GPS

The Mercedes-Benz Tweet Fleet. (my city needs this.)

Last evening when I was driving around Westport looking for a parking spot I wished I had some way of knowing where available spaces were. I had the same wish the day before on the Plaza which has turned into a giant valet parking zone. It seems Kansas City businesses like the idea of valet parking, and the city likes putting up tons of “No Parking” signs these days. If we only had the Mercedes-Benz Tweet Fleet in this town.

Mercedes cars equipped with a GPS unit, a modified Arduino board, wireless internet, and a camera are patrolling the streets of crowded German cities sending tweets about available parking spaces to smartphone owners everywhere. It’s a great idea. If we had it in my city I’d use it all the time.

By the way, I might have gotten my translation of the equipment wrong. I don’t speak German and I was using a speech to text translator on my phone to convert the dialog to English. German-speaking readers feel free to send me any corrections or additional info that I might have missed.

Some Friday Morning Eye Candy, Courtesy of Garmin.

It’s Friday morning, and here is a nice little piece of video eye candy from the folks at Garmin. Shot on location in Timmelsjoch Austria, team Garmin member Christophe Le Mével quietly demonstrates the new Edge 800 cycling GPS in an elegant and understated way. I think one of the things that is so nice about this, is the fact that it feels so quiet. It feels like a lone athlete introspectively honing their skills. There is no pounding soundtrack, no rapid fire quarter second edits, just simple, beautiful footage, and a few highlights about what the product does.