Daily Giz Wiz 427: Freedom Mini GPS

Episode 427 of the podcast

Freedom Mini GPS
Subject: Review of Freedom Mini GPS
Released:Tuesday 23 October 2007
Length:about 17 minutes
Download file:dgw0427.mp3 (7.9 MB)

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Short info

It's turn the tables Tuesday, and Leo reviews the Freedom Mini GPS for use with PDAs and smartphones (like his Blackberry).

Detailed information

Leo's new Blackberry Curve 8320 (Episode 422) does not come with GPS, so he goes straight to Crackberry to get the Freedom Keychain GPS, or mini GPS, a bluetooth GPS device that connects to portable devices such as PDA, laptops and cellphones including Blackberry phones via Bluetooth Version 2.0 Class II, within a range of 10m.  It is not bundled with any software, but is intended to work with the software that comes with, or can be downloaded for, your individual portable device, such as Google Maps or Blackberry Maps.  Having a separate GPS module also means less drain on the battery of your portable device.  It comes with a car charger cable and a USB cable for charging the battery.
It uses the new SiRF Star III chipset, with 20 channels "All-In-View" Tracking.  It also loads up quickly, in about 20 seconds on his Blackberry Curve 8320.

Time Scales

Jayzee, better known as Toyota Boy on DGW, is amused by the logic of the canine time scale - the dog years (Episode 420), and muses about the time scales for the housefly and the redwood tree.

1 vs 100

Henry Laporte has followed Leo's footsteps by being featured in the latest issue of Mad, in an article on the game show 1 vs 100.  That gets Dick and Leo on to their favourite subject, game shows.  For the story on Leo's appearance in Mad, see Episode 61.

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