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GPS for GBA

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the only-room-for-one-gadget-in-your-bag dept.

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Grey Ninja writes "I just came across a preview for a new gadget that's going to be demoed at E3, which is a GPS and map attachment for your GBA. It should be mentioned that you can pre-order now and get $50 off. " I can't imagine very many useful applications for this, but it sure is nifty.

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GPS for the Parent (2, Interesting)

mfh (56) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099384)

It's 11pm, do you know where your kids are?
Well... now you do!

Re:GPS for the Parent (3, Funny)

darien (180561) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099391)

Dude, it's GPS. Now they know where they are.

Re:GPS for the Parent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099398)

Dude, it's GPS. Now they know where they are.

Of course they know where they are. They're somewhere in the dark side of Hyrule.

Re:GPS for the Parent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099903)

Funny and insightful. :)

Applications (0)

mfh (56) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099452)

The /. abstract suggested that there might not be many uses for GBA GPS, so I offered one; track your kids. If the satellite can find them and tell them where they are, it can sure as hell tell *you* where they are!

Re:Applications (5, Informative)

darien (180561) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099474)

Dude, do you know how GPS works? A GPS unit on the ground listens to the signals from a couple of different GPS satellites and uses the information in those signals to triangulate its own position relative to the satellites (that's a very simplified explanation, but that's basically how it works). The satellites don't "find" you or "tell you where you are." They just beam messages down to the surface. They have no idea where, or by whom, those messages are being received.

Re:Applications (1)

whoda (569082) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099671)

The satellites don't "find" you or "tell you where you are."

Of course, once the GPS unit has computed your position, anything with RF transmission capability can phone home and relay that information.

These radio's [rei.com] do just that.
So does this Air Force SAR [fas.org] radio.
Even this thing like LoJack called ThiefJack [gpsonsale.com]
Even the Call For Help Watch [safetyands...center.com] to track your children can do it.

I would pretty much assume that this technology will be in every GPS capable device within the next few years.

Re:Applications (1)

mfh (56) | more than 9 years ago | (#9100094)

> Of course, once the GPS unit has computed your position, anything with RF transmission capability can phone home and relay that information.

And that was pretty much what I meant. ;-)

Thanks for bailing me out!!! hehe

Re:Applications (4, Insightful)

toesate (652111) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099528)

If the satellite can find them and tell them where they are, it can sure as hell tell *you* where they are!

Maybe, maybe not. There are a huge set of assumptions if it can.

One of the key challenge for the location based services (via mobile phone and/or gps) is the tedious management of access groups and permissions.

It has to do with privacy issues essentially.

A simple scenerio is - the owner of their location information have the full ownership on how they want their location information be shared, and with who.

However, like many other services, location based services, for example, tracking, is usually done with a third party involved - acting like a proxy agent, and as such must have certain permission set from the owner of the location information.

To make things more challenging, we can add another role, by having a guardian over the owner of the location information.

And the quick question now is - who owns the location information? The owner of the location information or the guardian of the owner? There are no easy answers.

Anyway - nowadays, knowing where the kids are is a _willing_ mobile phone call away.

Re:Applications (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099654)

If people on SLASHDOT don't even know such a basic concept that GPS does not broadcast one's position, I'm truly afraid for the general public. This is why we get movies like that stupid Cloning one thats out now: pure ignorance.

Re:GPS for the Parent (4, Informative)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099746)

It's 11pm, do you know where your kids are? Well... now you do!

Global Positioning, not Tracking. GPS units are entirely passive. The only person who knows where a given GPS is located is the person holding the GPS. Unless you're going to also fit the children with a cellular telemetry rig or something, only the kids will know where they are.

I know... (1)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099385)

It's so you can track your kids! Or, umm, so your wife can track you?

Re:I know... (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099414)

Um... the GPS is in the GBA, which you would presumably be carrying with you. Unless your wife had her own GBA with the GPS module and you had a GBA with the GPS module and she could somehow pinpoint where you are through hers. Although, with some sort of logging capability I suppose your wife could make you pull out the GBA the next morning to find out it shows you were really working late the previous night or out boozing at strip clubs.

