Getting GPS info from iPhone (or other smartphone) into MAX as X/Y coordinates

May 8, 2013 at 11:05am

Getting GPS info from iPhone (or other smartphone) into MAX as X/Y coordinates

Hi there.

I’m interested, in using the GPS coordinations of a device as a realtime modifier of parameters in a MAX patch.
Is there a tried way of doing this?

I’ve searched and I always running into javascript and such, which is not whit in my reach at present.

May 9, 2013 at 4:54pm

I think you’d need “an app for that” to get the GPS onto the wireless network, then get it in Max using udpreceive. The two platforms would need unique apps I’m sure. There may be one out there…? Anything that sends GPS from a device to a computer should be hackable for your purposes…somehow.

May 9, 2013 at 5:38pm


I was hoping to avoid that.
Well, I’ll look into that.


May 9, 2013 at 7:33pm

An app for that:

Should really plug it in this situation, as the developer added the GPS after I requested it!

May 9, 2013 at 7:47pm

Look in to

May 10, 2013 at 12:25am


You should be up and running in no time with [udpreceive] and that app.

May 11, 2013 at 8:28am

GyrOSC is nice and elegant, but the gps isn’t accurate enough for my needs. I need it to be accurate within 10 cm or so.
I’m thinking that gps is not the way to go.
I might need three proximity sensors og direction sensors to triangulate the position. Anyone know about this? :)

thx so far.

May 11, 2013 at 8:34am

yeah, gps is never that accurate – something something guided missiles.

Kinect-tracking would be my suggestion.

May 14, 2013 at 4:44pm

Kinect you say. I have no idea what that is. I’ll try googling.

just to be clear, what I’m looking for, is to pinpoint an individual in a 6 x 10 meter room. actually the preference is to be able to pinpoint a smartphone and it ip in this room, as I’ll be using the smartphone for interacting with the installation.

but kinect might work.


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