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Old 19-03-2018, 12:17   #1
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I'm currently looking into our next naviagtion system and we have decided it will be a laptop or Rpi running OpenCPN. The computer (pi or laptop) will be at the nav station, but we'd like to have a screen and control at the helm. Control is fairly easy via a wireless waterproof mouse/keyboard. What I'm having a hard time finding is good priced waterproof screen (HDMI). Has anyone found one?

If not is anyone using a good sunlight readable tablet using VNC ? The tablet would need to be waterproof or in a case (while sill working in bright sun).

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Thanks...unfortunately I'm not an iThing guy. I prefer android.
But still some general thoughts..
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What I'm having a hard time finding is good priced waterproof screen (HDMI). Has anyone found one?

If not is anyone using a good sunlight readable tablet using VNC ? The tablet would need to be waterproof or in a case (while sill working in bright sun)
I've not yet seen a reasonably-priced, sunlight-readable and waterproof screen or tablet. A few have recommended Panasonic Toughbooks or similar industrial/military laptops, but those are very spendy new, and even the older used ones are not cheap for what you get.
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Re: Waterproof screen

Assuming you're talking just the screen, get cheap x 2 so you have a spare.
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Re: Waterproof screen

geoffr,
Last spring, I picked up a Sony Experia Z2 tablet specifically to run OpenCPN for my sailboat. The nice thing about the Sony is it is the only waterproof tablet that I have heard of. It runs OpenCPN with no problems, and except for direct sunlight, the screen is easily readable. The battery without plugging into a usb charging port is about 5-6hrs keeping the screen on continually and running OCPN. The tablet also had the magnetic charging port built into the bottom edge of the tablet. So far I am happy with it. Since I am in the process of re-wiring my boat anyway, I will be installing a power port near to or on the helm to power the tablet from the 12v system, so battery life will not be an issue. There is a Z3 version and I think a Z4 version available now. I only gave about $175 for it. It was supposed to be a refurbished unit, but what arrived looked like it was brand new, with the original plastic and packaging. It is supposed to be linked to Verizon, but I just access the network through my home network for updates and downloads. You may want to take a look at one.

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