Free GPS on Your Laptop – Geosense for Windows
By on March 2nd, 2010

I have a GPS unit to keep me from getting lost while I’m driving, but it doesn’t hook up to my computer. If I wanted to use geolocation applications to show online friends where I was at the moment, I couldn’t do it.   Until now ….

Sathya Bhat sent me an email yesterday telling me about a new geo-location solution. Two crazy programmers named Long Zeng and Rafael Rivera have created a program that identifies where you are by using either your IP address, or Wifi triangulation. The application is called Geosense for Windows, but, it only works in Windows 7. Apparently Windows 7 has a built in location sensing API that nobody else is taking advantage of yet.

Here’s how to set it up:

First, go to the home page and download Geosense and install it.

To enable Geosense, go to your Start Menu and type location(without quotes) into the search box. Then click on Enable location and other sensors.

control-panel-location-search

Next place a check-mark in the check-box to enable Geosense.

control-panel-enable-location-sensor

Once you’ve clicked Apply, you won’t notice anything new. However, you’ll find that any location aware application you run, will now automatically know where you are.

The Geosense website offers a nice Google Maps test application to try out. You can also run the Windows Weather Gadget to find your local weather. Here you can see both of these running on my laptop.

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They also mention that there’s a Twitter application called MahTweets which can grab the location and put it into your tweets.

Here’s the Geosense homepage: Check it out.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

Geosense is not going to be able to replace my car’s GPS unit, but if I’m on the road, at least I’ll know about where I am, even when I’m away from the car. I did notice that it was only able to give an approximate location, within half a kilometer, so it’s not perfect. It’s a free app that makes excellent use of a previously hidden feature in Windows 7. I love it.

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  • Sreejith

    Not working for me :/ How does it get data ? Do u need GPS on ur laptop ? Or is there some other kinda tracking based on the connection ?

  • http://www.geosenseforwindows.com Rafael

    Sreejith,

    We're currently looking into a bug that results in the sensor not initializing correctly on some machines. If this is the issue you're having, shoot us an email — feedback@geosenseforwindows.com. We may want to get some logs from you.

    If this isn't the bug, make sure you're using WiFi — that's where the most accurate data comes from. If WiFi isn't available, we fallback to IP which could be miles and miles away, depending on where the end of your Internet line ends.

    • http://clif-notes.blogspot.com Clif Sipe

      Thanks for the comment Sreejith – and thanks to Rafael for the reply. It's beautiful when a software author posts in response to an issue. I guess that shows just how "crazy" you are. LOL

  • mayur d

    It does not work for me.

    NO sensors Installed.

    so I belive it will need some additional hardware for the sensors to work

    • http://sathyabh.at Sathya Bhat

      You don't need any additional hardware. It picks up location info primarily from WiFi hot spots, failing which it reverts to IP address lookup. Of course goes without saying, if you aren't connected to the Internet, you cannot use it.

  • RichH

    I installed it on a new Acer laptop running W7 ultimate and it gave my location as 17 miles from where I'm located. It took a while to remove it from my system, There are no instructions anywhere for removal and it doesn't appear in Add/Remove Programs. Clicking on the sensor itself gives you the removal option. ( Yes, I was using WiFi. )

  • Q

    Really cool. It said I was about 110ft away from my house. Pretty accurate!
    Anyone know if it would work as well on an airplane?

    • http://www.omgpop.com/?r=zc9 Q

      Now it has me less than 50ft away.

    • http://clif-notes.blogspot.com Clif Sipe

      Personally, I’ve never been able to access internet while on an airplane. However, it’s becoming available now. See “how to access internet on airplanes” – Google Search http://bit.ly/96tDPy

      How accurate it would be, would depend entirely on how they supply the service to you.

  • morris

    wont install let alone function

  • Andrew

    Really cool, has anyone got this working to a HTML5 browser that uses the new Geo Location API ?

  • Akash

    Hi, its working fine for me in australia and the location is accurate. Thats a good application…Thanks

  • John

    how to use this app. ive install it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003344470521 Subhrajit Tarai

    hey what’s up?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002712950399 Andile Mxhalisa

    Is it possible to get free GPS download for notebook PC.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002712950399 Andile Mxhalisa

      I do not get the software to install in my laptop, thu, I can’t comment whether the system if working or not

  • ism

    but it is not worked Offline?!!
    I need App. GPS in my Laptop worked offline to help me…please..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003048293373 Kalpesh Patel

    F.A.L.TU

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=570806200 Dantes Dan

    nice

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000726315334 Sanjay Sharma Dhuri

    nice way to get old childhood, college friends gives extreme happiness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002872524338 Sanjaya Madusanka

    Is it possible to get free GPS download for notebook PC.

  • raghav

    its not working in my laptop. its showing no sensor installed but i have downloaded it and intalled it .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001375349038 Charles Olatuyi

    this is KULLLLLLLL!

  • Anandhababu

    enable option is not coming?? whether i have restart the system or what??

    • kk

      For new version of Controll pannel on Windows 7 Only :
      Make a new Folder , and then Rename It with : GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
      Now You Have The Ultimate Control Pannel.
      Now search enable location in search bar
      you will find.

  • reem

    I’m from Bangladesh. Here I’m in Dhaka (capital), where it’s showing another city as my location which is quite far from my city.

    Good thing is– the program is working.

  • noorbagus

    hei. it’s not working in my laptop. i have installed it but there is a notification “cannot get present location” on my weather gadget. the geosense demo client also not working. i’m using external modem for my internet connection. who can help me?

  • passit

    It was working fine prev but now getting some problems so thought to download new version (if available) but it seems the link is dead. Please provide updated link to download.
    Thanks :-)

 
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