One man's rush to jump on the kayaking bandwagon

The perfect GPS?

I hate the iPhone. I really do. The UI is NOT the future. Apple seems to have a problem with me developing software for myself without jumping through more hoops than lions at a circus. However, it may be exactly what I've been waiting for.
Considering the rumors that the 3G iPhones will have a built in GPS and Apple's patent filings for the workout manager and TomTom-like navigation device, it seems like Apple really wants me to buy an iPhone. Ideally it would have the following features:
  • "Splash proof" - I don't expect a battery powered GPS to ever be really waterproof, but a little rain or splash shouldn't ruin a $500 gadget. Apple, if you won't let me replace the battery, then you have no excuses.
  • Audible reporting - I don't care how nice the screen is, when there's water and salt all over your sunglasses, the sun is bearing down, and the screen isn't at just the right angle, the screen is unreadable. I want my GPS to speak to me and let me know my average speed over the last 30/60/90/120 seconds. I want it to tell me when my ground track drifts off the desired track by more than 5 degrees. I want it to tell me when how far I've paddled every 1/4 mile.
  • Integration with Google Maps/Earth - Native KML support. Realtime integration would be nice as well, but I'd want to turn this off.
  • SiRFstar III - For the GPS to be accurate for kayaking, it needs to be very accurate.
tags: gear

April 23, 2008