Find out where you without electronic maps using your phone’s GPS and snaps of maps.
Mapsnap GPS Review
by on March 14, 2010
It’s an interesting idea, if you don’t have a data connection or can’t get electronic maps that suit your needs – hiking is a good example – then why not simply snap a real life map and mark where you are and let the GPS do the rest? It doesn’t sound the most accurate of things and potentially there’s huge room for error.
But if you’re experienced with maps and know your north from your south then it’s possible to sensibly calibrate a photographed map or load a scanned Jpeg, PNG or Gif into the file. Calibration can also be done from two GPS locations if you’re not sure of the scale of the map or its orientation.
In our basic test the map was surprisingly accurate with most of the misalignment from our poor marking of the start position. The tools could be easier to use but the scrolling and zooming work well and this could be an invaluable tool for walkers but it really needs a built-in screen lock that works.
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