|Driving Activity Reporter|
Courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer
Hammacher Schlemmer offers some cool stuff. The latest to catch my eye was this Driving Activity Reporter. It does exactly what it sounds like it would. You attach it to a car inside or outside (it has a magnet) and it keeps track of where and how fast the car goes, using a GPS receiver. The data, in the form of animated maps, can then be viewed on your computer by plugging it into the USB port. Its memory will store up to 100 hours of driving activity, entering sleep mode when the vehicle isn’t moving. It does require two AAA lithium batteries to power it.
While I’m not recommending you attach it to anyone else’s car—apart from the privacy issues, it would obviously be illegal—it would be a great way to record information about your route while on vacation. Since the data can be viewed with Google Earth, you could even add location photos. Might also be useful for tracking mileage for expense purposes on business trips. Or making sure no one’s used your car without your permission.