Android tablet GPS maps and mount

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by FixerDave, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. FixerDave

    FixerDave KLR650 - XR200R

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    This is way off-topic for the original post, so I started this thread.

    First, the pictures:

    The mount:

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    rubber isolated in an attempt to reduce vibration... didn't work that well.

    The sun shield:

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    Works well. The eventual plan is to wire the above adaptor in permanently :D

    Here's the tablet in the mount:

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    The above shows an earlier version of the custom maps I've come up with.

    I wrote a review the tablet here so I won't bother repeating it:
    http://fixerdave.blogspot.ca/2012/01/cybernav-mini-review.html

    I also made a few comments, okay, whining complaints about using a table here:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781683

    But, to answer your questions, I'm using a cheap ($115) Chinese 5" Android 2.2 tablet that has a decent gps chip in it. Not rugged, not waterproof, but not expensive either. Glare was a big problem until I came up with the idea of using high-contrast custom maps, and that works surprisingly well. Overall, I'm very please with the results.

    Someday, hopefully soon, I'll do a write-up on making custom maps for it. But, for now, the short answer is OSM data - Osmosis to grab a section - JOSM to make custom layers - Maperitive with a custom ruleset to render everything down to tiles - MOBAC to convert the tiles to Orux maps - and Orux on the tablet to actually use them. It was a steep learning curve, but after getting it figured out it's become fairly easy to work through the process.

    David...
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  2. Myway

    Myway Long timer

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    Thanks!! well done.
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  3. FixerDave

    FixerDave KLR650 - XR200R

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    As a side note, if you're making paper maps with custom info on it, you might want to look at Maperitive. It's designed for that, more so than making custom tiles.

    David...
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