I am a data and design geek who loves hiking, bushwalking, trail running. I’ve been exploring tools that that allow me to visualise and animate my GPS tracks.
I track my hiking and trail running efforts on Walkmeter, which has it’s own great graphics for elevation, route and pace. It’s interesting to see my route on the contours of the land, using Google terrain, and overlaid with vegetation using Google satellite images.
Other GPX map visualisation tools allow colour coding of elevation as below for the Rocky Hill loop in Garigal National Park.
Graphs are nice, but I was looking for something more. Doarama is a 3D visualisation engine developed by Chris Cooper and friends from NICTA. It uses WebGL, so if it desnt work on your iOS 7 device, then it’s time to upgrade to iOS 8. Doarama allows me to create 3D animations of our walks, with text, photo, and video annotations. Its fun to watch, much more fun than looking at static charts, although I can’t walk the Rocky Hill loop as fast as it plays back!
Flowingdata has some lovely images with crowd-sourced GPX traces showing where people run in cities, by overlaying their multiple traces on one map. Can you guess which cities these are just by looking at the running patterns?