GPS device maker Garmin is acquiring MotionBased technologies, says this press release.
MotionBased is a web app that lets you store and visualize outdoor activities that you record using GPS devices. In other words, it provides a great excuse to buy a Garmin device.
At another level, however, this hints at strategic change of direction by Garmin, I think. Motionbased’s application lets you view your efforts in Google Earth. Garmin’s own Mapsource software now also supports Google Earth as of a week ago. I think Garmin is getting ready to hitch its fortunes to the expected mass popularization of all things GPS, and integrating deeply with Google Earth is the best way to do this.