In the world of GPS, there are no limits to the ideas people have, such as GPS drawing. Using a handheld GPS, users can walk, drive or cycle along a designated course and create a tracklog of their path. This tracklog can be uploaded to a computer and with one of many free programs (such as Google Earth or Google Maps), you can view the track overlayed on the map. Images created in this manner can vary greatly from words and phrases to animals or infamous works of art.
In Los Angeles, a rock band by the name of OK Go used this technique of GPS Drawing for one of their music videos shot in November. They uploaded tracklogs from the GPS units of 150 fans carrying flashlights. Spanning eight miles, the enthusiastic group spelled out the bands moniker, OK Go, using the flashlights. The image is only visible when captured from above and shown on a GPS map.
To add more ingenuity to this music video concept, the band members of OK Go are also asking their fans to submit their own adventures. A collaboration of all of these tracks will be edited together to create the final music video.
Some tips provided to fans interested in sending entries are: plan the journey carefully, keep a consistent pace and move slowly around corners and other ostructions to ensure the GPS signal keeps up with the movement.
For more examples of GPS Drawing check out www.gpsdrawing.com. Enjoy the creativity of Jeremy Wood, as he turns everyday tasks into works of art!