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About

The MobiTracer is the mobile phone application. It connects to both a Bluetooth GPS receiver and the GeoTracing server. When running, MobiTracer will read GPS location data and send these to the server. While tracing you can issue various commands to manage your tracklog data and make annotations as media (text/photos/audio/video). You can also scan the area around you for users and media using the GeoRadar (since v3). Users that are trying out MobiTracer can find more specific notes in this document.

Getting MobiTracer

Go to www.geotracing.com/tland and select "My|Login".

Screenshots

Through the screenshots below some of the main features are shown. A more detailed manual is in the making.

Trace Screen

This shows the main screen.

The left top label show the status of your GPS. The right top label shows the network status (sending GPS locations or paused). The middle shows various GPS or track info. At the bottom is a single button to issue various commands (see below).

GeoRadar

Detect and view users and media around you with the GeoRadar. The GeoRadar continuously scans the area in a radius around your current location. You get an auditory notification when you hit the nearest object within 25 meter. Currently you can only view the nearest object when you get the <<HIT>> notification. i.e. you have to be at that location. Objects are shown as concentric circles relative to their distance from your location. Each object type has its own color: image (red), video (yellow), audio (blue), text (white), users (pink).

  
Shows objects as concentric circles around you.
Top of screen shows current radius (meters) and number of objects.
Radius can be changed using the joystick.
Bottom shows info on nearest object: user/object type/distance/unique object id.

  
Bumping on an object and viewing an object (press fire on joystick).

Map Screen

On the MapScreen you can view your location on a Google Map.

  

Installation

MobiTracer is installed Over The Air (OTA), i.e. through a URL from your mobile phone.

Compatibility

Your phone needs to at least support J2ME MIDP2.0 with the Java Bluetooth API (JSR-82). See also this list of JSR-82 phones and optionally the J2ME MultiMedia API.

Manual

Below a short manual for those experimenting with MobiTracer. There is just one button at the bottom of the screen. The content of that button can be changed through the joystick on your phone. Firing the joystick issues the specific command. Below are the commands. Basically you are managing tracklogs that are kept on the server.

Usage

On first startup you need to pair your GPS. Issue the command "SelectGPS". Follow the directions on the form and exit MobiTracer. Start MobiTracer again and verify that the GPS connects ("connected" under GPS label) and that you get GPS data and can connect to the server.

On first start you need to create a track through the "New Track" command. From then on all GPS data, POIs and media are coupled to that track. MobiTracer always operates on a single track being your active track. Creating a new track always will archive the current track.

Note that GPS sending is by default paused. To start sending issue the command "Resume Track". Likewise to pause sending (e.g. when taking a break) issue "Suspend Track". Basically you are creating "track-segments" within your track.

Beeps: a low beep indicates a GPS-location is read. A high beep indicates that a GPS-location is sent to the server. If this annoys you, toggle sound with the command "Sound On/Off". I usually lock the keyboard (command "Lock Keyboard") and put the phone in my pocket. hearing the beeps indicates all is well and working.

Road rating: use the numeric keys 1-5 to set the road-rating for the current track. Default is -1 (no rating). While going the current rating is remembered and added to each sample sent to the server. Ratings may later be visualized with colours on the website.

Sending media: within MobiTracer the commands "Send Photo" and "Send Audio" can be used to send media directly from within the application. The photo's are low-res currently. In addition you can send media through email (as attachments), either from your phone or any other means. In particular you can make .3gp movies on your phone and send them by email from the gallery. Your phone's email address needs to be known on the server as part of your subscription. I use a digital camera (Canon Ixus) and send photo's later. By timestamping your photo gets geotagged. For .3gp movies the time of email sending is used, so in that case you will have to send in immediately.

GPS info: important values for the precision are the number of satellites used ("used"), should be 5 or more and the "hdop" values (should be about less than 2 or 3).

Viewing Your Tracks

View them at www.geotracing.com/tland, the TraceLand page. Use the menu to show live or archived tracks (Show). You can change the background map with Map menu.

It doesn't work !

Yes this MobiTracer is experimental and under constant development. There's a wealth of mobile phone types, GPS types and provider-specific issues. See this document for some specific notes.

Just van den Broecke - just AT justobjects.nl