Off Topic - Motorcycle Computer
- I've recently added a small handlebar mount GPS unit to my motorcycle and
It's made me think that a similar-sized programmable-by-me computer would be
good fun to have. I figure it has to be something ready-made but I'm
trolling for ideas.
I need something like:
-a waterproof module maybe a 1.5 in thick, 2.5 wide, 4 or 5 long with an LCD
and a couple of buttons.
-ability to take a couple of external signals (serial data from the GPS,
tachometer and speedometer pulses from the bike)
-a processor I can write code for, probably ideally in a simple language
like Basic but in principle C or assembly would be ok. Best would be
something I could program on the road.
-non volatile memory.
Things that occurred to me were:
A project based on the Basic Stamp or similar;
finding a GPS unit that would allow me to write and invoke my own code
without screwing up the GPS functions;
finding a cycle computer that would allow me to write and run my own code;
using a general purpose pocket PC like an HP ipaq.
- The basic stamp seems to be a good way to go. You could also try
using a Palm Pilot. If you want to do a little soldering and save
lots of money consider using a PIC processor teamed up with a parallel
LCD display. Check out some of my projects which use PIC processors