OpenSource GPS

Open source is spreading everywhere, and that includes the maritime industry. Although very much for techies at this time, this is a nice example of a marine related open source project. OpenSourceGPS allows for much more flexibility in the use of a GPS receiver. Again, it’s not for everyone, but if you’re interested… For some more examples do a search on SourceForge for any boating/sailing related key word.
“These days you can purchase OEM GPS receivers for under $100 – in quantity, even under $50. These OEM receivers are circuit boards with a GPS chip set on them and some kind of processor which runs the GPS chipset (although sometimes it’s all just one chip). Along with the hardware, there’s useually some custom, proprietary, closed-source software in the flash (so really it’s firmware) which runs the chipset and produces the position estimate.”

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