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03-23-2011 09:18 PM
Dfok My iPad (ver1) with the 3G data connection works great with iNAVX. Earlier last season I had a wifi only iPad inboard linked to the Internet with a VERIZON mifi, I recall that worked too. The original did not use " real" gps, it calculated from the towers it could see.
The biggest issue is seeing it in bright sun, but that is not a deal breaker.
iPad apps I appreciate are wunderground for weather, RADAR to watch storms moving in real time and Bouydata for direct reads of nearby weather bouys.
Pandora radio and tunein radio give me great music and a connection to " real" radio- NPR anywhere, anytime, and I can DVR any of it.
Evernote has all my manuals, notes, copied forum replies for boat, engine, sails, etc. I use my iPhone or camera to snap pictures of jobs that need to be done, stuff that needs repair. When I leave for the weekend I take a look around, snap shots of provisions that need replacing which explains the photo of toilet paper.when I get a new filter, impeller or whatever I take a quick photo of the label with part number, etc.
All goes into Evernote which syncs with my real computers and everything becomes searchable.
And here I thought the iPad was expendable. Hah
03-23-2011 04:34 PM
YeahJohn Well. You have tons of options. The iPads camera adapter is realistically a usb adapter.... just saying. Dual makes a really cool bluetooth gps adapter with iPap app, or your iPad 3g has gps, or your iphone can tether to wifi model. EarthNC is $9.99... iPad should in my opinion only be a companion to your native chartplotter... But I have the apps on my iphone and ipad, and have my lap top setup too. The cool thing about the daul bluethooth gps device is it can provide gps signal to almost any device, so instead of owning a puck you can have a gps signal in the air to capture on many devices.
03-23-2011 02:47 PM
night0wl
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Just heard from him. I was mistaken on how it was connected. It is the BadElf as you mentioned.

But here's his update. He is changing to the bluetooth GNS 5870, so no connection at all. This allows the Ipad to be in a waterproof case, unless that somehow blocks the signal, as well as remaining able to receive the GPS reception if you take the Ipad down below. Untested so far, but sounds perfect to me.
Perfect, except for cost Its still $100 for the GPS, representing 20% of the cost of the cheapest ipad.

Nearly everyone has a hockey puck gps already, or if not, can get one very cheap.
03-23-2011 02:45 PM
miketucker
iPhone GPS can be linked to iPad

If you have an iPhone with the newest iOS installed (4.3), there is a feature called tethering that allows you to connect your iPad to your iPhone over a Bluetooth connection so you get cellular internet on your iPad. A side effect of this tethering option is that the GPS data from the iPhone is also linked to the iPad.

Mike
03-23-2011 11:16 AM
Minnewaska
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Originally Posted by night0wl View Post
Are you talking about the Apple Camera Connection Kit ($29). If your friend is able to get a puck gps to work over the connection kit...*PLEASE SHARE DETAILS*....this would be a dream setup for me.

Otherwise, I'm not aware of any GPS (other than the Bad Elf) that works directly with the proprietary apple connection (the really wide one).
Just heard from him. I was mistaken on how it was connected. It is the BadElf as you mentioned.

But here's his update. He is changing to the bluetooth GNS 5870, so no connection at all. This allows the Ipad to be in a waterproof case, unless that somehow blocks the signal, as well as remaining able to receive the GPS reception if you take the Ipad down below. Untested so far, but sounds perfect to me.
03-23-2011 10:19 AM
Minnewaska
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Originally Posted by night0wl View Post
Are you talking about the Apple Camera Connection Kit ($29). If your friend is able to get a puck gps to work over the connection kit...*PLEASE SHARE DETAILS*....this would be a dream setup for me.

Otherwise, I'm not aware of any GPS (other than the Bad Elf) that works directly with the proprietary apple connection (the really wide one).
I will ask him and get back to you.
03-23-2011 10:05 AM
night0wl
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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Sorry about the USB. My Ipad hasn't arrived yet, but on its way. Anyway, a buddy does use his Ipad(ver1) with a GPS puck, I didn't realize it wasn't a USB connector, although, I just looked up that they make an adapter. I hadn't looked that closely at his.
Are you talking about the Apple Camera Connection Kit ($29). If your friend is able to get a puck gps to work over the connection kit...*PLEASE SHARE DETAILS*....this would be a dream setup for me.

Otherwise, I'm not aware of any GPS (other than the Bad Elf) that works directly with the proprietary apple connection (the really wide one).
03-23-2011 08:03 AM
Minnewaska Sorry about the USB. My Ipad hasn't arrived yet, but on its way. Anyway, a buddy does use his Ipad(ver1) with a GPS puck, I didn't realize it wasn't a USB connector, although, I just looked up that they make an adapter. I hadn't looked that closely at his.
03-23-2011 07:49 AM
night0wl
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Just add a USB GPS puck, nothing to it. $50 or so. I think they are considered more accurate than the internal GPS in the Ipad anyway.
iPad does not have USB....so adding any ol' puck GPS is not possible.

There has been good feedback regarding the Bad Elph gps accessory. Pricey though at nearly $100
03-23-2011 07:45 AM
Minnewaska
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I would be interested to know how you interface your GPS into the IPAD. I purchased a charts app from apple before I realized I do not have internal GPS on my Ipad...
Just add a USB GPS puck, nothing to it. $50 or so. I think they are considered more accurate than the internal GPS in the Ipad anyway.
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