GPS Artwork in Southeast Baltimore
November 9, 2011 6:12 PM   Subscribe

GPX riding is a general term for using a GPS device to track and record location while riding a bicycle [previously on MetaFilter]. Combining this technology with a planned effort to create art is the premise behind Wallygpx. Think of the images as being akin to a giant etch-a-sketch.
posted by netbros (8 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A man needs an obsession and this is a pretty good one. Thanks.
posted by LarryC at 6:22 PM on November 9, 2011

I am not convinced this is isn't just a five year-old drawing on some Google maps.
posted by Revort at 6:23 PM on November 9, 2011

Hrm. Wasn't aware that GPX Riding was a "thing"... I've been doing it for a few years to keep stats on how I ride. Lately, I've been doing the same for runs with the ever-so-awesome RunKeeper. I don't make funny pictures, but the data's nice to browse.

Also, one of MeFi's own took this a step further a while back.
posted by schmod at 6:25 PM on November 9, 2011

Related, sorta, but not really: how one guy "draws" with his bike in China.
posted by jng at 9:48 PM on November 9, 2011

Huh. Didn't know GPX Riding was a thing either. I, too, have been using MapMyRide on my iPhone and now a Garmin 500 to track my rides. Both are pretty rad, especially the Garmin.

This was done on foot, but a pretty impressive example of drawing with GPS. Donuts are kind of a thing between Flickr staff and some folks in our community...
posted by pkingdesign at 9:58 PM on November 9, 2011

Fabulous. Just what we need. Even more dipsticks making completely random traffic maneuvers on their fixees.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 11:53 PM on November 9, 2011

See also Running Alphabet.
posted by OmieWise at 5:16 AM on November 10, 2011

Heh, he's been right by my front door more than a few times.
posted by CommonSense at 8:37 PM on November 14, 2011

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