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I've given this some thought and don't have the knowledge or inclination to produce it myself. So here's your chance.

Most of us have in-car navigators. Some are in-dash units, others are windscreen mounted. Most of them can take some sort of portable media device, maybe an SD card or a USB thumbdrive. The in-dash models can play DVDs and both types can display jpeg pictures and all have speaker capability.

I would like to see someone produce say, an SD card, that has tourist info on it and can be linked to your location.

For example, you are on the Eyre Peninsula and are visiting the east coast. Whack in your SA Tourism card and touch the screen to bring up historical facts, places to visit, tourist locations etc, right where you are.

Touch the screen to take you to Tumby Bay, get some facts and history recited to you while you are getting there.

You know what I mean, like having your own personal tourist guide plugged into your navigator.

Surely this must be achievable.

I would buy them.

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Reply By: stumbly1 - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 19:09

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 19:09
Same as you, don't have the knowledge or inclination - but certainly a good idea. I'd buy them.
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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 19:09

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 19:09
That's a fantastic idea Stephen. Maybe EO could joint venture it with HEMA!

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 19:16

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 19:16
When you think about it John, you can imagine small video clips, photos of places you are heading too with a talk while you're getting there.

Really, the possibilities are endless.

Just think how much info could be put onto a 32GB SD card. And memory is getting cheaper and larger every day.

Information about places could be sub-divided into all sorts of things: history, local heroes, sports, industries. Go to Port Lincoln: tuna fishing, Makybie Diva, local history, Hotels, Caravan parks, sports clubs (linked phone numbers to the navigator via bluetooth to your phone). You can apply this to any location in Australia.

Once you start thinking about this, as I have been, it just gets bigger and bigger.

Think of the places you have visited and how much info and how handy this would be.

Someone should take it up (and sling me some free samples).



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Reply By: qubert - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 19:39

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 19:39
and a gps that records youre position, speed , date every 5 seconds so you can prove you were not speeding at that point the speed camera took the photo
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 20:50

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 20:50
qubert
As far as I know most GPS do just that right now, its called the track record and can be found somewhere in the memory on most good units.

As for the legality in court now thats quite a different subject.
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Follow Up By: snapper49 - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 22:14

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"As far as I know most GPS do just that right now, its called the track record and can be found somewhere in the memory on most good units.

As for the legality in court now thats quite a different subject. "

I can tell you it has been tried and tested in a court of law in queensland
It was accepted over the speed cameras
do a search on speed cameras and you will find out how inaccurate they are
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Follow Up By: Mike DiD - Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 16:37

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 16:37
The data can be too easily faked to be acceptable in court.
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Reply By: Member - Alex K (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 19:48

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 19:48
Great idea. I also really like the idea of EO being the contributor (on behalf of its member) and HEMA producing it. Think about the amount of knowledge all the members of EO have on thousands of places in OZ and with the use of 3G you can even keep it updated via a EO membership so as more people contribute the more information you have access too. Cool!
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Reply By: Member - Leon A (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 20:47

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 20:47
That is an excellent idea, i'd purchase for sure.

There is a tourist drive where they give you a cd and they explain the different areas to you but I can't remember where it is.
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 20:52

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 20:52
Leon
I have one for the Oodnadatta track currently.
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Reply By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 20:54

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 20:54
Gone Bush
Your a feeking genius sunshine. What an original idea!!!!!

If the price were right you get me sucked in.
Colin.
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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 20:56

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 20:56
G'day Stephan, Garmin have that sort of thing and it is called Tour Guide files.

Garmin Tour Guide Files

Unfortunately there isn't anything on Australia last time I looked.

I have had a bit of a look at it and I have been thinking of playing around and trying to make some files.
But, at the moment it is in the gunnadoo basket.

This might spur me on to do a bit more on it.

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Reply By: Maîneÿ . . .- Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 21:08
Here in Western Australia there are signs on most major roads telling you the local radio station frequency numbers, along with a frequency number that will get you the local tourism information as well.

Maîneÿ . . .
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Reply By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 21:21

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 21:21
Yes indeed we have indeed been in talks with partners on this idea as you're right - we have the ability to do this. Stay tuned Members!
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 22:26

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 22:26
Don't forget my freebies David......

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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 22:33

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 22:33
And mine!!
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 09:30

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 09:30
and mine
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Reply By: chevypower - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 22:52

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 22:52
I've heard that someone rents out GPS tour guides for Yellowstone National Park.http://www.virtualtourguide.net/
You rent the whole GPS, rather than plug in to one you own, but sounds like a similar idea.
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Reply By: Member - Peter H (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 00:25

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 00:25
I thought about this about 2 yrs ago. getting Hema to produce would be way to expensive. When I was doing the market research, the one thing that stood out is that it must be quality info and at a very reasonable price. With limited purchase the big players are out of the question.