Rob Malda Rapes Little Girls (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099389)

Slashdot Editor admits sex with girl, 14

By Harry Balzac and Imma Screamer
Newhouse News Service


Slashdot Editor Rob Malda admitted yesterday he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was 35 and editor of Slashdot, and said he is resigning all his public and private positions to "rebuild my life."

In an extraordinary and emotional 50-minute confession to The Oregonian, Malda said he has lived for 30 years with the "enormous guilt and shame" of the nine-month relationship. He said deteriorating health -- heart arrhythmia and blocked arteries -- and knowledge that media accounts of the sex scandal were about to unfold, made him come forward.

"I'm just living with this personal hell," said Malda, 63, occasionally choking back tears. "The lie has gone on too long."

His sudden withdrawal from public life, just months after being named president of the state Board of Higher Education, throws into disarray a planned overhaul of the state's university system. He has resigned from the board and taken a leave of absence from his consulting firm, Malda Imeson Carter.

It also complicates the proposed sale of Slashdot General Electric. Malda, who would have been the chairman of the state's largest utility, said he is stepping away from the deal.

Malda, who was married at the time of the relationship, said he agreed to a financial settlement with the woman, who is now 43. He did so after being contacted by the woman's lawyer.

According to Oregon laws in effect in 1975, sexual intercourse with a girl under age 16 constituted third-degree rape, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The statute of limitations at that time was three years from the commission of the crime.

Asked whether he had thought about the legal ramifications, Malda said he didn't think there are any.

The revelations dramatically end the career of one of Oregon's most influential public figures. At age 32, he became the nation's youngest big-city mayor, going on to become transportation secretary for the Carter administration and Oregon Editor from 1986 to 1990. He was an executive with Nike and has been a successful international trade consultant since the early 1990s.

Throughout his political career, rumors of extramarital relationships circulated around Malda. He tacitly acknowledged yesterday that the rumors had merit.

"If people work hard enough, I think you'll find indiscretions," he said, "but nothing as ugly as this."

He chose not to run for a second term as Editor after his first marriage fell apart.

Malda acknowledged that his past behavior will forever taint his political legacy, as well as put at risk others associated with his work, including his longtime friend, Editor Ted Kulongoski.

Yesterday , with wife Diana Malda at his side, Rob Malda quietly gave details of the secret he kept quiet for three decades. Holding little back, he said the girl was a neighbor and the daughter of a woman who worked on his mayoral campaign. He said they would meet "off and on." No one knew about the relationship except the girl's mother, he said.

The relationship began in 1975 and ended sometime in 1976. He did not say why it ended. He said he had little if any contact with her until after he became Editor.

Malda said a rumor about the relationship surfaced during his 1986 gubernatorial campaign, but didn't affect the race. However, after he took office, he heard that she had been talking openly about it .

She was "in a public establishment, and I would presume, not entirely in great shape, telling the world she had had a relationship with me," Malda said. At that point, he said, he arranged to meet with her. He continued to see or talk to her intermittently, but always either on the phone or with others in the room.

He said she never asked for money or any kind of specific help. Then, in 1994, her lawyer, Jeff Foote, of Slashdot, contacted Malda.

"She wanted two things -- an apology and help starting her life over," Malda said

A conservatorship was established as part of a legal settlement. He said he had to borrow money to fund it.

Foote yesterday confirmed the sexual relationship while Malda was mayor and the financial settlement reached in 1994.

Malda said he never believed the settlement would end the risk of the relationship becoming public. "This day has been a long time coming," he said.

A large measure of the guilt he feels is because of how much he believes this will hurt his family, friends and political associates.

Margie Malda, his wife at the time of the relationship, declined yesterday to say when or how she learned of it. The Maldas' 25-year marriage ended while he was still Editor in 1990, their separation shattering re-election plans.

But Margie Malda said the relationship was not the precipitating factor.

"These are things that are private between Rob and I," said Malda, 60. "I made a decision there are some things that really aren't anyone else's business. I know people are curious, but I don't feel the need to answer those questions."

