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post #33 of Old 03-19-2007
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Originally Posted by hellosailor
I don't know about sailing nav packages, but if you've seen the job that TomTom and other "car nav" packages can do on the Palm Treo and other "smartphone" devices...Hey, it fits in your pocket, runs all day on a small battery, and a 320x320 "half vga" screen isn't such a bad place to start.

Of course Treos are unsuitable for use on deck, because there's no lanyard attachment point. But a nav package that could live on a computer below, and then either "dump a session" or integrate with bluetooth to the handheld on deck...that's just GOT to be coming on the market soon. It makes entirely too much sense, and would do many jobs very nicely.
This is basically already possible. Look at Fugawi Global Navigator... it has PDA versions for both WinCE and Palm devices. Also, you could do something similar with almost any PDA if you used it to remotely control the PC via something like VNC.

The only problems I have with the PDAs are screen size, robustness and battery life. The 3" diagonal screen is a bit tough to work with, most are allergic to water and salt-laden air and the battery life is only so-so with them, especially if their wireless radio for either BlueTooth or WiFi is going full tilt.


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