30 January 2010

Cool new way to control & monitor navigation data

I've just come across this incredibly cool new development kit that has wonderful capabilities when applied to a marine market.

It's the Texas Instruments eZ430 Chronos wireless watch development tool. This is a development tool that includes a sports watch with a wireless connection to a PC.

Three simple marine applications that come to mind:

  • Show navigation data such as Speed Over Ground, Wind Speed etc. etc. on your wrist.
  • Control your auto-pilot (via NMEA 2000).
  • Act as a Man Over Board detection device.



The possibilities are endless as they say.

2 comments:

  1. Very interesting. Reading the Wiki page it's unclear what if any additional radio hardware would be needed to transfer data (like, say, NMEA2000 data) from a PC to the watch.

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  2. The kit comes with a USB dongle called an "Access Point" that does the communication.

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