Monday, July 21, 2008

Epic Journey Completion: Check.

Craig Stanton officially completed his epic walking journey across Japan. After 95 days and 6 hours he reached Japan's most northerly point: Cape Soya.

From "So now I’m done. Tomorrow I can dress in denim and cotton, buy heavy food, drink alcohol if I choose and generally return to modern life. It’s not going to be as dramatic as leaving the PCT that’s for sure. I’ve been near society here almost all the way. With Tania at my side we’re off for some sightseeing and birthday relaxing. The daily updates will stop but I’ll post when I can with new stories and photos. The difference being I am no longer just one man, and I am no longer walking."

We wish Craig the best in returning to normal life and are sitting on the edge of our seats for his next journey.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Geo-Caching on Seero

One really cool application of Seero currently is the coverage of geo-caching adventures. Geocaching is an adventure game where a participant stores a 'cache' in the real world and logs it's GPS position online. Other participants can then try to locate this cache with their GPS device. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards.

Seero user mik3tv has been recently broadcasting his geo-cache video adventures. He utilizes a Garmin eTrek both to locate a cache, as well as to log his GPS position on Seero. He shoots video of his adventure and then syncs the GPS file to the video during the upload. Overall, this provides a great way for video and GPS coverage of any Geo-Caching.

You can check out some more of Mike's Geo-Cache videos on his site.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Classic McQueen Chase with GPS tracking

A user named 'Steve McQueen' recently posted a really cool video clip from his namesake's classic movie 'Bullitt'. The high speed chase follows McQueen in a 1968 Ford Mustang 390 CID Fastback as he speeds through San Francisco's hilly streets. The GPS tracking adds a cool new dimension to the whole chase and it could be interesting to see other famous movie scenes mapped out. The tracking also points out some inconsistency to where the actual film was shot, jumping from downtown to the Marina to Daly City during the chase. The Bullitt chase track has been mapped out once before statically on Google Maps.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Craig Stanton Update

For those of you who have been following Craig Stanton's journey, he is currently well into the Northern reaches of Japan. He has been hiking over the past two months from the southern tip of Japan to Hokkaido in the far North (aprox. 3500 km total). During his journey he has explored ancient temples, felt huge earthquakes, been featured in local Japanese newspapers and slept under the shelters of friendly villagers. You can follow his day-to-day travels at his blog One Man Walking.

Craig has been using Seero as the engine to upload and geo-tag the videos of his adventure.

He has also used Seero's KML layering feature to export the map of his videos to his own blog (click the 'video' checkbox).

We are really excited here to see Craig complete his epic journey!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Seero puppy-sitting

Over the past month Seero has been the virtual host to a litter of Jack Russel puppies out of San Carlos, CA. The mom's name is Roxie and we've been watching her pups grow up, live and on-location.

Although they aren't mobile reporters, travel guides or cross country explorers, they are extremely cute. The broadcaster is a dog breeder and they will be available on 7/8/2008, if anyone is interested. Be sure to tune in and check them out, and if you aren't sure which is which here is a little guide from the owner:

Their names are, Hoss (boy Black right ear), Dollar – Nickles ‘n Dimes (Boy black on left ear), Dora the Explorer (smallest girl fuzzy one), Ruffles has Ridges (one that has a ridge going down her forehead Girl), and Sugar – You’re my candy girl (chubby girl).

Monday, June 9, 2008

The Lost Ring Integrates with Seero

Seero has integrated it's technology with 'The Lost Ring', a global immersive adventure game.

'It's an alternate reality game — an interactive story you help tell, by piecing together clues online and in the real world. The game started in March 2008, and you can join any time. Where does it all lead? To the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where players will join forces online and across the globe to help save the worlds.'

Seero is providing the platform for players to utilize and share their video and GPS content online. Players around the world are recording their GPX trails using tracksticks. They can then upload their GPX trails and correlated video content to Seero. The culmination of all their trails will be displayed in a Lost Ring KML Layer on Google Earth.

This game should be ramping up as the Olympics approach, so be sure to keep up with the adventure as it unfolds.

One aspect of the game is Labyrinth Running, an ancient Olympic sport:

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Seero GPX Functionality

Seero recently implemented the feature for users to upload a GPX file along with their pre-recorded videos. This feature opens up the geo-locational doors for all those people out there recording video with their digital camcorders and cameras. (No internet connectivity necessary!)

All you need to do is switch on a device that records and outputs GPX (the standard GPS logging format) while you are shooting your video. When you're finished, you upload your video and GPX file to Seero. You can then sync your GPX route to your video time-line based on your location.

One GPX recording device we've been trying out is the Trackstick. It's very simple to use: you simply switch it on to start recording your trail and turn it off when you're done. You plug it into a USB port on your computer and use the track stick software to upload your GPX trail.

MobileTracker for Blackberry also has an option to output to GPX, which allows all you blackberry users to utilize this new feature.

If you are using a GPS device that outputs in its own native format (Garmin), there is a nifty tool called GPS Babel that allows you to convert to GPX.

One of our broadcasters, AtlasRider, has already utilized the GPX feature to track some of his motorcycle trips (see embed below):