3rd Q&A post on my MIDC project
How much display heat is there expected and will it need to be dissipated?
Good question over again. The current LG display I'm using for demo & test purposes, is really a low power
one. In the specs there is typical power consumpion of 2,5W. So in the current enclosure I don't expect heat dissipations problems with overheating
as a consequence. With the foreseen sunlight readble screens, there is another situation. Especially when the size of the displays increases. The typical power of the expected 10' display is about 8W. Combined with the IP65/67 ambition this will give me a tough challenge. Nevertheless, I do think I have a really dead simple solution for that as well. Before I will publish about it, I would be happy to verifiy that this provisioning
will work on the different screen
sizes, the different cockpit
mounting situations and the way cables
will brought from instruments towards the cabin/underdeck. I know my own boat very well, however that's not the case for the bigger ones.
The only thing I would like to tell that this design aspect is part of my design scope
a serious problem to prevent.
Not now. I don't see a good reason for it, because that part of the MIDC can and will be mounted in the cabin
. The reason that the cabin
is the logical place to mount this device is the possibility to run Android on it (with a SD card change) and to connect a cabin screen
alongside the cockpit
screen! So with my MIDC you'll get both a dual OS and a dual screen solution. That's quite cool, isn't it?
So for now I'm saying no. However if there is a very good reason to do so, I'll rethink my current decision. It will enlarge the current engineering challenge specifically for all the connectors on UDOO. So the reason must be very, very good to change my mind
How much programming and electronic work is going to be needed?
No programming at all. At most installation
and configuration. The whole idea will be targeted on people like me who can't program software
. That's the reason I'm strongly looking to OpenCPN
, SignalK, Open Plotter and Open Sailing Processor and willing to cooperate with them. It's the freedom of the end user to choose whatever he or she wants to use as the most beloved maritime application.
MIDC will only be the low power
high performance maritime platform which might be build yourself, delivered as a DIY kit or as an end user product ready to run with commercial support.
So, rgleason; this was the last part of 3 posts with a very interesting set of questions. Hopefully this show the ambition of MIDC and what might be expected and what not. If there are any questions feel free to post them here. I helps me design a attractive and valuable product not only for me personally, but for all interoperable and open source minded boaters out there.
It's in my timeline to publish the first and integral MIDC, somewehere in autumn. In the mean time I'll publish the progress on Hackets.io, with some cross postings here.