For hikers, tourists or just about anyone who likes to travel with a light load while taking digital photos, Sony has come up with a wearable GPS tracking device that'll help you keep track of where you've been.
The 3-1/2 inch GPS-CS1 weighs in at only 2 ounces and attaches to your belt with a carabineer. It records your time and location every 15 seconds. By synching the GPS clock with the timestamp on a digital still camera or camcorder, your journey is archived, step by step.
Sony provides its Motion Picture Browser software to do the time matching. The browser, which has recently been updated to link in with Google Maps, puts your photos on a map and highlights them with virtual thumbtacks. Therefore photographers can follow their tracks by having their digital images mapped out.
The GPS tracker has 31MB of memory, enabling it to store about two weeks of GPS data. Fueled by a AA battery, the gadget can work for about 10 hours at a time.
Consumers in U.S. and Japan who can afford the not-so-cheap price tag of $150 can begin tracking their steps when the unit becomes available in September. No word yet on a European release.