GPSWeb Extension for Mozilla Firebird Opens Possibilities for Location-Specific Web Services

Wednesday December 24th, 2003

Davide wrote in to tell us about GPSWeb 0.1.2, an add-on for Mozilla Firebird that adds a User-Location header to every HTTP request containing the user's current position as determined by the Global Positioning System. Sites can then use this data to provide location-specific services, such as supplying directions to the nearest restaurant. The extension requires the user to have some GPS hardware connected to their computer (Davide tested GPSWeb with the Garmin E-Trex) and the GPSd Java daemon, which parses the data supplied by the GPS unit, to be running.

#5 Re: Re: What?

by bugs4hj <>

Thursday December 25th, 2003 10:42 AM

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The keyword here is "nearest" and that one can be located without any electronic device, even in Paris. Also, "the idea that the latitude/longitude is given by the restaurant itself through the Web" might be cool, but they don't have a website (yet). "Next one will probably be geo-location using the european positioning system." Cool, but say goodby to your privacy.