OK... So it may seem a bit odd... You may ask why would I want to integrate my GPS with a pedometer... but actually this is about me finding a way to quickly share my GPS routes with other peeps.
With the latest version of the code, whenever I browse to the excellent GMAP Pedometer site then the toolbar asks me if I want to insert a GPS run onto the google map - then once I've done that I can use the "normal" pedometer facilities in order to save the route and share it with others :-)
Overall it seems to work quite well at present. There are a few problems I've seen:
- It can be a bit slow - I wish there was a quicker way of getting hold of the track information from the Garmin but currently the only way is to get hold of all the track information (which can take quite a lot of time!).
- You can only upload the last 32 "runs" - that's all that the Garmin seems to store.
- Google maps does cause Internet Exploder to explode occasionally (which is particularly bad in this current heat)
- I'm currently not uploading all the details to the map - there are just too many data points - instead I upload about one point every half minute of exercise - I might work on this later!
Also in the latest installer (available on http://lodge.stuart.googlepages.com/HollywoodInstall.msi) is:
- small fix to missing value (fastest speed) in summary info for Fetch
- some small speed improvements for collecting information from the 301.
- the addition of a few extra UI feedback features (including the requested double-clicking within the select run dialog).
Please note that all testing is currently being done only on the Forerunner 301 v 3.20 talking over USB to a PC running Windows XP SP2.
I have looked at some prototype code for the 201 connected via RS232, but haven't yet tested it (due to lack of hardware and time).