Re:Rob Malda Rapes Little Girls (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099421)

Serves that spic right.

Ehe (2, Funny)

tigress (48157) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099395)

Just wait for Nintendo Club Airlines to start offering cheap flights to exotic places, to find your rare Pokémons at. =)

Re:Ehe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9100647)

I don't know whether to laugh at that thought or not... Considering how that craze just keeps growing, somehow I wouldn't put it past them to do something insane like that.

They call 'em pocket monsters. I call 'em wallet monsters.

you can't? (2, Interesting)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099397)

I know plenty of people that use a handheld and a GPS. Consolidating the number of devices I have to hold when geocaching [geocaching.com] would be a great thing... I currently have the GPS, a digital camera, and a Sidekick. I sometimes have to bring along other things like a headlamp, etc.

If I could have a reliable GPS unit that was attached to my PDA and it still functioned as well as a handheld one I would love it.

Re:you can't? (4, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099404)

Except that the GBA's GPS product is $250! It's a neat idea, but for that money I'll just go buy a dedicated GPS unit. It'll probably outlast my GBA and there will come a time when I won't care to tote my GBA around and play games on it anymore - whereas my GPS unit would probably have a constant place on my hip.

Re:you can't? (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099411)

except that my first GPS unit was $300 and my next one will likely be in the $400 range. I would love a color GPS unit.

Re:you can't? (3, Insightful)

metamatic (202216) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099628)

If I could have a reliable GPS unit that was attached to my PDA and it still functioned as well as a handheld one I would love it.

So buy a Garmin iQue.

Re:you can't? (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#9100364)

a Garmin iQue is a lot more money, is apparently not all that great at anything it does, and is PocketPC OS.

Taco and his bitch wife (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099401)

Why?

Why is the GBA the center of portable gaming? (5, Interesting)

brxndxn (461473) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099407)

Nintendo really does have a monopoly on portable gaming. The GBA is 1/10 as powerful as most handheld PDAs, the screen is hard to see (even on the newer SP), and yet they come out with a GPS attachment for it that will only work for the GBA. Plus, I can't see entering address information with five buttons being very viable.

Though GPS on a GBA is somewhat nifty, I think that a normal compactflash (or other media style) of GPS unit for a PDA would be more useful.

Perhaps Nintendo can turn global navigation into a 2d mario-style game. Then, I could break the road blocks in my way by jumping up at them.

Re:Why is the GBA the center of portable gaming? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099450)

You can't see entering address information with five buttons being very viable, eh?

Have you even looked at other GPS devices? Garmin eTrex, for example, has five buttons as well. Only one is used for entering address information. I would love to have a GPS with a colour screen. The only downside I see to this is backlighting and accurate maps. Nothing else.

Re:Why is the GBA the center of portable gaming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099467)

>and yet they come out with a GPS attachment for it >that will only work for the GBA.

AHEM. The product is by a 3rd-party. The N has no say in this, except maybe the approval process for the ROM.

>Perhaps Nintendo can turn global navigation into a >2d mario-style game.

The THIRD-PARTY is certainly looking into this. They even have it on their website (GPS gaming).

Re:Why is the GBA the center of portable gaming? (2, Insightful)

ndnet (3243) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099500)

Why? A few reasons...

1) Technical and usability superiority over all direct competitors.
Face it - no other portable game system has been able to go toe-to-toe with the game boy and win. The series has good design, a large library, and no 'major' design flaws (the screen on GBA was the closest, and it wasn't bad enough - compared with Game Gear (eat through 6 AA batteries in an hour or so) or Neo Geo Pocket (suprisingly poor screen, hooks up to a dead game system, no games available.)

2) Marketing
Nintendo knows the portable game market. They know what game to push for, which ones will flop, how not to frustrate gamers, where the money is. They have a huge library that they keep expanding - not just getting new games made, but getting them on salesfloors and in people's hands.

