Legitimate Stalking

While watching some friends run a marathon the other day it occurred to me that this would be another occasion when Brightkite or Latitude would not only useful but also fun.

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My day consisted of watching them set off and then sitting around for a few hours so I could see them cross the finish line. And because I had no idea of where they were on the course seeing them at the finish line was pure guess work.

It would have been far more interesting to track them as they progressed on the course. What we need for this are lightweight, low power, GPS devices. These type of chips are now in production, and hopefully they will soon be integrated into various pieces of kit.

The next revolution in mobile phones? Probably not, but that and less costly mobile data plans might start to change the way people keep in touch with each other.