Peter
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 11:48

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 11:48
And keeping the iformation up-to-date...tere is one of the big challenges also....
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Reply By: SCUBADOO - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 07:32

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 07:32
If you are planning a holiday here in NZ.
www.tourismradio.co.nz

No association.
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Reply By: Member No 1- Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 09:38

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 09:38
we have tourist information radio in SA to tell us about the area...but it never seems to work....well not when I tune in

but to be very very good it would need to pinpoint all things, lots of small out of the way stuff...such as your passing willems home town, or the Canoe tree (strathablyn), or Herbig Family Tree (springton) or kickamoocow (god knows where that is as I've forgotten),.... it is going to take a lot of input and research.
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Reply By: Gnomey - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 09:43

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 09:43
I agree it's a great idea to combine EO content in a database with a map interface. Lovely way to share the knowledge and filter for relevance.

Some years ago I was involved with a company that had a similar idea - database of travel and tourism text, images, video etc accessible via a mapping interface and at the time we didn't have a lot of competition. Yeah, I know it doesn't sound revolutionary now, but back then.....

Technically, it is doable and as I mentioned it has been done and is being done - though at a price of course.

The compilation, editing, gap filling and maintenance of the content presents other and different problems. There is a world of difference (and cost) between an experience similar to DIY web browsing and one similar to reading a tight, punchy and relevant tour guide.

Happy to make intros if EO is interested.

Cheers
Mark
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Reply By: Member - mazcan - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 13:06

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 13:06
hi gone bush
i say yes to the idea but hesitate at the other thought of watching that imfo on your in-dash or dash mounted gps
i feel it may be illegal and very distractive to the driver and would be the same as a driver watching a dvd when he suppose to be watching where he is going

especially an in dash unit where your eyes are down off the road and looking at a screen
not trying to condem the idea as it has it's merrits
but just thinking of the safety factor

i recall a truck driver not long ago had an accident and admitted he was watching porn on his dvd when it happened
eg: not concentrating on the road
just my thought
cheers
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Reply By: _gmd_pps - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 15:19

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 15:19
thats actually pretty stone age .. it can only result as an idea from lack of technological progress in this country and the fact that people still mostly have
very limited computer power in their cars.

I have a car pc with a 10" touch screen, run a maxon router with my NextG wireless modem. get pretty good coverage with a 5db antenna and get all
the info I need from the internet.

In the US there is a beta project where you can subscribe to a travel site which takes your APRS signal and provides info as a push service, free when you accept the ads coming with it. Now with the iPhone doing similar things (pushing ads) this will be standard soon. static information on memory cards is yesterday, and of course we will have ad blockers too to not get annoyed by it.

Navionics marine charts (Platinum) have interactive content depending on gps location and have never had the thought of putting that information on static
memory cards.

The fact that Australia has stone age communication due to Telstra not opening their towers for competition in country coverage and the government not pushing fast communication does not help.

What you describe is a software application and nothing concerning GPS systems. They are dinosaurs anyway and should be distinct in a few years when we have decent mobile computers running the applications we need including vehicle diagnostics (as I have it today - see www.autoenginuity.com)
or the workshop manuals on DVD or flash cards (I have a DVD for all US GM vehicles up to 2008) running in my car pc. That PC runs ALL applications I need (Autopilot, OZI Explorer, MP3 Musicbox for audio books and music, Internet with Browser and Email, the control software for my Ham Radios, Analogue (still) and digital TV (although I hardly use it),APRS tracking for people I'd like to stay in touch with, recording security cameras, wifi N-type wireless interface when public access is available (also VERY limited in Australia) and a few other things.

There might be a market for static content nut I see it as limited because the info is outdated very quickly and usually biased by the providers or paid contents.

good luck
gmd


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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 15:42

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 15:42
"should be distinct in a few years...."

thanks for the contribution.

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Follow Up By: _gmd_pps - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 16:22

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 16:22
oops .. extinct of course .. what did I think :)) lol
thanks for the hint
gmd
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Follow Up By: Gnomey - Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 07:43

Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 at 07:43
Oops. Premature submission. Here's the edited version.

I have to disagree and politely so of course. High speed internet access isn't always the answer to everything. A fat pipe that connects to an open sewer of undifferentiated information with Google as your filter isn't necessarily what I would want to rely on if parked on the approach to a locality about which I wanted to know something for travel and tourism purposes. My attention span at this point? Maybe 10-15 minutes.

I'd probably much prefer info in the top 5-10 categories favoured in a poll of EO members because of the likely fit between my interests/needs and theirs. Give me www or fixed media access to that and i might be a subscriber.

Even (and especially) when we can do everything from everywhere for almost nothing - (relevant) content will still be king.

Just my $0.02AUD.

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Reply By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 22:51

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 22:51
I recall reading somewhere that it available for areas on the F Peninular in SA, ie south of Adelaide. So not new. But a great opportunity for this site to get on the ban wagon.
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Reply By: G.T. - Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 11:53

Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 11:53
Money making idea? Get a job! Lol . Regards G.T.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 15:21

Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 15:21
Thanks for your contribution GT.

or should it be GF.

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Reply By: Member - Jim G1 (QLD) - Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 15:34

Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 15:34
The NT Tourism office are getting close with their app for the iPhone called OutbackNT. It has destinations, videos, search, position, and even when you are bored you an learn to play the didgeridoo with
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