[plug] GPS and maps

Timothy White weirdit at gmail.com
Sun Apr 22 18:43:06 WST 2007

On 4/22/07, Bernd Felsche <bernie at innovative.iinet.net.au> wrote:
> "Timothy White" <weirdit at gmail.com> wrote:
> >On 4/21/07, Bernd Felsche <bernie at innovative.iinet.net.au> wrote:
> >> "Timothy White" <weirdit at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> >> I connected to my TomTom GPS using a Bluetooth USB dongle that made
> >> >> it look just like a wired serial (which is, after all that bluetooth
> >> >> does; remove the copper between the devices).
> >> >> Other than confirming that I'm receiving NMEA sentences, I've not
> >> >> done anything substantial (yet).
> >> >Hmmm. Any tips for connecting to the TomTom via Bluetooth? I have a
> >> RTFM :-)
> >> >Linux laptop with Bluetooth, and we have a TomTom Go 500 in the car.
> >> >It would be awesome to be able to extract the GPS info!
> >> Pair it like any other Bluetooth device and you should be abel to
> >> open the corresponding virtual serial port to see the NMEA
> >> sentences. Interpreting the sentences is best left to software. :-)
> >Ok. I've been playing around with this all afternoon. Or at least trying to.
> >Being rather new to Bluetooth, the most I've got to work is some stuff
> >with my phone, remote control for media players (xmms) and file
> >transfers.
> >I assume your using the normal TomTom software, and not the open
> >TomTom stuff?  I tried hciattach and rfcomm, but without any luck.
> >Care to enlighten me?
> I think you're making an assumption about the TomTom GPS receiver.
> Mine has no screen. Precisely one button to turn it on. Maps and
> navigation software are on the PDA (Treo 650 in my case).
> AFAICT, you can't buy them in Australia (except from overseas
> dealers).
> The fact that it needs bluetooth to be useful to anything reading
> its NMEA sentences meant fewer potential connectivity problems.

Ah. I see now. I've discovered on the TomTom Go 500, that with the
OpenTom software, I should be able to get what I need. So I'll look
into that.


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