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MoBlog...Real-time ride report. Think of the possibilities!(11 posts)

MoBlog...Real-time ride report. Think of the possibilities!bikenj
Nov 26, 2003 11:35 AM
Has anybody setup a MoBlog...

Just makes sense to me. I typically bring a cell phone on long rides, but leave my digi camera home [read: older digi, therefore heavy]. If the phone had a camera, there you go, communication and ride pics. Once my current contract is up with my mobile providor, I'm gonna become MoBlog enabled.

Best of both worlds and if you've got a moblog and pic enabled phone, you can post in real-time.
Think about the possibilities...
1. Real-time ride reports
2. Get the licence plate of that car
3. Lost...Picture of an intersection or landmark
4. Mechanical..Email pic then call shop for advice.
5. Realtime purchasing advise from the wonderful folks here at RBR

What would/could you do?
re: MoBlog...Real-time ride report. Think of the possibilities!globalhelipimp
Nov 26, 2003 2:46 PM
Most cell phones with digital cameras take sub-par
pictures, IMO; the resolution is typically awful. If
you're serious about taking decent digital pictures, I'd
invest in a smaller camera. Most digital camera
manufacturers have smaller models out that take 4MP
pictures. However, with decreased size and better quality =
bigger price ($300-400+). The least expensive method would
be to purchase a larger saddle bag to fit your current digi
cam; that's what I plan on doing with mine (Nikon Coolpix
5000).

gluck.
re: MoBlog...Real-time ride report. Think of the possibilities!bikenj
Nov 26, 2003 3:35 PM
I think you're missing the Real-time aspect of it.

Yes, Icould buy a smaller camera or a bigger bag, but would still have to wait until I got home, downloaded the images from the camera to the computer and then uploaded then.

Boring...But, yes the resolution is much better.
((focusing ..))globalhelipimp
Nov 26, 2003 4:22 PM
1. Real-time ride reports

Sure real-time ride reports would be nice, but do any of us really check this forum often enough to warrant such a thing? I highly doubt it. I check this forum around 5x/day (maybe?). I do enjoy reading ride reports as much as anymore else out there, but I don't feel like I'm missing anything if I get to them a few seconds, minutes, hours, etc, later than when it was posted.

2. Get the licence plate of that car

A wonderful idea, but have you actually seen the resolution of the pictures that come from camera phones? They're awful! Do you really think you'd be quick enough to even catch the plate? Heaven forbide this happens, but let's say car hits you, fall down, realize what happen, squirm to get your cell phone, car is already too far away for it to be visible on the image produced by the camera phone; as far as I know, currently they have no zoom technologies built in. A zoom put in sometime in the future? Image quality increased? Sure, go for it.

3. Lost...Picture of an intersection or landmark

You really need to think of how many people are from your area. I'm from Syracuse, NY, and I'm guessing that only a handful of people would know where I was lost. Sure they could mapquest it, but it's still someone who probably hasn't been in the area where you're lost. Not trying to be sarcastic, but bring maps that extend past your route, that way if you do get lost, you're probably OK.

4. Mechanical..Email pic then call shop for advice.

Just call them and explain what's wrong? Not sure if a photo is really needed ..

5. Realtime purchasing advise from the wonderful folks here at RBR

Again, how often do people check this forum? All the same, I'd hope the people you're dealing with at your LBS would be knowledgable to steer you in the right direction when it comes to purchases.

Not trying to pick any fights or be close minded, I jus don't see a real need for camera phones on a ride; cell phones, yes (emergencies).

Dave
((focusing ..))bikenj
Nov 26, 2003 6:22 PM
Geez Dave...Wound a little tight?!?

And to answer your question about being quick enough to catch the plate?...Yes, I'm that quick ;-)
re: MoBlog...Real-time ride report. Think of the possibilities!AllUpHill
Nov 26, 2003 3:32 PM
All the places I ride that worth taking pictures of are far, far away from any reliable mobile coverage, let alone some fancy next-generation service. And that's the way it should be.
Technology? How about a live ride cam?GeoCyclist
Nov 26, 2003 5:51 PM
Now, that would be fun to see. My riding buddy and I were talking about how cool it would be to have a mini cam hooked to the top of our helmets. If you got a live feed over a 3G (broadband) cell / Sat phone you could live stream onto the web. People are always asking us why we cycle hundreds of kms a week, and why it doesn't get boring. Is this a cool idea or what???
Technology? How about a live ride cam?bikenj
Nov 26, 2003 6:27 PM
Sounds fun...Heck,if you have the technology to pull it off, go for it. This way your buddies stuck at work can ride vicariously throuh you.
He emerges from lukerdom!KG 361
Nov 26, 2003 7:15 PM
Great idea to think about, but like the other poster pointed out, I ride in areas that may not have indoor plumming let alone cell towers! =)
That's why I suggested a SAT phone!GeoCyclist
Nov 26, 2003 10:18 PM
Not that I have such an expensive device; however, it sure would be fun to try out!
That's why I suggested a SAT phone!globalhelipimp
Nov 27, 2003 12:43 AM
The cost of SAT phones is out of this world. My brother has been in the rainforests of Ecuador for the past 4 months, and it costs him $5 per MINUTE to use.

Definitely would be fun to try out, but I for one wouldn't have enough money for 3+hrs of SAT time!