Getting a location recorded while moving

 

Ever been driving down a road and see something that the location of would be useful to someone here at POI Factory or for your personal use and you were unable to write it down due to to safety reasons or the lack of a pen and paper?

I bought a device a few years ago that basically eliminated using pen and paper while driving. It's a battery powered handheld digital recorder that will store up to 36 hours of sound. You can buy one at Amazon for a little as $10 USD or more. They have several listed and are available other places as well.

It comes in quite handy while cruising down the road and you spot a Speed Camera that is not in the POI file. Or maybe it's a new Micky D's that is not in the POI file (or has the wrong location).

Since 12 states, DC and the Virgin Islands have speed cameras, plus 22 states, DC and the Virgin Islands have red light cameras, it is very hard to keep track of them all. I don't speed excessively and I do stop when making a right turn on red. It's just nice to know that I need to pay attention to what I'm doing when there is a camera around.

Also, if you are ever in an accident where the other driver takes off, being able to record the license number and a description of the fleeing vehicle for the police comes in very handy.

So, help Angela out, as well as POI file maintainers, by recording those locations.

PS. Don't forget to change the batteries periodically.

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Metricman Nuvi 660, GTM-20 Traffic Receiver Nuvi 3597 GTM-60 Traffic Receiver Williamsburg, VA

Does this device have a name?

Sounds useful. Does this device have a name?

Cassette voice recorder.

Only the "older" generation would know what it is.

mcginkleschmidt wrote:

Sounds useful. Does this device have a name?

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Nuvi 2460LMT.

Good start would be "Digital Voice Recorder"

mcginkleschmidt wrote:

Sounds useful. Does this device have a name?

Digital voice recorder; see https://www.amazon.com/s?k=voice+recorder&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

Staples also carries them; see https://www.staples.com/Voice-Recorders/cat_CL140515

and of course Best Buy; see https://www.bestbuy.com/site/office-electronics/voice-record...

I happen to use https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-bx-series-digital-voice-re... which is $33 at Best Buy (on sale). It works great for recording phone calls, etc. and has great battery life.

It should be noted that many smartphones and wrist watch devices have a "memo" record capability.

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John from PA

Cassette ???

For at least ten years or so these little recorders are all digital!!!

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, DriveSmart 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

Sorry

The one I have is a cassette. But I still got the voice recoreder part correct!

Melaqueman wrote:

For at least ten years or so these little recorders are all digital!!!

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Nuvi 2460LMT.

It would be nice ...

It would be nice if this function was built into the GPS navigator so you could get the exact coordinates at the point of the voice recording. I wonder if there is a phone app that does this.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 51LMT-S, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

Some apps out there

alandb wrote:

It would be nice if this function was built into the GPS navigator so you could get the exact coordinates at the point of the voice recording. I wonder if there is a phone app that does this.

See https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/9-voice-recorder-apps-that-wont...

With Apple products you can record memos; see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206775. Take note that the link says "your memo is saved automatically with your current location as the title." Not sure what the location may entail.

You can also record a memo on some models of the Apple watch. See https://support.apple.com/guide/watch/voice-memos-apd4417862...

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John from PA

Thanks....

This info is helpful.

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RKF (Bethesda, MD) Garmin Nuvi 660, 360 & Street Pilot

I Use

When hiking or biking, I use the MOB (man overboard) function on my Garmin handheld to record a location. I also make a voice recording of the details using the memo app on my smartphone.

I then upload the file from my handheld to Basecamp and fill in the details from the iPhone memo.

I tried using a couple of the smartphone apps that record location but transcribing the info to Basecamp is more cumbersome than using MOB. There is also less chance of a transcription error when typing out the coordinates.

If you're using your GPS

metricman wrote:

...It comes in quite handy while cruising down the road and you spot a Speed Camera that is not in the POI file. Or maybe it's a new Micky D's that is not in the POI file (or has the wrong location)...

If you're currently navigating using your GPS don't forget that if you tap the vehicle image on the screen, the GPS will save the lat/long that you then can name and save to Favorites. At least that's the way my Garmin 1450 works.

Phil

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Phil in Mentor, Ohio -- Garmin Nuvi 1450

Illegal to touch the screen while moving

plunder wrote:
metricman wrote:

...It comes in quite handy while cruising down the road and you spot a Speed Camera that is not in the POI file. Or maybe it's a new Micky D's that is not in the POI file (or has the wrong location)...

If you're currently navigating using your GPS don't forget that if you tap the vehicle image on the screen, the GPS will save the lat/long that you then can name and save to Favorites. At least that's the way my Garmin 1450 works.

Phil

It would be considered as distracted driving to touch the screen while driving,in many jurisdictions. Definitely illegal in Ontario.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

Interesting

Phil[/quote]
It would be considered as distracted driving to touch the screen while driving,in many jurisdictions. Definitely illegal in Ontario. [/quote]

Is it illegal in Ontario to touch the screen of any device while driving even if it is mounted to the vehicle?

Many newer vehicles use a touch screen to do things like turn on headlights or control the A/C.

I'm Just curious as to how the law handles that situation.

Record button in handy location

At least my recorder has the Record Button in a handy location. It's the top button just below the screen. All I need to do is pick it up, press the button to record and press it again when when done. I don't even need to look at it. And I can keep it low and out of site while in use. It's smaller than a flip phone, but I guess it could be mistaken for one in a "Hands Free" state.

BTW, my 3597 takes 4 steps to save the current location using the vehicle icon (page 3 of the manual), so that won't work in states that prohibit touching the GPS screen. If you could have a voice command that would save the location that would be great.

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Metricman Nuvi 660, GTM-20 Traffic Receiver Nuvi 3597 GTM-60 Traffic Receiver Williamsburg, VA

thanks

BTW, my 3597 takes 4 steps to save the current location using the vehicle icon (page 3 of the manual), so that won't work in states that prohibit touching the GPS screen. If you could have a voice command that would save the location that would be great.[/quote]

thanks, I didn't know that. Maybe I should RTFM.

Yup

bdhsfz6 wrote:

Phil
It would be considered as distracted driving to touch the screen while driving,in many jurisdictions. Definitely illegal in Ontario.

Is it in Ontario to touch the screen of any device while driving even if it is mounted to the vehicle?

Many newer vehicles use a touch screen to do things like turn on headlights or control the A/C.

I'm Just curious as to how the law handles that situation.

Yup, it is illegal. The fine is almost $500. It's unfortunate that auto manufacturers don't seem to care. They keep adding more and more that requires you to take your eyes off the road.

I'm guessing the law handles by telling you to pull over, stop and then touch the screen, just after you get the $500 ticket.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350