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Open GPS tracker

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Mike writes in about his super-cool Open GPS Tracker.

Here is the simplest build-it-yourself GPS tracker yet. No expensive GSM module required – I am using the $20 GoPhone from WalMart or Target. Uses a 14-pin AVR microcontroller, a voltage regulator, a transistor, a GPS module 2 inches across, and that’s it. My open source firmware can track objects automatically or manually. Has a programmable command interpreter that can sense or control pretty much anything by text messaging.

8 thoughts on “Open GPS tracker

  1. That should read “Only needs a cheap ($60) gps module” instead of “No expensive GSM module required”.

    The description makes it seem like the goPhone is the gps data SOURCE…

  2. Reminds me of the guys over at Mologogo

    http://mologogo.com/

    They are using commodity phones with a java application to do something quite similar. No extra hardware needed unless you want one of their kits that adds extra battery life.

  3. There are software only trackers, especially for Nextel. Nextel has been the most GPS friendly mobile carrier. This hardware tracker has the advantages of long battery life, highly sensitive GPS receiver, ability to be controlled over the air, ability to track a vehicle for a long time and report only when it moves, and it can be made to control external devices. I.e. you could kill the engine of your stolen car by text message.

  4. hi, I need your help to make a GPS like your project, I’m hardware student and I have to make a GPS for my master project.
    and shamly I have to say I know a little about making microprocessors like GPS.
    Can you please help me? It’s too important to make it as soon as possible..
    just help me to start this project, I don’t know where to start too.
    waiting for your answer.

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