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Old 26-01-2012, 13:49   #16
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Re: Revolutionary Norwegian PC on a Stick

Blasphemy!
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Get the pitchforks and torches we have a heretic among us
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Looking for a pitchfork app now.
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Re: Revolutionary Norwegian PC on a Stick

But. There is no:

- screen,
- keyboard,
- big HD,
- younameit.

And when you take it anywhere, you cannot use it there, standalone. So, I think, it will be more like another device than an alternative device for most of us.

When are they going to sell it?

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I think this is a more interesting device:

The Raspberrypi a low cost ($35) single board computer the size of playing cards.

Can act as media center, or, since runs linux can be a linux host for OpenCPN.

They just got their first run of a 1000 boards, and shall be selling them shortly....

Just add power, USB keyboard and drive if you wish and a HDMI display!

The video below has some technical facts wrong... but nice to see the beta boards working:



Below is a system diagram... pretty nice...

the $25 version has the A components, the $35 has A and B....
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Re: Revolutionary Norwegian PC on a Stick

This is what I'm looking forward to..........

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Re: Revolutionary Norwegian PC on a Stick

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I think this is a more interesting device:

The Raspberrypi a low cost ($35) single board computer the size of playing cards.

Can act as media center, or, since runs linux can be a linux host for OpenCPN.

They just got their first run of a 1000 boards, and shall be selling them shortly....

Just add power, USB keyboard and drive if you wish and a HDMI display!
<snip>

According to Ticki, the fellow who has ported OpenCPN to the ARM processor,
the Raspberry has too little memory to run OpenCPN (2nd page of this thread);
OpenCPN Runs on Embedded ARM . The idea of using the Raspberry is good in principle, though - the cheaper the individual elements are, the lower the price of the finished product!

The reason I mentioned the Beagleboard is that it appears to be the most suitable
"engine" in an OpenCPN/Linux-based navigation system/box/pad than the alternatives except maybe for the Pandaboard. The design aim is to make a box which is primarily meant as a navigational aid/systems monitor BUT ALSO can run word processors, media players etc. as a useful bonus, None of the vanilla boards are suitable without modification though; they need NMEA ports (RS422?), anti-corrosion treatment, plus plus. According to PandaBoard FAQ - OMAPpedia ;
Is PandaBoard a replacement for the BeagleBoard?

While the boards are very similar in form factor, PandaBoard is not meant to be a replacement for BeagleBoard. PandaBoard was designed to be a vehicle for mobile software development, whereas BeagleBoard is meant to be used as a prototyping vehicle for product development. We expect to continue to see many innovations come out of the robust BeagleBoard community!



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Make no mistake, it will be a major undertaking if "we" decide to go throgh with this.

Who "we" are is yet to be discovered. The only unifying factor is the goal to end up with a product which is affordable for impoverished <30' boat sailors*, is rugged like heck, is based on Open-hardware/software technologies, and consumes ludicrously low amounts of power.


*Or simply would like to have the hippest digital navs tool on the seven seas.




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Re: Revolutionary Norwegian PC on a Stick

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But. There is no:

- screen,
- keyboard,
- big HD,
- younameit.

And when you take it anywhere, you cannot use it there, standalone. So, I think, it will be more like another device than an alternative device for most of us.

When are they going to sell it?

b.
It'll have a (touch)screen, naturally. All the devices you mention can be connected to the box via USB, when necessary. All the hw navs stuff like GPS/AIS is built-in. Its primary position will be fastened to the cabin wall facing your cockpit, the secondary on your cabin table running webbrowsers / wordprocessor / playing music/movies. In this sense it'll be much like a Panasonic Touchpad, just a bit cheaper and less power-hungry.

Available? On Wednesday.
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