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Discussion in 'Vendors' started by craftycoder, May 26, 2011.
I told the market to require Froyo (aka Android 2.2). You probably do not meet that requirement.
The app has been updated to display the current active log in a more obvious color. It had been displaying as a wide mostly transparent yellow line. Oddly, it was hard to see. I've changed it so that it is now much narrower, solid, and a higher contrasting color. I've been riding the last few weekends and been finding this feature sort of annoying hard to see.
The electronics are shrinking. That is a standard sized USB plug for scale. The plan now is to put all the parts in one waterproof box and mount that to the bars. These electronics cost about half of the prototype electronics.
I like where this is heading....
How would this work with a Cheap Chinese Tablet? ...Assuming it had at least android 2.2
Secondly, Would it work with one of the external bluetooth GPS adapters assuming the tablet did not have an internal?
And thirdly, Is there a way to get specialized maps on it from providers such as VVmapping? He makes maps for GPS units which already have all the ORV trails in the base layer, Along with indications of what roads are legal to ride in state and national forests-- Neither of which Google does.
I'm thinking It'd be like a full page of a gazetter that would live in my tankbag's map pocket
One user, who is currently on a long trail trip is using a Nook Color with bluetooth GPS already. It works great he says. 7" moving map in his tank bag is the bomb or so he claims. I'm still just using my phone .
VVmapping sells Garmin maps I believe. I've been working a little on using them as a base map, but it is not ready and I have no ETA. My suggestion would be to transfer those lines into a GPX and upload that GPX onto the dualsportmaps (as a private map assuming VV considers his maps proprietary). Then you and only you would be able to have ready access to those maps whenever you wanted them and if they got wiped from the phone you could easily download them from the site again. There are free tools you can use to convert a Garmin map into a GPX so while it is not trivial it is feasible with an hour or two of reasearch and 20 minutes of hacking. I think MapMan will do it for you.
The new tiny electronics will fit in the back. This is designed to be waterproof, but I'm not certain it will be. I can't imagine how the water gets in, but that doesn't mean it won't. The wide dimension is about 2 inches. The whole on the side is for the wires to the battery and phone.
The last problem to solve is mounting to the bike. I'm going to look at the bikes tomorrow and see what I think it is best.
My wife took pity on me and got me Solidworks which is why the parts look better.
Looking at the pics, I don't see a seal, like on the GoPro camera case. Maybe you could use the same seal or type of seal...
I'm going to put a gasket between the blue and orange parts. I am hopeful. A threaded rubber boot will cover the large hole in the front. The side hole will be sealed to IP67. No leaks there.
So is this fancy controller using standard USB, or something else?
If It's USB I bet I can get it working on an iPhone... that'd be nice!
I'd say it's standard USB but it is done in a non standard way. The remote is the USB host and phone is the USB slave. This is because Android phones are just slave devices. This a good thing actually, because it allows the remote to charge the phone which is very cool if you ask me.
The protocol is open and standard so you should be able to get the two to jive. Look up the Android Accessory Development Kit. The specs are in there.
I've been messing with SolidWorks today. I found some issues with the previous model after modeling the innards and putting them in. I'll post some photos once I get the rotary encoder finished.
Sounds good. I've never worked with USB before, but it can't be too hard. I will wait until you've ironed out all/most of the glitches before I get stuck into it though.
The firmware is working great. The software on the phone is good. The hard part is making it REAL.
just found this an hour ago, downloaded and it works great on HTC EVO. I am not a techy person but have got the basics figured out.
Great app and I cannot wait for the remote. I probably have never paid more than a few$$ for an app but this is well worth it, especially if it saves me from upgrading my old garmin.
Thanks for your work with this.
I went ahead and modeled the whole thing. Everything should fit nicely now. Now I just need a machine shop who can build it. Anyone?
Glad to hear it
Nice work with the solidworks Modeling! Helluva investment if you just bought it for yourself!:eek1 (It's my dayjob)
Izzata Stock enclosure machined to your Specs or did you go completely custom?
SolidWorks was a gift from my wife. DO NOT TELL ME HOW MUCH IT COST!!!!! :eek1
I drew up everything except the joystick internals and the side plug. Those joystick internals are from an XBOX but I'm using a Playstation joystick. They are identical except for the knob which I'm not using anyway. I modeled the custom knob based on a rubber sealing nut I found at digi-key. I drew it up based on a schematic. The cross section isn't right, but all the important details are spot on. It took me about 3 hours to be able to anything with it, but I started that yesterday midday. I figure I spent 10 hours on it. I even modeled all my own ANSI and ACME threads. It took a little research to learn how it's done but it was a good learning experience.
I wonder if that guy Ivan Sandman can build it. He has done some custom aluminum parts for the WRR, and may have a contact to build the body of this little gadget.....
Here is a link to some of his stuff:
Good idea. I've actually purchased parts from him in the past for my WR².