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06-26-2009 09:40 AM
wind_magic It would be easy to do with Linux, but I don't know about Windows. With Linux you could even have it talk and say the location out loud.
03-24-2009 06:21 PM
rikhall
Mission accomplished

Thanks all.

I think I have hooked Adam up with the right guy.

Now we wait to see what he gets up to.



Rik
03-22-2009 05:22 AM
St Anna We have a program callled sail-ability which uses cat rigged dinghy's and a 'joystick' which steers and pulls on or releases the main sheet. Disabled sailers _usually kids sit next to an instructor and sail around the bay / harbour etc.

Also another program' for blind sailors is running at a club level and has trips from day sailiing to circumnavigating australia.

I have met a few sailors (old salts) who are now blind. They still go out (with sighted people) but their input is invaluable. They can tell if off course or sails flapping etc.

The old adage applies (- excuse me Nike) - "just do it"
03-22-2009 04:38 AM
dongreerps Kurzwell makes several programs for those such as you describe, and seem to be always looking for ways to help the visually impaired. A call to them might be productive.
03-20-2009 05:54 PM
hellosailor Rick, as HyLyte mentions, the newer versions of Windows have some great accessibility features in them, and some vendors pack in even more. Start with changing the system defaults to very large fonts, enable the screen magnifier OR THE SCREEN TALKER which will speak the text for him.

Probably don't need anything special there.

I'd also call Garmin and ask them what they know, odds are they've got something in mind for the sight impaired. And, pretty much all of their newer "car" navigation systems speak directions. Some of those can be used with marine charts instead of road maps, that might be the real easy solution.
03-20-2009 03:59 PM
brak What your friend needs is an NMEA (GPS) data display on a computer with configurable "dials". Most NMEA using programs do not have decent instruments (and those that show any output rarely have data windows that resize significantly or at all).

This is a "big secret under wraps" (and, personally, I hate talking about things that are not ready yet) but Polar Navy is working on virtual instrument console right now. If your friend is interested, get in touch with me and I can have the very first releasable version available for testing. It will include custom-sized digital instrument output for variety of data (i.e. he could size a single instrument to the entire screen).
03-19-2009 09:48 AM
svHyLyte If his computer is using Windows, go to the Control Panel and click on the Accessibility Options which will allow him to adjust the size of the screen display to meet his needs.
03-18-2009 09:21 PM
serah I'm not sure what you mean by GPS sentences, so this may be of no help, but if you can interface the laptop with the GPS, the Nobeltec software can customize the view all sorts of data - including text size & colour for SOG, Bearing, Distance to next Waypoint etc. You can change your heading line to various colours and thicknesses as well.

I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for, but I can't take a screen shot if you'd like. We use a USB GPS, and set the laptop on the companion way hatch (calmish weather of course!) in the pilothouse. This way, we can see if we're on course, and relevant data on the screen from about 6ft away. I'm in Canada, but I figure they'd display the same down south...
03-15-2009 05:24 PM
bljones Or he could go low-tech. I installed one of these:

http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...456,43351&ap=1

on my Magellan Meridian GPS to make distance viewing easier. a couple of pieces of electrical tape to install it on the screen, and done. if you need higher maginification, make a stand off collar that fits around the screen.
03-11-2009 12:27 AM
CLucas
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Originally Posted by rikhall View Post
He has the 76, he has the cable and he connects it to his laptop. He is writing his own software to do it - but I just thought I would check here for him in case anybody else has done it. He wants to put a "Garmin 76 like display" full screen on the laptop screen so he can see the direction to the next waypoint.

I have passed on the links to him.

Thanks

Rik
Go to Maptech: Topo Maps Charts Navigation Software GPS and FREE Online Mapserver and check out either Chart Navigator or the U.S. Boating Charts software -- I think this has what your friend is looking for.
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