I'm a hardware
developer who's been watching the open source movement with interest for many years. Recently, open source hardware
is becoming more and more available. I've been wanting this movement to take hold with marine electronics
but it's been slow. I'd like to change that.
I'm envisioning an open source marine electronics
hardware community that provides open alternatives to the closed versions available by big companies. I'd like to offer hardware to those that can't make it themselves, yet keep things open for tinkerers and people who want to truly own their things.
I have a number of items in mind but to start the process, I've been developing something I'm calling ForeSight. It's an e-paper multifunction display for displaying data in the cockpit
. Think of it as an e-paper version of a Garmin
GMI20 or Raymarine
i70s. It's a product that I've wanted for a long time but hasn't been available.
Here are some specs for ForeSight:
4.2" e-paper display with fast update
using an Arduino compatible ESP8266-12e
Data input from marine devices using two NMEA 0183
Multiplex inputs to single NMEA 0183
One CAN bus port (NMEA2000)
Ambient light sensor with RGB e-paper lighting
ARM processor via an Arduino compatible Teensy 3.2
Capacitive touch front panel controls
Supercap for clean power down
, wide input (12-24v)
Input voltage sensing (battery sensing)
"Standard" instrument form factor (4.5" square)
instrument control via network
Temp/humidity sensor and alarm
buzzer planned for future revs
I currently have a working prototype that functions as a multifunction display, NMEA0183 multiplexer and NMEA
bridge. It currently supports gps
, heading, depth
data inputs in both a graphical layout and full screen
modes. I'm working on network image transfer so that it could be used as a wireless display for your computer or Raspberry Pi
I'm working around an NDA with a manufacturer so I'm not ready to release the source but I expect that to happen within a few months.
I'm writing here to gauge interest in this project
and to make contact with capable, like-minded people. Community feedback would definitely be good, bearing in mind feature creep can be bad.
Let me know if this is something you'd like to have and/or if you'd like to be involved.
Cerulean Submergence LLC