Although there are mountains of useful and interesting products on Tindie, there are a few you instinctively know that you need as soon as you see them. OK, perhaps you don’t really need a GPS cube that is just over an inch cubed with a nice OLED display on the side, but this OLEDiUNO device is the kind of gadget that feels like The Future™ and begs you to make up an excuse to get one.
As seen in the video, the cube has a screen to tell you your current speed and elevation, as well as the number of satellites it’s receiving and the time/date. It can also display the distance you’ve traveled, and if you mark a target, tell you how far you’ve wandered away from your starting point.
While it doesn’t record position data for later use, if you need that functionality, this device’s creator, Pheonix Cnc, Oleduino, also offers a GPS tracker that can save data to a micro SD card, though without a display. Then again, adding your own data logging seems a great challenge and might end up being that “reason” you find to pull the trigger on an order.
So what’s so exciting about this cube? Well, first of all, it’s tiny, and just looks like fun to mount on any sort of moving vehicle. Personally, I could see this as an excellent bicycle speedometer/odometer, as it does have a simple trip counter that stays in memory when turned off. With this in use in that application, you wouldn’t need to hook up a magnet and sensor on your wheel/fork, and no calibration would be required. Also, wondering how far it is to get back home/to the trailhead? Now you can at least know how far it is in a straight line!