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Organize photos by ‘where’ not ‘when’

San Diego, USA, 1 August 2006: Sony Electronics has announced a GPS device that puts pictures on the map. Using time and location recordings from Sony’s GPS-CS1 GPS device and the time stamp from a Sony digital still camera or camcorder, photo buffs can plot their digital images to a map and pinpoint exactly where they’ve been.

The 12-channel GPS unit is 3-1/2 inches long, weighs two ounces, and is sold with a carabineer to easily attach to a backpack or a belt loop. One can arrange pictures geographically, import the logged data from the GPS device, using the supplied USB cable, and then download the digital images to a computer.

The supplied GPS Image Tracker software synchronizes the images on digital camera with the latitude, longitude and time readings from the GPS-CS1 device. Once synchronized, photos can become virtual push pins on an online map by activating the Picture Motion Browser software bundled with the latest Sony cameras and camcorders released after July.

One can easily add new photos and coordinates to the mapping web site, courtesy of Google Maps, and showcase years of globe-trotting. The GPS-CS1 GPS device will be available from next month for about $150.