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Before you buy.
This sounds ideal for a GPS+PDA application. Earlier this week
I saw a post in this group for the GPS only (no map and controls,
just NMEA out) for about half the price of low end GPSs. A PDA
or similar low end computer could run the application. You would
probably create this guidebook in the same manner. To me, this
is what a GPS liek the Garmin III+ or Magellan 315 should allow
instead of providing room for 100,000 sites that I'll never visit.
Feel free to write if you want to make such a beast. I'm not ready
quite yet but working on it.
Is "Tutor" a typo or does it have another meaning?
You may have a problem with the shopping application because there is
usually insufficient signal within buildings. The Garmin eTrex even has
question it asks if there is too little signal for a while: "Are you
Are you wanting audible or legible messages? A Psion PDA could do both
but is rather quiet.
P.S. Mike, I was kidding about the pampers thing, and yes Tudor was
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>Thanks for the reply Dale. Oh, I don't feel slighted. I just can't
>believe I'm the first one who thought of this kind of application.
>Certainly, someone is already doing this. Hey, who's the manufacture of
>the GPS units for Golf carts? Aren't they programmed to know what
>course your on and give you details about the hole your playing?
Most "GPS receivers" should really be considered as two devices:
1. the GPS receiver that receives signals from the satellites and
computes its present position, speed, and direction of movement.
2. a Navigation Computer or Application-specific computer that accepts
the data from the receiver, and, in the case of the Navigation
Computer in the consumer hand-held receivers, allows the user to enter
waypoints and routes, and will generate steering information to direct
the user, arrival alarms, and similar data. The golf cart systems
have an Application-specific computer that contains a database
describing the particular golf course it is used on, and provides
information that golfers want to see.
You seem to be looking for some sort of application-specific system
that will do things that most GPS users don't (yet?) want or expect
from a general purpose GPS receiver.
(This is not a criticism, just a thought on why you aren't getting
much response to your request.)
Peter Bennett, VE7CEI
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