{Stus-List} PC Based instrument Display

Prime Interest primeinterest at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 10:59:39 EDT 2009

In a recent sailing magazine a short article talked about a sailor using the
XO Laptop from the One Laptop Per Child / Give 1 Get 1
(http://laptop.org/en/laptop/index.shtml ) for it's ruggedness, WiFi,
somewhat daylight readable, water resistant, low power consumption. The
sailor had integrated with his electronics as was using it as a remote
display for his chartplotter and server integration.



The Give 1 Get 1 program cost $498 and, as the name implies, gave one to a
child in the 3rd world and shipped you one. This program is no longer
operating ( maybe again later in the year ) but you can find some on eBay
for around $240.








ed vanderkruk


s/v Prime Interest

1982 C&C 38 Landfall

Toronto, Canada


primeinterest at gmail.com




From: cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com [mailto:cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com]
On Behalf Of cenelson at aol.com
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 10:09 AM
To: cnc-list at cnc-list.com
Subject: {Stus-List} PC Based instrument Display


I am looking to replace my ~ 3 yr old Navman instruments which have had
display problems almost from day 1.

Since all the sensors appear to be working, all I need is a reliable display
and a method to convert the raw input
from the sensors to the appropriate units. 

Given the costs of anything with marine in the product, I thought I might be
able to use a suitably programmed
Net Book or other small computer as a combination sensor 'reader' and
display, perhaps with the display 
changing periodically to display depth, then windspeed, then compass
heading, etc.

Are there reasonably easy solutions out there that will keep the cost to a
few hundred instead of a few thousand dollars or is
this just wishful thinking?

Charlie Nelson
S/V Water Phantom
C&C 36 XL/kcb




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