I've noticed a number of 4.3" display Android tablets out there selling for down to $30 (USD). This got me thinking.... None are daylight viewable but that will change in time. There are a few nmea
collector/repeaters that can send the data stream on WiFi
as udp packets as well.
Putting that all together I started to look for Android apps that could display nmea
data. Not an exhaustive look but I did not find open source apps - I'm sure that they are there.
So what I envision (may already exist) is a set of open source instruments along with a central data collector/transmitter.
The display would run on Android and to start with look more or less like dedicated speed, depth
instruments from the various makers. Being open source adding in heading, ais
, position etc would be "easy".
The data collector could run Android or some other linux
based system with serial
and ethernet port for data input and a WiFi
module for broadcast. Add in an encryption layer with shared keys on the instruments for security
My own programming was quite high level at one time (real time process control in assembly, 60k lines of code. Everything from saw mills to power grids.) but is not really applicable to Android/java. I've been starting to play with Eclipse and eventually will get something going.
So if there is any point to this thread it might be:
Any suggestions for getting a leg up with android apps?
Is there such a project
Is there an open source display for android that would give me a leg up in design?