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Add GPS to an eReader for an inexpensive eink GPS

Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 30 May 2014

I love projects like this. One enterprising chap has worked out how to fit a serial GPS to a Kobo eReader to make a light, portable, sunlight readable GPS, perfect for his other hobby, gliding.

The Kobo seems to be an ideal platform, it's cheap, runs Android, has an e-ink display and a resistive touchscreen.

He has detailed the work required which is fairly straightforward if you're confident with some basic soldering. There is even a 3D printable spacer/GPS housing that gives the end result a very professional look and feel.

Although the guide covers the software installation for glider specific soaring software I can see this could have uses in other fields such as marine navigation? e-ink screens can't refresh as fast as an LCD so there are some applications where they may not be suitable.

Have a read of the full project via the source link below.

Source: dotmana.com

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Posted by Mick002 on Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:08 pm Reply with quote

Interesting, sent me off on a run around the internet - came across this as yet unreleased reader with gps built in, android 4 will allow map downloads from google play store, an ereader with gps - great idea.


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