Benron is right to worry about weatherproofing. That is important for any motorcycling product. The idea of getting a special weatherproof android device seems antithetical to my stated goal of bringing the cost down and convenience up for dual sport GPS tools. If I had need for a hardened phone already, then that seems reasonable but otherwise a Garmin Montana might make more sense to me if I was going to buy another gizmo. Of course, I don't want to do that again.
That brings me to you guys for help. Any ideas for how I can weatherproof a thumb joystick and some buttons? I can prototype it electronically, but I don't have any good ideas on how to deliver a product usable in the real world. What would be perfect is some device that already does what I need in a weatherproof package. Something designed for another purpose and mass-produced so our costs can be kept down. It needs a hat-switch for panning and some buttons. Ideas appreciated.