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New Open Source Project?

posted Feb 09, 2016 19:40:04 by Matthew Foderaro
Hi everyone,

I have been following the shift light project for a while now and I have been wanting to get into an Open Source project in my free time. Since it seems like we`re all here for the same reasons, I was wondering if anyone wanted to start a project in regards to a GPS track timer. I'm a Computer Science student and backyard mechanic and would love to combine both of my interests.

Is anyone else interested? Jon?

Matt
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Jonduino said Feb 10, 2016 19:24:59
Ooh! This sounds like a fun project. There are a number of GPS modules available already for the Arduino that seem pretty straight-forward to interface with (and high accuracy). I'd love to sink my teeth into a project like this. Although, I realistically won't be able to assist until late-spring, early summer, as I'm currently trying to finish my Printed Circuit Board for the shift-light kit.

The software could be pretty easy too.. it'd be realist to 'mark' the finish line and each time you pass that point count it as a lap time and store the information for later review.

Great idea!!
- jon
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Matthew Foderaro said Feb 12, 2016 17:22:11
Awesome, I'm glad you think it's a good idea!

We have a small track here in Manitoba that I wanted to make a track timer for. Exactly what you had suggested; mark the finish line and each time you pass, count it as a lap. I'm going to look into the logistics of something like this shortly but I think it would be very doable. Could get fun in regards to the design. If we wanted to get crazy we could:
- Sync go-pro via Bluetooth to a tablet of some sort
- Store lap-times/coordinates on micro SD and upload in real time to tablet to display times (Design some API)
- Have the ability to re-watch lap-times while waiting for car to cool down
- Etc

Let me know what you think of these ideas and maybe input from others as well! I haven't looked into the logistics but I'm sure it can be done.

I know these products are already in existence but what's the fun of buying off-the-shelf products when we can make our own!

- Matt
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