Using your phone GPS and 3D Google Earth.

The following was done (this morning) using a Nokia N95 (which has inbuilt GPS), Sportstracker software (free from Nokia). The data was then transported into Google Earth for viewing. Basically I turned the phone on, ran the software, drove to work and then saved the resulting file to my desktop. Pretty easy.

Here’s the story:
1) Run a workout in Sportstracker (Free download to the Nokia N95).

2)Watch how it absorbs all your GPS data as you take a drive around town. This data includes location, altitude, speed, distance etc.

OK – now dump this into some mapping software and straight onto the map. You simply run Google Earth (Desktop App) and Menu>Open the .kml file:
(You can save this data out of your phone as a .gpx for other sites like MapMyRun)

Note the height data is brought onto the map too.It’s actually much more realistic than Googles height data.

The line is interactive, so you can see your fastest point etc.

So what are the specific applications? Well if you’re into sport, then you can also import your GPS data into sites like MapMyRun which is a very good site. The point is that the phone GPS works well and contains a lot more data than say the NikePlus (ipod Nano add on for running). Maybe a bit heavy to carry tho. There are many ways in which GPS data can be used and we’re only just seeing the start of B2B B2C and C2C applications. The good news is the technology is becoming affordable, and the dots are starting to connect.

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7 Responses

  1. Albert G. says:


    I’m wondering if is possible to have the N95 sending GPS coordinates in real time to Google Earth running on a laptop. Any ideia ?


  2. faeganjc says:

    I need to get this on my phone soon…

  3. eunmac says:

    Hi Albert,

    You would have to create a custom app which runs on your phone. The guys in here have written a something similar which sends co-ordinates to google earth running in a browser inside flash.

    Should be working here

    Look for the girl with the red bikini (strange but true).

  4. Rob says:

    This is fantastic i’ll finaly be able to find out how fast im actualy traveling when i go out sking.

  5. visit says:

    Your site looks great! Best of luck to you.

  6. Forrest says:

    Does the phone record using KML format natively, or is that what the software is for? Maybe it gives you GPX files?

    It’s odd that Nokia has software called SportsTracker; I use something called SportTracks ( desktop software ) to get pretty much the same results. I was a bit confused reading your blog post for a moment…

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