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

Blammo bob.basques at ci.stpaul.mn.us
Thu Aug 3 11:02:52 PDT 2006

Michael P. Gerlek wrote:
> There seems to be a lot of interest in this topic, and you guys are 
> doing a great job -- but I too think it is time to set up a specific 
> mailing list for this topic.
> -mpg
It seems to be slowing down a bit I think (although the posts are more 
thoughtful (and longer) now, which is a good thing.  I would like to 
hold out a bit more on it though if possible to make sure we reall do 
get all interested parties.

They seems to keep coming in as the conversation progresses.

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>     *From:* Blammo [mailto:bob.basques at ci.stpaul.mn.us]
>     *Sent:* Thursday, August 03, 2006 10:56 AM
>     *To:* discuss at mail.osgeo.org
>     *Subject:* Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Mobile GPS - really low cost
>     hardware platforms for this?
>     Sasa Ivetic wrote:
>>     I think the problem is that in the field they may not want to carry a keyboard.  It gets quite awkward to try to walk and type on a keyboard at the same time.  When using a touchscreen device, they can walk and enter information at the same time (using the stylus).  So I'm not too sure how good this device would be for field use.
>     In the past I've deatl with this on the application level and kept
>     the data entry to a minimum where possible, free flowtext input is
>     the hardest though, I agree, but you can do wonders with a set of
>     multiple choice questions.  :c)
>     bobb
>>     However, as it is quite cheap, it may work well for places where end-users are able to utilize a keyboard/mouse/etc.
>>     Also I see that you can plug in 1 USB device, and with the expansion board you can use up to 4 USB devices.  That could come in quite handy.
>>>     I found a couple of references to KeyBorad hacks using a PALM 
>>>     Keyboard.  
>>>     There were also some folks who have already gotten Bluetooth to 
>>>     work.  
>>>     Don't know how stable though, but it would allow for Keyboards.
>>>     bobb
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