I've been thinking about the same things for a while (It's boring staying ashore, when everybody is at sea !).
Well, we often use 30-35 ft. sailboats as starting wessels. This makes it easyer to use a lap top PC on board. My intention is to do all RO result work on sea.... (What about micro chips in every boat ? Rounding presentet at land in real time ??).
I'm thinking of doing everything on board, and then print it on a printer ashore, and have "someone" in the kiosk posting it... It would be great to post results from the wessel to internet.... If I had a large screen, we could present it to the sailors as well....
Unfortunatley we don't have a WLAN (yet)...
So, a palm or what ever, is not what I want. You have to gain something, and I don't see how. Recording the results is not what takes time, and you have to (?) record them on paper anyway.... Maybe voice recognition on a Palm would do it ?? I have a Siemens that have voice reconition, but it only take commands...
One way to use a Palm/CE : If you have "direct connection" to your PC, it could be used as a NUM-pad for recording results... That could be quite fast and nice.
Well, still I think I would prefer a laptop.... Maye with a waterproof box ?
----- Original Message -----
From: John Selby
Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2003 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: [sailwave] Hand-held finishing?
this takes me back to an earlier request to Colin.
If you just record sail number and finish time on the hand held, you could
send the file as a csv import to Sailwave. Problem is at the moment sailwave
also needs race number with each entry, and I believe start time. I had
suggested to Colin, could a way be found of putting these in as a header, so
that only sail no. and finish time was required for each boat. Seems it
might solve your requirement as well.
----- Original Message -----
From: "James Lavery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2003 10:44 AM
Subject: [sailwave] Hand-held finishing?
> I'm about to put in a wireless network at our club (lucky us!) which, with
> an external antenna, should be able to cover our start/finish area. This
> has got me thinking as to how to put this to use in race scoring.
> One obvious solution is to have a laptop on the committee boat, on which
> can finish boats, with the data stored centrally.
> However, I'm wary of taking laptops on boats - water etc. don't mix with
> expensive kit. So how about a handheld - Palm or otherwise?
> Of course, if we use a handheld, this is not related to the wireless
> so much, but how we could use it to ease the RO's job when finishing.
> I happy to develop application for a Palm Pilot. so what I'm interested in
> from the Sailwave group is ideas as to the best user interface to use, to
> make things easy. Bear in mind the size of the screen!
> (I'm assuming I can write a conduit which will allow the download/upload
> competitors etc. from Sailwave data to the handheld.)
> So - thoughts please!
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