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Bibo
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Icon 1 posted August 28, 2006 23:43      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm getting ready to take a road trip next month and my brother told me he had heard about places that rent GPS devices on a daily or weekly basis. Has anyone used any of these services? If so any reccomendations or warnings?
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Colonel Panic
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The CIA rents them cheap if you're of middle-eastern descent. Also if you're of liberal leanings, check with the NSA.

CP

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Tirthas the Geek
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Icon 1 posted August 29, 2006 07:54      Profile for Tirthas the Geek     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My firm does quite a bit of field work--locating points in the field with near-survey accuracy. We rent a Trimble GeoXH from a local GIS/GPS/Survey shop. It's quite effective, although maybe overkill for what you're looking for. But you have to love sub-foot accuracy.

The device syncs with any number of different software packages to give you an idea of where you are and where you've been. You could probably plug it into Google Earth or some other similar package. We dump the data out into surveys of project sites using AutoCAD--we don't do a ton of mapping.

From a purchase standpoint, some of the Garmin eTrex units retail for around $120 US, so that may end up being a more affordable option than renting, depending on the length of your trip. The accuracy is more in the 15-meter range, but they work fairly well. I have an older version of one of those units and use it on hikes, road-trips, etc. I'm guessing you could pick one up on eBay or Froogle one for safely under $100 US.

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GrumpySteen

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The eTrex series are good for hiking (I have one myself), but on their own, they aren't that good for navigating in a car. It doesn't support an external antenna and the roof of the car greatly reduces signal reception (for mine, at least), so most of the time it has to be placed on the dashboard to get a decent reading. The buttons are also designed for use with the GPS in hand and are difficult to use when it's sitting on the dashboard of the car.

It can be hooked up to the serial port of a PC or handheld, however, and used as an external GPS in conjunction with any mapping software that supports it. In that case, you don't have to pick up the GPS to view the screen or use the buttons, so it works decently.

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Snaggy

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I'm currently testing out a GlobalSat's BT-328, but with that you'll need your bluetooth-enabled laptop and some software like RouteBuddy.

So, that probably doesn't help you, but you may find it interesting. [Geek]

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We bought for 200 euros a iPaq PDA that comes with a bluetooth GPS device and a TomTom license. I don't know if that's available in the US or sold under a different name.
That's very cool stuff, the TomTom software is vey nice.

Thomas

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Bibo
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Icon 1 posted August 29, 2006 20:06      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Yeah I'm looking for a dash type one for driving directions, I don't own a laptop.

This is a place like I'm inquiring about.

Too bad there isn't an official GPS cartridge for the Nintendo DS, I did find a hack , but it's not something in mt skill level.

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AirbagGuy
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You can try:

http://www.gpsforhire.com

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