3) Price
Those gaming PDAs are really nice, and I'd kill for one. But, unlike a GBA SP, which is $100 (unless you're savvy, in which case it's $80), the Zodiac, etc. are very expensive ($200+) and most parents don't want to spend that much on features that won't be used. And regular PDAs? Pshaw! They don't have the sound hardware for it - it's harder than just playing an MP3.

Notice that while the GBA has huge numbers of potential competitors, none of them can compete. I imagine that if Nintendo were to collaspe, you'd see five different systems in the portable gaming market within a year.

Re:Why is the GBA the center of portable gaming? (2, Informative)

I confirm I'm not a (720413) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099503)

Why is Nintendo so entrenched in portable gaming? Long-term involvment. Just yesterday I was busy with all the home's computers, so my girlfriend dug out some old (1983!) Nintendo "game and watches" I have. They still work, they're still fun.

I agree that GPS on the GBA seems odd, though, but I'd guess the target market is more youthful - the kind of market that (like my niece!) loves Barbie Walkie-Talkies, and can accept the imitations.

Perhaps Nintendo can turn global navigation into a 2d mario-style game. Then, I could break the road blocks in my way by jumping up at them.

I'm sold! Reminds me of a marathon Sonic-the-Hedgehog-and-beer session at college, and the journey to the pub afterwards: took me the entire journey to realise my "jump button" wasn't working...!

Re:Why is the GBA the center of portable gaming? (1)

toesate (652111) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099587)

Perhaps Nintendo can turn global navigation into a 2d mario-style game. Then, I could break the road blocks in my way by jumping up at them.

That will be cool.. imagine a gameplay scenerio build based on surrounding.

However, where mobile gaming is concern, I think GBA is quite behind other players - assuming the purpose of the GPS module is for mobile gaming intention, like suggested.

N-Gage, for example, although criticised, is actually a better platform for mobile gaming, with possibilities like bluetooth gaming and over-the-air gaming.

Re:Why is the GBA the center of portable gaming? (2, Insightful)

PhoenixFlare (319467) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099672)

However, where mobile gaming is concern, I think GBA is quite behind other players -

Not to try and actively bash you here, but as far as general market data and public opinion appears, you are in a microscopic minority.

By way of an example [the-magicbox.com] or two [the-magicbox.com] , the hardware sales for the GBA and GBA SP combined are outstripping even the PS2 in both the US and Japan.

Contrary to what you may think by browsing some of the bigger gaming message boards, many people play the system/games they do because it's FUN, not because it has the most neato whiz-bang technical specs.

N-Gage, for example, although criticised, is actually a better platform for mobile gaming, with possibilities like bluetooth gaming and over-the-air gaming.

If you overlook all the other glaring, horrible flaws it has, maybe. Nokia is supposedly going to/has redesigned the thing, but at this point there's a mountain of negative publicity and public opinion to overcome.

And even then, simply having wireless capabilities does not make it a better platform - I understand that Nintendo will soon be releasing ( in the US ) a 2.4 Ghz wireless adapter, packaged with the Pokemon Fire Red and Leaf Green remakes.

Re:Why is the GBA the center of portable gaming? (1)

thryllkill (52874) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099708)

you should take your SP back to the store if the screen is hard to see. Mine is crisp and colorful, and great in the daylight, even better in the dark.

Re:Why is the GBA the center of portable gaming? (1)

awerg (201320) | more than 9 years ago | (#9100170)

Two words --- Battery Life. The average gba will last 10-18 hours.

Re:Why is the GBA the center of portable gaming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9100430)

I own a Garmin eTrek GPS for when I go backpacking. It has only four buttons on it...

FUCK YOU CMDRTACO! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099409)

Errr... (0, Redundant)

Wes Janson (606363) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099410)

To sum up a bunch of inevitable comments right now....


Why?

Re:Errr... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099673)

To sum up a bunch of inevitable replies to you summary of inevitable comments:

Welcome to Slashdot, you must be new here.

Re:Why? (2, Interesting)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099698)

Where are we Dad?

Dad, are we there yet?

Is it much farther, Dad?

Dad, how much farther is it?

Where are we Dad?

Real life pacman... (2, Interesting)

moxruby (152805) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099412)

I'm sure this could be incorporated into the real-life pacman played on the streets of new york...

