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How to continuously plot GPS data (Lat/Long) ?
image of a gps navigator screen

I want to feed the UI with Lat/Long data (from GPS device or file) and plot a line/track [as at the right]

Please advice me how solve this

  • - Should I plot a x/y graph using the Lat/long as is ?
  • - Is there some ready java package/API that I can use ?

Attached are the sources for two classes I've built for dealing with lat/long values.

LatLong.java   PixGrid.java

A LatLong object itself merely holds a lat/long value and has methods to convert it to various forms.

The PixGrid object is more interesting; it maps between lat/long space and a pixel grid suitable for display. A key feature is PixGrid's tool to map lat/longs to pixels. To use this tool, I capture an image from GoogleEarth and note down the lat/long values for points on the image. Then I make a table listing for each point its lat/long value and its x,y position in the image. From this table, the tool builds a mapping between pixel space and lat/long space.

The least-squares routines I used are from virtualrisk.cvs.sourceforge.net/viewvc/virtualrisk/util/lma/; it is now moribund, but here's a cached copy.

PixGrid has two parts that could in separate applications. The first analyzes a table of points given both map pixel coordinates and lat-long values. With a least squares fit it computes the parameters for  the four equations relating pixel location to lat-long. For instance, the longitude corresponding to x,y is computes by  longitude = p1*x + p2*y + p3. The second part of the computation does those calculations. Between the two parts, the parameters are saved with Java's serialization support.

A more robust solution would compute an AffineTransform so scaking could be readily supported.

For these notes I also wrote a demo program, PixGridDemo.java, to display a map and show the lat/long value for the mouse location: :

park map
(The green border is from Window's "Steps Recorder".
I used it to capture the image with the cursor.)
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