[OSGeo-Discuss] Mobile GPS - really low cost hardware platforms for this?

Sasa Ivetic sivetic at shaw.ca
Wed Aug 2 13:38:46 PDT 2006

I might have missed it, but is it touch-screen (for use w/ a stylus)?  If its not, then how do they handle keyboard input?
If they require an outside keyboard, or if they require you to navigate a virtual keyboard using the joystick, then there might be some (lots?) of resistance by anyone who might use this device for anything that requires even a small amount of keyboard input, or clicking, etc.

----- Original Message -----
From: "M.Blackmore" <mblackmore at oxlug.org>
Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2006 2:38 pm
Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss]	 Mobile GPS - really low cost hardware platforms for this?

> Picking up on the thread of mobile GPS, I wonder about really low cost
> hardware that can be pressed into service, that is light and portable?
> Running an open/free operating system I should think.
> What about something like this being converted - could it be done?
> http://gp2x.co.uk/
> Or has anyone had any thoughts about the one laptop per child machine
> due out real soon now? No hassles about running out of juice to 
> pull the
> cord or wind the handle or whatever.
> The sorts of thing I am thinking about for use are GIS coupled with
> second hand old GPS kit for developing countries, or first world
> environmental organisations on a shoestring budget or no budget at 
> all,or hard up state school down to primary school level, where 
> capitationfunding is pretty tight indeed and they waste so much 
> money on
> overspecced PCs and microshaft conware...
> Or is the world going to be flooded with last generation or 
> grandparentgeneration laptops which combined with a wind up power 
> generator will
> mean that full size portables can be pressed into service and new 
> boughtstuff will be unnecessary?
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