Originally Posted by boat_alexandra
Maybe a 3d printer could make a housing?
A 150x90x30mm 3D custom printed housing (thats what I see for the Olimex w/o display) would not be cheap
neither. Robust will depend from the material used. A carved wooden case would be great...
And you have to seal everything very well. Get a good epoxy
The larger displays are generally slower because they have to process and display that much more data.
I believe with the right interface it would be all that's needed.
You want to explore the minimalistic way.
A 4.3" phone
or similar gadget for navigation
would make me very nervous.
Put 50 AIS
targets on it. How much do you have to zoom in for details? I can't see intuitive awareness. And a magnifier will not do it neither
Now with android support, most smartphones can run opencpn, but there are issues that need to be worked out because of the limited screen size (options and other dialogs are not completely usable)
Sean, from your post in the other thread it is very clear that OCPN an Android is still a "proof of concept".
That you getting something very limited to run on one platform is one step. An important one. But this is very far away from having OCPN on Android for the mortal.
User interface is just one - and not small - issue. You are listing a lot more.
Just remember how long it took from you stating "rendering of raster charts
is now much faster" to get a usable beta.
This not not to discourage you - but keep in mind that there is a very big difference that something somehow is running on your development environment
and a distributable version.
Keep on fighting