Create a picture of your world

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 August, 2006, 12:00am

This has to be one of the coolest gadget accessories this year, if not ever.

This little tube will let you keep track of exactly where in the world you have taken a photo, and display it on an online map.

Using a formation of satellites stationed above the Earth, the Sony GPS-CS1 works out your precise location, wherever you are in the world.

It then notes the time and records the location in its built-in memory.

You can import all the information onto your PC with the software, which is included.

The magic happens when you download your photos from a compatible Sony digital camera to your PC, and turn on the software application.

The time information from the GPS-CS1 is then matched to the time stamp on each photo taken by the camera.

This way, the software generates latitudinal and longitudinal co-ordinates for every photo taken by the camera.

Finally, the location information is taken and put on a satellite map of the world.

The result is a map with 'pin' markings on it representing each photo that you have taken.

Click on a pin on the map, and the photo that you took at that location pops up, allowing you to literally build a 'picture' of everywhere you have been.

So far, the GPS-CS1 only works with Sony digital cameras, starting with the Cybershot T10.

The unit will ship next month and is priced at around $1,200.

PROS: precise location information for every photo

CONS: only supports Sony cameras (recent models); won't work indoors