Yet another thing to lose when the tough guys come rolling...

Re:Real life pacman... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099423)

I'm sure this could be incorporated into the real-life pacman played on the streets of new york...

Yeah, but where are you possibly gonna find pills on the streets of New York that make you feel invincible???

Re:Real life pacman... (1)

moxruby (152805) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099431)

Yeah, but where are you possibly gonna find pills on the streets of New York that make you feel invincible???

The local crack dealer would be a good start.

No... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099545)

...he asked where, not how. A better question would have been from whom. Anyway, we'd all appriciate the dope on the skinny. Errr, the skinny on the dope. Whatever.

Re:No... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099697)

I like to play with my anus when I masturbate.

Re:Real life pacman... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099531)


I'm sure this could be incorporated into the real-life pacman played on the streets of new york...

From the Pac Manhattan website [pacmanhattan.com] :

Q: Why didn't you use GPS?
A: We tried track the players using GPS, but ran into two problems: (1) GPS does not work well in "urban canyons", where the signal is reflected off large buildings and (2) we could not find an easy (read: cheap) way to send the geo-coordinate data from the GPS receiver back to the network. (It's hard to connect serial data to cellphones and PCMCIA cellular cards are expensive). Anyone want to donate equipment?

Great (2, Funny)

Eudial (590661) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099441)

Jay! Now i can know where i am without looking up from my games!

Re:Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099661)

Jay! Now i can know where i am without looking up from my games!

I know this is a funny.

But it is still a valid point. Just think of how often you have to interrupt a game in progress because of some distraction - like looking up at where you are walking into.

Handy for travellers... (4, Interesting)

Fex303 (557896) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099449)

I can't imagine very many useful applications for this, but it sure is nifty.

I can think of market that this might really appeal to... Backpackers and other travellers. Lots of gamers buy a GBA when travelling for a long time (something to do on the plane, etc). If they could use it when they get to their destination to help find their way around then I guess a fair number of nerdy backpackers would pay for one.

I know I would have killed for one of these when I was in London a little while ago. I kept getting lost at four in the morning in some maze of lanes near Soho, with my guidebook sitting on the couch where I was staying. A GBA is light and easy to carry/store, I'd rather haul that around than my Lonely Planet guide.

It seems like there's some sort of internal memory in the unit, in which case it should be able to simply download new maps (via USB maybe?). This would rock if you were travelling through Europe and staying in lots of large towns, for example. Just grab the next map at an internet café and you're set.

This is to say nothing of the possibilities with regards to GPS gaming. I can think of a bunch, especially if the games can be downloaded and localised. Among the more annoying/money making: Advertisers could have you unlock extra features of a game (secret Pokemon, etc) when you enter one of their stores...

Re:Handy for travellers... (1)

wadiwood (601205) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099521)

I'd have loved to have a GPS that told me which train station was which. Travelling around Sydney by train as a tourist, half the time I'd never see the name of the train station. It would be nice to be able to program it to say, you are 200m from the station. You are in the station, get the *(^* off the train NOW. Beep. And the counter to that would be one that tells me to stop reading my book when the bus shows up at the bus stop. I hate how you can't just zone out on public transport. You have to pay attention to all the busses to see if this one is yours, and then you have to pay attention to which stop you're at so you get off at the right place. Other than that, you'd want a pretty good map to go with the GPS. The GPS will tell you where you are but they are less than helpful in telling you which road is the right one. Try it on the approach to the Northern end of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Nup, no idea what lane I should be in, most of the time. The whole deal looks like tangled spagetti if all the spagetti was merged in the middle.

Re:Handy for travellers... (2, Interesting)

Technician (215283) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099636)

Backpackers and other travellers

Why would a backpacker want to deal with water damage and fragile connections? For about the same price, get a handheld map GPS that is waterproof and floats. I use a handheld GPS. If I want to connect it to a laptop or handheld, I can connect the cable, but a GPS that does not work when your gameboy dies doesn't seem very useful. The ability to interconnect is nice. Leaving some weight home and still having a useful tool is even better.

