I use MX Mariner and it's great, but I have three major feature requests.
1. Ability to read the widely available global CM93 charts which I think most of us use with OpenCPN
target display with CPA alarm
(depends on 3)
3. NMEA feed over TCP/WIFI
We have a WIFI
NMEA server which provides GPS, AIS
and instrument data. The GPS from this feed is more accurate and most importantly using the GPS on my phone drains the battery
in no time. It would be great to be able to get the GPS feed over wifi
and even better if you can implement AIS from the wifi feed.
A bonus would be the ability to overlay some basic instrument data from the NMEA stream like depth
or to use the NMEA compass
heading information to orient the ship icon correctly (the projected track line being in a potentially different direction from the way the vessel is pointing.
Finally, some integrated alarms such as an anchor alarm
, depth alarm etc. would be a real bonus, making MX Mariner a complete package solution.
After that, some work on improving waypoints, routes etc. would be good.
With these added features in MxMariner we could ditch our laptops and chartplotters and switch to waterproof android tablets like the Xperia Z or the E-Ink Earl as our main navigation
platform. Think of the savings in power and the bonus of being waterproof.
I noticed not all of this stuff is on your "to do" list especially I think it is wrong that bluetooth NMEA is on the list and not Wifi NMEA - I think far more people use wifi than bluetooth.
Keep up the good work!