With our devices beside us at all times recording everything we do, they also can track where we go. If you have ever accessed your location history in Google Maps you will see everywhere you have been. You can use a variation of this in location apps that is pretty interesting. We call it Tracking yourself with GPX.
Now don’t get all strange on us just yet that we are talking about your location history. This can be used for some interesting things.
Most of the time when we view our location data in your mapping app of choice we are looking at an individual trip or line from point A to point B. Take the image above for example of a typical ski day. We ski a lot in the winter and we wanted to test out an idea with a location activity tracker for snow sports. The one we tested with was Trace Snow. Instead of just viewing one “trip” or day on the mountain like the sample what if you could overlay an entire season? Like this one.
Ok now that starts to tell a story of activity over time. Frequented locations are darker in color. And you can start to see the entire resort structure in both lifts and runs if you know what you are looking at. This is Park City Mountain Resort by the way.
So what is this GPX we are talking about? It’s the base format to record GPS location, or GPS Exchange Format. You have to export each day from your tracker and through some conversion and overlay we can put them all together for you. Tracking yourself with GPX can be a very useful tool when used correctly. When used in 3D it’s even more impressive.
With an aerial background this time.