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Driving notes proggy....

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Siliconslave, 1 Jun 2006.

  1. Siliconslave

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    Been thinking about combineing my interest of driving and expanding my programming skills by writeing a "little" mobile java app..... After using my tomtom as a indication of whats comming corner wise while driveing unknowen fast roads

    The basic idea would be a gps co-driver for your car, something that you can program in a route and make notes of the course. The real benafit would be for tracks, imagine having a visual or audio (would have to be v-loud) giving you an idea of what kinda speed you want to be hitting a corner at, how long/tight/cambered the corner would be. Or even just a map of the course - like in most racing games....

    I'd be looking to develop it as a java mobile app, using a bluetooth connection to a gps unit.

    Could also be used for lap and split timeings, speed indications etc etc

    Issues would be the accuracy and speed of updates, limiting its effectiveness on a tight track

    what do you think? usefull?

    Laters
    Sam
     
  2. Chris1712

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    Would be pretty damn sweet, not sure how useful it would be, but it would definetely be badass pretending to be colin mcrae with a co-driver :p
     
  3. Siliconslave

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    still have memorys of playing sega rally.... "LOOOOOOng Easy Right baby" (not entirely sure it was baby.. but its close enough :D

    Wonder if I could rip the audio....
     
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    Soldato

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    Do you have experience in j2me w/ JSR 82? Some phones will support this but not be 100% with it - tomtom and the like work with bluetooth as they are mostly coded in C and use handy symbian hooks - I think you'll find the j2me sandbox a little restrictive (I've just had to write a PNG encoder that works on j2me... difficult!)
     
  5. Siliconslave

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    yer, i'm not expecting it to be easy, but there are are programs using bluetooth gps unit's data from within j2me so its gotta be doable :)
     
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    Soldato

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    be very careful, even though its a "standard" not many phones will support JSR82 and even fewer will allow you to do anything remotely interesting with it.

    What sort of J2ME experience do you have?
     
  7. Siliconslave

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    yer, i've head that allot, gotta love standards :)
    My J2ME experience is pretty limited, I tend to work in j2se/j2ee just want to start doing projects in on ME, and started pondering about this idea.... I'm pretty good at learning stuff as i go along though, tis pretty much how i learned j2ee to begin with "can you do this project for us" "erm... yer sure, i'll give it a go :D"
     
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    Soldato

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    okay, well you need to make sure your handset is MIDP2.0 compatable with CLDC1.1 configuration or you are gonna get nowhere ;)

    www.j2mepolish.org is useful for looking up what handset does what and etc etc.

    Also look for the mobile device information page at http://wurfl.sourceforge.net