports tracker application allows us to track and upload our movements, tagging places with images as we go along. Say, for instance, you’re travelling around Barcelona on holiday, you can upload where you are as you go, your device streaming GPS data to Sports tracker and then to the widget placed on your blog or Facebook or any other social network profile. You can also take a picture of a place (Sports tracker will attach a GPS tag to the image) upload it, and the image will be shown on your widget, on your blog/profile, attached to where the image was taken.
I love it. It adds a completely new dimension to presence. Friends/family sitting back at home will be able to place you live on the globe every single minute you want them to. They’ll be able to see what route you took, where you’ve been and what’s more if you take pictures/videos along the way they’ll even get to see the place you’r visiting through your phone. It’s perfect right from grabbing a few snaps on a bike ride through the country to touring a major world city.
Details on how to get this up and running below.
If you head on over here, you’ll be able to get started. However for the more experienced users here’s the simplest way to get going straightaway .
- You’ll need a Sports tracker account, so follow the instructions at the sportstracker website and get your account name.
- Make sure you have Sports tracker on your mobile handset, if you haven’t, download it to your device by visiting this page with your browser.
- Once installed, open it up and add a user, i.e. you, and pair with the Sports tracker web service using the username from the sportstracker website.
- Go to the Urbanista site, enter in your Sports tracker account details into the widget downloader, chose a colour and you’re all set!
On a sidenote, I think the name ‘sportstracker’ needs to go. From the time the application came out to now, it has undergone so much change and improvements that ‘sportstracker’ is an understatement and well, a little misleading. What do you think about it and the widget?
Its time to document travels!