Month: December 2011

Smartphones, tablets, and GPS accuracy….

Smartphones, tablets, and GPS accuracy….

I am consistently amazed by the quality of the GPS chipsets present in average smartphones and tablets. Typically these devices give location readings with accuracies of 10 of meters, although under ideal conditions I have seen several Android phones report an accuracy of 2 meters! This is pretty impressive considering that these devices do so much beyond just GPS. Still it is a fair question to ask, “Can a...
eCatch 2.0 – rebuilding sustainable fisheries on the California coast using GIS

eCatch 2.0 – rebuilding sustainable fisheries on the California coast using GIS

If you follow environmental news then you probably already read about eCatch, a new iPad app developed by The Nature Conservancy that gives fishermen real-time access to the latest information on where the fish are – the abundant ones they want to catch and the overfished ones they need to avoid. The basic idea behind eCatch is that some fish are becoming endangered through overfishing, and the best way...