FAQ

How I could have benefits if I build my FairWind system?

  • Posted on: 29 September 2015
  • By: admin
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You are in the FairWind manual example case: the maxi displays could be connected directly to FairWind and the transducers too. The echo sounder should have a NMEA output compatible with a RS232 serial port. You could connect it using a serial/usb adapter or directly on the FairWind board. Maybe a good quality marine GPS receiver with usb plug could be connected to FairWind in the way that could act as position source for the anchor alarm.
 

What the meaning of open technologies in the FairWind context?

  • Posted on: 29 September 2015
  • By: admin
English

FairWind itself is not open source as any Android app. In the same way the BApps could be or not open source. Nevertheless FairWind runs on Android and uses many open technologies as the SignalK instrument data sharing standard.

So sailors with any skill in computer programming and simple mobile/web technologies background can develop applications gaining benefits from FairWind (and sell them on the Google Play store)! Is mandatory that the FairWind app must be up and running on the device where BApps run.

Which kind of hardware do you suggest for building my FairWind installation?

  • Posted on: 29 September 2015
  • By: admin
English

The first prototype run on a Raspberry PI connected to an Arduino Micro with the USB port. This configuration is not really usable on the boat, so we moved to a better hardware. You need to buy our “Servant” interface in order to connect your instruments to the central processing unit. Any tablet or single board computer supporting the Android OS could be a good choice for FairWind.

We suggest this configuration:
 
• Udoo quad [http://shop.udoo.org/eu/product/udoo-quad.html]