[Talk-us] Looking for GPS with voice annotation?

Tod Fitch tod at fitchdesign.com
Sat Feb 10 17:52:03 UTC 2018


I used to use OsmTracker to voice record addresses but found that the back end, entering the data into JOSM, was slow and problematic. Passing cars or other sources of sound often made my spoken number very hard to understand. And for every number I had to play the recording, create a point, type the house number, etc.

My current address gathering procedure it to run both OsmTracker and KeypadMapper simultaneously. I use the geo-tagged photo capability in OsmTracker to capture street, stop, speed limit signs, and other points of interest like benches, public transit stops, etc. And I use KeypadMapper to collect the house numbers. With Keypad mapper I can generally type the upcoming number then as I pass the actual house, verify it and press a button to record it near the proper location. For a typical western US subdivision I can walk along at a pretty good clip and not slow down when collecting addresses so I can get my daily exercise in too.

Back at JOSM I can use my GPX tracks from either OsmTracker or KeypadMapper to assure the aerial imagery is lined up, then adjust the points collected by KeypadMapper to the best location, quickly add the street names (verified by photos from OsmTracker), etc. It makes the back end editing/entry side much, much faster than using voice on OsmTracker.

As of a year or two ago, the more recent version of KeypadMapper has an “anti-feature” as F-Droid like to call it in that it collects and sends cell tower information to a company/organization. Because of that, I have compiled my own version of KeypadMapper from an older source that does not do that. If you wish I can put my personal copy of the KeypadMapper out where you can pick it up if you like.

With respect to hassle, both using voice on OsmTracker and typing numbers on KeypadMapper are much better than the walking papers style address collection in my view. In both cases you look pretty innocuous, people are used to strangers walking down a street talking or texting on a cell phone. I’ve not been bothered or even asked what I am doing using either of those methods. Back when I was using the walking papers method, carrying a clipboard with a printed map writing down notes, I was stopped and questioned a number of times by locals and once they called the police on me. Everything I was doing was legal, but it wasted both my time and a police officer’s time.

-Tod

> On Feb 10, 2018, at 7:58 AM, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us> wrote:
> 
> The android app OSMTracker has that feature beside being able to take pictures all with a gpx track.
> 
> On Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 7:05 AM, Steve Friedl <steve at unixwiz.net <mailto:steve at unixwiz.net>> wrote:
> Happy Saturday, all,
> 
> I have a Garmin GPSmap 64st unit that does a fine job of recording tracks, but I’m looking to do foot surveys of house numbers in an area, and for that I’m hoping to find something that has both GPS and audio recording.
> 
> Proposed use case is walking along a sidewalk and pressing a button to mark a GPS location, then quietly speak the house number.  I’d use some kind of playback in JOSM to enter all this data.
> 
> I've tried using a standalone audio recorder, but it's way too easy to get out of sync with the waypoints. Actually *entering* house numbers (in Go Map!! on my iPhone would take too long and attract way too much attention.
> 
> Rafts of google and bingle searches have brought up nothing except how to spy on my spouse with a covert GPS audio recorder: that’s not what I’m looking for 😊
> 
> I can’t be the first to want this: anybody seen such a thing?
> 
> Steve
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