Re:Handy for travellers... (1)

Fex303 (557896) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099695)

Why would a backpacker want to deal with water damage and fragile connections?

Final Fantasy Tactics. 'Nuff said. But there's also Fire Emblem, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3 (worst game numbering ever!), Kirby, Advance Wars 1&2, I could go on...

Just 'cause you're seeing the world doesn't mean you need to go without games. Travelling can be amazing, but there's long, boring periods where a waterproof GPS (that may or may not be able to have maps uploaded to it) really isn't as much fun as a GBA.

Re:Handy for travellers... (1)

Technician (215283) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099890)

Just 'cause you're seeing the world doesn't mean you need to go without games. Travelling can be amazing, but there's long, boring periods where a waterproof GPS (that may or may not be able to have maps uploaded to it) really isn't as much fun as a GBA.


I guess the point I was trying to make, is if I want to leave the Game Boy home and take just the GPS, I can still use a stand alone handheld GPS but not with the Game Boy dongle. Most stand alone handheld GPS units have an output so they can be tethered to a laptop or handheld if desired. The other problem is if (I know true geeks don't have wifes and kids) you have kids, it's hard to use the GPS while they play with the GBA. I thought the GBA used expensive memory (propritory) instead of off the shelf camera flash of one type or another. My handheld computer and my camera uses the same type memory. GBA is yet another memory format that won't interchange with any of my other devices.

Translation: (4, Insightful)

cperciva (102828) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099454)

Grey Ninja writes "
I just came across a preview for a new gadget that's going to be demoed at E3, which is a GPS and map attachment for your GBA.
Grey Ninja writes "I work for a company which is trying to find suckers willing to buy our latest toy.
It should be mentioned that you can pre-order now and get $50 off."
If you pre-order now, you'll get $50 off. If you wait until after the release, the price will drop by $100 when we realize that this is useless junk which nobody wants to buy."
I can't imagine very many useful applications for this, but it sure is nifty.
Sounds like junk to me, but they paid for the advertising spot.

Re:Translation: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099499)

Your hunch is probably true. Judging by this post [slashdot.org] , the submitter sounds like a GBA developer. Who else would know that kind of stuff?

as useful as... (2, Insightful)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099458)

I can't imagine very many useful applications for this, but it sure is nifty.

It's about as useful as... any basic handheld GPS unit. I don't have much use for one myself, but a fair number of people seem to.

WHY? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099745)

Just go to Target and pick up a Garmin.
Less money and smaller total size.
And it works.

Re:as useful as... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9100708)

I belive the gps system is used by games so you can steal cars in what ever city you are really in. I forgot where i read about this.

TACO'S WIFE'S A DYKE (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099465)

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no applications need apply (2, Interesting)

moviepig.com (745183) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099486)

I can't imagine very many useful applications for this...

For years, I've driven with a triple-A card and a statewide mapbook on hand. I've seldom actually used either, but having them affords me a certain (justified or not) peace of mind in plunging into new automotive adventures.

GPS/maps increase that same sort of assurance, and this gizmo seems to significantly commoditize the technology. I suspect that lack of a specific application won't matter.

GPS Triangulation (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099491)

I was reading an article about this, and found it to be pretty interesting. It [about.com] is a bit technical, but I think I got the gist of it.

MOD PARENT DOWN! DISGUSTING GAY PORN! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099507)

GPS for patients (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099512)

I was reading an article about this, and found it to be pretty interesting. It [about.com] is a bit technical, but I think I got the gist of it.

ANOTHER PORN REDIRECT! DO YOUR JOBS MODS! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099517)

I knew it! (1)

imidazole2 (776413) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099516)

Thats why I brought my GameBoy wherever we went... on trips... to school... when we went camping... Because I KNEW there would be a practical purpose someday! (Aside from as a flashlight, if you've got the "I take 4 AA batteries yet my light only lasts a whole 2 hours" flashlight attachment.

Re:I knew it! (2, Informative)

Technician (215283) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099662)

"I take 4 AA batteries yet my light only lasts a whole 2 hours" flashlight attachment.

