On the surface, these devices do not appear very computationally powerful and could be considered embedded devices. They do feature fairly rich operating systems with a lot of user configuration. Wireless is typically also supported for connecting to sensors using ANT+ or to a smartphone using Bluetooth.
Research has shown that some commercial products are running android under the hood, coupled with low power processors and screens. The benefit here is that development time can be reduced, though potentially at the expense some cost and efficiency.
I wanted to build a device that could at a bare minimum display a map on a low power display, while also displaying a .GPX track indicating a pre-planned route. There is obviously a desire to maintain a low cost, and targeting a 32-bit microcontroller will aid in this. The software design will heavily influence the required level of hardware performance.
My aim will be to maintain a one-off cost of less than £100, which would present a good opportunity to further reduce cost on a larger production run. I want to develop something that can be fairly robust and actually usable, so potentially later designing a companion app to wirelessly connect to the device and upload routes or firmware updates.
From Suffolk, currently living in Hampshire.
Electrical and Electronic Engineer.
A keen cyclist, runner, hiker and photographer.