I wanted to let the community know of a new board that I think is pretty cool. I (somehow) influenced its creation but I am not affiliated with it.
It is a board for Raspberry Pi that can take NMEA 2000
and NMEA 0183
as an input, plus a Qwiic modular sensor
for things like temperature and pressure sensors. It is called PiCAN-M
, you can see more information at the link.
As I said, I am not affiliated with the product or the company. I just had bought a previous version of this board that I really liked, so I was exchanging messages with the maker/owner to convince him to build a version that has an NMEA
connector and an NMEA 0183
interface. Along the exchanges, I also convinced him to add a sensor
output. It is powered from the NMEA
backbone so makes it even more interesting (at least to me).
I have one to play with but I have been overwhelmed with work
and cruising and I didn't have time to test it out. But I will at the earliest opportunity and post my results. I think this could be a very interesting board if you want to integrate your marine electronics
with a Raspberry Pi/Open Plotter/OpenCPN/Signal K etc.
Anyhow, sorry if this sounded like an advertisement, but I was very excited to see this product hitting the market and I played an indirect role in its development. I personally wanted something like this for a long time, so I wanted to let the community know.
I will send this thread to the maker himself so if you have any feedback, thoughts or suggestions, please shout.