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Thread: PocketPC FrontEnd in the making!

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    Hey Devious,

    You sound pretty much like me.
    I also don't feel like stuffing a ton of cable and hardware in my car when I can get EVERYTHING on the PocketPC.

    I just received my Bluetooth GPS receiver so I am all set to start development on this.

    As I said, my setup has EVERYTHING.
    - Built in GSM phone (and GPRS internet connection anywhere)
    - Wifi (with a nice antena and strong signal)
    - Bluetooth, IrDa, memory card
    - I also got a cable and nicely hooked it up to my Pioneer head-unit.

    The first step I will make this weekend, is to design a nice user-interface so we have the feeling of howit will look.
    The first functional part will be a trip-computer based on the GPS (speed, distance, and other stats).

    Some questions/issue I have, and I will post them below.
    If anyone has answers, it is highly appreciated.

    - Could you suggest some "plastic material" which can be cut? Basicly, I don't want to use a cheap plastic holder, but I want to build a nice place for it in my dash. Basicly, I want to build my own dashboard kit.

    - Anyone know some free maps that are suitable to be used for navigation/GPS?

    That's it for the moment, and I will try to come back as soon as possible with something to show off

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    mrobert -

    See fabrication section for all tips on plastic / dash issues. You'll find lots of experience there.

    GPS / maps - Mapopolis gives you free software, and temporary free maps. You can try any map for a week or so, maybe 10 days. Software loads up clean. Go here: http://www.mapopolis.com/getmaps.jsp...3841312&p=&q=5

    They had voice directions which were ok. It'd give you like 3 warnings for an upcoming turn. On screen directions are usable while driving. Menus / interface not well suited for car. Recovery from "wrong" turns - which I kept doing just to see how it handled - seemed pretty good. They'd give a little sad tone, and then in a few seconds give you fresh directions. Once in a while it'd be "turn around", but usually it was better than that.

    I'm very interested in your experience with GPRS and internet everywhere. Who's the service provider for that? What's the plan & are you happy with it? etc Any suggestions here very much appreciated.

    Also, what BT gps device did you get?

    Finally, what programming tool(s) are you using for ppc?

    OK - off to day job ...

    D

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the suggestions.
    I got a no-name GPS, but it cold boots in less then 1 minute from my office window and works very great.

    Here is a preview of the front-end.
    I did some basic work.


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    Anakin78 : What, about "what"? ... your question is a bit confusing.
    I want to know about the soft for PDA.

    If´s ready or not.

    thanks

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    How about making a pocketpc remote for one of the existing frontend like Roadrunner or Frodo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by undisputed
    How about making a pocketpc remote for one of the existing frontend like Roadrunner or Frodo?
    Commercial App Already exists - Z2 Remote2PC
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    you said it. Commercial. And I was talking about more a direct remote not a remote desktop.

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    @Anakin87 : Not yet. There is a lot of work involved. I wish it was that easy

    @undisputed : Mainly because I want to install the PocketPC only in the car.

    This weak I managed to sort out the code for connecting to the BT GPS and aquiring the data.
    The first part, trip-computer, should be ready soon.

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    How is this all going?

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    Hello,

    I got a bit delayed, as I am getting married on the 20th of May and been busy with that ... but it's under development

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