[maemo-users] Idea: Route Finder Service

From: Jonathan Greene atmasphere at atmasphere.net
Date: Fri Oct 19 09:09:51 EEST 2007
very cool ... as I understand it the location service is available to the
entire system and there's an API for this... (I'm not a developer either).
The N800 will also support this via Bluetooth GPS... with the new 2008 OS.

On 10/19/07, Lars Persson Fink <lars_p_fink at yahoo.se> wrote:
> Hi,
> I (like most others) saw the news of the N810, with built in GPS.
> Someone suggested that the maemo community could work for more location
> aware applications, that got me thinking about the idea of the Route
> Finder Service.
> Unfortunately I do not have the time or competence needed in order to
> actually implement this, so I am posting it in the hope that someone
> else may do it.
> I believe it would be nice to have a service that other applications can
> ask for routes, not IP-routes but routes between locations. This service
> could then utilize other route providing services (GPS, google, MS
> virtual earth, local subway webpage etc) to find the actual routes.
> I think it would be useful if the service provided some "plugin"
> functionality, preferably through some scripting language, so it would
> be easy to extend it towards different route providing services. For
> instance I believe most Subways have a web-page that you can ask to get
> information about trips, but they are all different, so the service
> would have to be adapted.
> Some examples:
> 1. If I select an address in my address book I could ask the application
> to give me directions on how to go there.
> 2. My calendar could check the location of my next appointment and get
> my current location from the GPS to send off an alarm a couple of
> minutes before I need to leave, based on the Route Finder service
> estimation of the travel time.
> Best Regards,
> Lars Persson Fink
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