Dude! Trade that in. Eveready makes a nice folding LED reading/tent light. (it looks like a miniture folding flouresent lantern) It claims 200 hours on a set of batteries. I can't verify the claim as I'm still on my first set of batteries from last summer.

Re:I knew it! (1)

dasmegabyte (267018) | more than 9 years ago | (#9100972)

I swear by my Petzl LED headlamp. Put it on and there's no night in the woods. I burn a set of batteries in it every summer...but I use rechargable alkalines, which are good for about 100 rechargings, so I don't expect to buy batteries in my lifetime.

GPS Triangulation (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099530)

I was reading an article about this, and found it to be pretty interesting. It [about.com] is a bit technical, but I think I got the jist of it.

I SWEAR TO GOD I WILL FIND YOU AND KICK YOUR ASS! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099547)

Pokemon world just got alot bigger (2, Interesting)

Fullmetal Edward (720590) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099546)

Theres already alot of evidence that Pokemon regions are based on real places, with the wireless adapter you can goto see the 7th movie and it'll give you a special ticket toaccess the last pokemon in the pokedex not avaible any other way.

It wouldn't surprize me for them to use the GPS (if they also do it with the DS) so you can wander from tokyo and each area will have different pokemon. It could even make the area around you and turn it into a map (think diablo 2 style but with real stuff). Hell they could have it so as you move your character moves.

Very unlikely but it'd be a cool idea and might incourage a bit of tourism in Japan.

Re:Pokemon world just got alot bigger (1)

zenneth (767572) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099630)

Because as we all know, Japan needs more weird stuff to add for tourism.

It's about time (5, Funny)

highwindarea (732127) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099549)

Every body I know has been saying "Gameboys are great, but I'm not buying one until it has a GPS"

Re:It's about time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099624)

I am amazed. And what do everybody you know intend to do with the GPS information on GBA?

Useful (2, Insightful)

beaverfever (584714) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099619)

So far the majority of comments seem to be negative and describe the unit as junk, but despite my having no interest in owning any gameboy unit, this combo inrigues me - a hand-held GPS unit with (gasp!) a useful, legible map display - very nice, and a very smart way of accomplishing it. This is a product I'd consider.

Perhaps those commenters deriding the effort haven't bothered to read the site - that's just my speculation, but it wouldn't surprise me - oops, now I'm getting into flaimbait territory.

Re:Useful (2, Insightful)

theLOUDroom (556455) | more than 9 years ago | (#9100432)

So far the majority of comments seem to be negative and describe the unit as junk, but despite my having no interest in owning any gameboy unit, this combo inrigues me

People aren't really saying that it's junk, as much as that it's pointless.
A handheld GPS unit goes for $90. This thing goes for $200. Even if you want a color screen, etc, etc you can get that for about the same price AND you don't need a gameboy.

If this thing was $50 it would be cool, but for $200, it's just not worth it. It's like building an attachment that will turn your GBA into an electric drill for ONLY the cost of two electric drills.

It's neat for the hack value, but I wouldn't run out and buy stock.

PRICE? (4, Insightful)

Cpt_Kirks (37296) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099620)

$200? I can get a *VERY* nice GPS unit for a lot less.

It seems to me that add-on gadgets for PDA's or the GBA should be *CHEAPER* than stand alone versions. They don't have to include the screen, buttons or in some cases a CPU.

Why do add-ons cost *MORE*?

Re:PRICE? (1)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099794)

It seems to me that add-on gadgets for PDA's or the GBA should be *CHEAPER* than stand alone versions. They don't have to include the screen, buttons or in some cases a CPU. Why do add-ons cost *MORE*?

The cost of components is such a small part of the price. Most of the cost is in design and implementation. Also, it looks to me like they're trying to milk it for all they can. Their reasoning is probably "if a stand alone GPS goes for $300, we can sell OURS for $200 and get a profitable segment of the market". Except that the crossover between the GBA crowd and the GPS crowd is already fairly small compared to either crowd by itself.

