- Wireless data on the rail!
Numerous Ockam equipped boats
have onboard computers linked to
their instruments. Most reside at the nav station,
occasionally with touchscreen monitors in the cockpit. Some boats are
equipped with special purpose on-deck devices like our ESP or
Sailmath’s Deckman. Certainly the benefit of an interfaced
computer is significant but so is the cost and complexity, making it
imperative to fully use the information without hindering or otherwise
compromising the actual sailing of the boat: this is, in fact, quite a
||Ockam Eye enables PocketPCs to
affordably and wirelessly display and control your
instrument system from the rail.
The Eye PDA system:
compatible with ALL Ockam instrument systems. In
fact, if your system outputs NMEA data, it'll work with that too (see
the NMEAxlt application on the OS4
- Provides up to 20 pages of numeric or graphical
information. Each page can contain up to 8 numeric or 4 grahical items.
- Full instrument control including Cals, Averages and
- Built-in function controller.
- Designed for finger-only operation where possible.
Setup and some system control functions involving keyboard input may
require the stylus.
- Any number of PDAs can be used with the Eye system,
but each requires a separate unlock code.
- Instrument data comes from the instrument system (1) via a
DB9 connector to the PC or laptop COM: port.
- The PC or Laptop (2) runs OckamSoft 4 EtherServer
software which takes the instrument data from the COM: port, organizes
it into User Datagram Protocol (UDP) packets and
broadcasts them out of the Ethernet port.
- The UDP packets are received by the Router (3) and sent
over the air to all devices receiving it's 802.11b (WiFi) radio.
- WiFi has several built-in mechanisms designed to keep your
- The PDA receives the instrument data via WiFi and displays
- The process works the other way when the PDA sends a
command to the instruments.
(including tested components)
CPU or 001 CPU with 050 RS232 interface.
2002 with 802.11b WLAN.
HP iPAQ 5450 with built-in WLAN.
Dell Axim X5 with Linksys WCF11 net card.
Toshiba e740 with built-in WLAN.
XP with COM: and Ethernet ports.
- Download and review the HowTo.
- If you intend to use Eye, don't install
OS4 until you have your PDA installed on your PC.
- Download and install OS4.
- Get your PC working with an Ethernet LAN using TCP/IP.
- Configure your Wireless Cable/DSL router.
The Eye application runs as a
demonstration (fully functional but short-lived) until registered.
Install it and try it out. If you like it, get your plastic and call or
Details are included in the HowTo
And don't miss our OckamSoft 4 FAQ.
the installation HowTo. (88Kb PDF).
Go to the OckamSoft 4 page to
read the FAQ and download OS4 with Eye.
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