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Old 19-10-2013, 07:55   #16
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PRODUCT- Gechic Corporation

widescreen 15.6" touch screen
US$250 in the US

There's also a 13" version for about US$150.

Interesting unit, for sure. Perfect? Well, not waterproof, not sunlight visible. 2A at 5v, (=10w) which isn't terrible. How durable is it?

But definitely getting there - and hopefully just the first in a slew of new monitors in this space.
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Old 19-10-2013, 20:51   #17
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Re: Monitor for On-Board Comp

Pixel Qi 10.1" sunlight readable screen very low power.

The screen module with LVDS (most laptop motherboards) interface:
Pixel Qi 10.1 Inch Transflective LCD Display Screen | My Digital Discount

The screen module with a HDMI, VGA, NTSC/PAL converter board:
https://www.adafruit.com/product/1303

These would need to be fitted into a case.
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Old 20-10-2013, 02:37   #18
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US$250 in the US

There's also a 13" version for about US$150.

Interesting unit, for sure. Perfect? Well, not waterproof, not sunlight visible. 2A at 5v, (=10w) which isn't terrible. How durable is it?

But definitely getting there - and hopefully just the first in a slew of new monitors in this space.
That's the non-touchscreen version, no longer produced AFAIK. Certainly, a better deal.
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Pixel Qi 10.1" sunlight readable screen very low power.

The screen module with LVDS (most laptop motherboards) interface:
Pixel Qi 10.1 Inch Transflective LCD Display Screen | My Digital Discount

The screen module with a HDMI, VGA, NTSC/PAL converter board:
https://www.adafruit.com/product/1303

These would need to be fitted into a case.
THIS I would consider the right technology for a marine display, and the price is getting more reasonable. Now we just have to wait for someone to add a touchscreen and wrap the display in a robust, waterproof case.

(BTW it's not all that difficult to install an after-market touchscreen to a display. I installed one into an eee 701 (7" display). The whole kit, including USB interface, was about $35. But the factory-installed touchscreens are usually better)
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Why would you need one that is visible in sunlight?
Putting it someplace shaded would not seem to be a problem?

btw, the kindle seems quite good as low-power and visible in daylight,
i understand they can be converted to run as general tablet and not just bookreader.
Yes they are small, but perhaps using multiple?
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Why would you need one that is visible in sunlight?
Putting it someplace shaded would not seem to be a problem?

btw, the kindle seems quite good as low-power and visible in daylight,
i understand they can be converted to run as general tablet and not just bookreader.
Yes they are small, but perhaps using multiple?
I don't need for this to be daylight visible - it will live on some kind of stalk at my chart table.
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Why would you need one that is visible in sunlight?
(I'm just speaking for me) Because if it's not sunlight-visible and marine-durable it's just another land-toy that will fail at sea. Plus, people will wanna use these things at the cockpit eventually. Why have a navigational tool on-board that can't survive the environment?
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Re: Monitor for On-Board Comp

Just to throw my $0.02 in on the subject.

We mounted a 23" LCD computer monitor on the bulkhead, ran CAT5 when I rewired and use a CAT5 to VGA converter with a great amount of usefulness. The computer lives under the nav table with blue tooth keyboard and mouse. Luckily, the monitor has the mounting holes for a "normal" flat screen mount and we bolted it right up.

Ipad gets used in the cockpit.
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Hi,

I posted this on another thread. B.I.S. Electronics GmbH do a range of monitors open frame and enclosed from 10" to 26" I think (can't seem to paste website) Although not splash-proof they are designed for the marine industry. 9 - 30v, dim to 0, 1600 brightness, VGA and DVI-D inputs and on the open frame the osd buttons have a sticky backed extension. We never need more than 50% brightness and our wheel house has all round glass! Very happy especially for night navigation. Navnet BB into vga and Open CPN into DVI.

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Also see on eBay UK for overhead mounted tv/monitors with multiple inputs and reasonable brightness 15.6 I think. There are also quite a few companies in the UK who can supply flat panels to one's requirements.

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Re: Monitor for On-Board Comp

I recently used a 14" USB-powered monitor (described here in the VALIS blog) and I was pretty happy with it. I had to fool the computer into thinking that it had a regular monitor attached though. I used a VGA dummy plug, but there was probably some BIOS trick I could have done instead. In the blog I mention that the display can be dimmed appropriately for night use, but I discovered that it was still too bright even at the minimum setting. I ended up throwing a cloth over it.

It's funny how the dimmest setting is too bright, but at the same time not bright enough for reading the on-screen fine print and other details. Perhaps if my eyes were younger this wouldn't be a problem.

I plan to use the same computer/monitor setup again this summer. I will probably use some smoked plastic for night-use. I use a wireless keyboard and trackball with the computer. The overall power consumption is quite low -- about 2A @ 12V.
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