Re:PRICE? (1)

Cpt_Kirks (37296) | more than 9 years ago | (#9100032)

Yes, but stand alone GPS units cost as little as $90. You can get one with a color screen for ~$180.

Hell, the Garmin GPS watch can be had for as little as $99!

Re:PRICE? (1)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 9 years ago | (#9100328)

Yes, but stand alone GPS units cost as little as $90. You can get one with a color screen for ~$180. Hell, the Garmin GPS watch can be had for as little as $99!

Heh. Damn. All the more proof that they really don't understand the market they're aiming at.

Ummm... (2, Insightful)

8tim8 (623968) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099659)

Wow, that's really neat. I wonder what other products will be demo'd at E3 that we can pre-order on. It would be so helpful if Slashdot would provide links to all the other wonderful products (and links to the pre-order form), since I certainly don't want anything like, say, the sales of those products or grassroots word of mouth to determine which products are actually worthwhile (or not vaporware).

It would be especially good if all the products would be featured in separate stories!

/sarcasm

Very useful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099712)

It's quite clear to me why there should be a GPS attachment here. How many times have you had your head down playing at your GBA, while walking to your destination, only to be completly dissoriented when you look up because you aren't in the place you thought you were.

Well now with the GPS attachment you can know where you are going and get there without ever missing a beat of high intensitty action.

Re:Very useful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9100439)

This same comment has been posted several times already, but my question is, why do people think that you can play games and use the gps at the same time? It's clear that you can't do both at once.

Re:Very useful (1)

kd5ujz (640580) | more than 9 years ago | (#9100716)

The parent suggested that when you "look up" you will be disoriented, at that point you can break out the gps and re-orient your self.

maybe theyre just aiming at price? (1)

Mister Glass (777374) | more than 9 years ago | (#9099717)

lets see, its 100 for a gameboy advance sp and 200 for the gps unit, thats 300 dollars for a handheld gps with a 10 hour lion battery and a relatively large beatiful backlit color screen. it even weighs next to nothing and takes up very little space. assuming that they equip this thing with good color maps and offer a way to update them, tyhis would be an incredible deal.

Re:maybe theyre just aiming at price? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9099858)

GBA SP is not backlit. It's frontlit with a uneven blue light. The display leaves much to be desired.

Way Too EXPENISIVE (2, Insightful)

donnacha (161610) | more than 9 years ago | (#9100062)


This company have are betting that people will pay roughly TWICE the price of a standard GPS unit purely for the novelty of being able to use their Gameboy.

Yet another company that just Doesn't Get It.

Seriously, someone should set up a forum where clueless, middle-aged marketing men can float their pricing strategies before shooting themselves in the foot like this.

Re:Way Too EXPENISIVE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9100201)

Twice the price? Are you nuts?

$249 is a fricken bargain for a GPS unit with a color screen and the ability to download custom maps from my PC.

MFAILZORS (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9100460)

the political mees platform for the First organization

Are we there yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9100483)

Timmy in backseat: "Dad, are we there yet????" Are we there yet???"

Dad: "You tell me!"

Game input? (1)

kd5ujz (640580) | more than 9 years ago | (#9100687)

I dont know if anyone has sugested this, but what better way to get johnny burn some calories then to have an over head game, simular to zelda, where the game movemeny comes from the NEMA data from the gps? This could give you direction, speed, and even jumping if it had enough resolution ( very very doubtfull, less little johnny can jump more then 2 meters). Just an idea I had.

Boy Scout Geocaching (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9100724)

I can't wait until I get my GPS merit badge...

very cool (1)

frode (82655) | more than 9 years ago | (#9100756)

I saw a poratable game in japan that had a light sensor and the gameplay was effected by how much light you were playing in(it was a vampire type game).

Imagine a game that was effected by where you were.
You could have kids exploring libraries and museums to find a rare item or a level boss. This could be very cool.

Lost with gameboy (3, Funny)

st0rmshadow (643869) | more than 9 years ago | (#9100769)

I can't imagine very many useful applications for this, but it sure is nifty.

Obviously, you've never been lost in the jungle with your Gameboy.

fp C0m (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9100859)

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