Very Odd Looking Vehicular Object
- Mar 31, 2008
- Insignia CT 4x4 CDTI Biturbo
Just out of curiosity, how much is one of those compared to a normal car nav?
Something tells me Tomtom sees the Rider lineup as an opportunity for markup.
A smartphone with Google Maps is next to useless on a bike.
Motorcycle navigation has some more difficult requirements than your standard car navigation: For starters, it has to be rainproof, shouldn't shatter if it falls off the bike, and has to be operable with gloves. Better ones have more sophisticated routing for "nice routes".
But yeah, it's bloody expensive...
Some gloves allow for smartphone (capacitive touch screens) usage.
Also, aren't most satnavs resistive touch screens rather than capacitive so that you can actually use them with gloves or when it's very cold?
You don't really need significant hardware for MATLAB unless you're planning on running exhaustive scripts...
I know that, but for Solidworks it'll be a massive benefit especially with all the group based classes I'll be taking the last 2.5 semesters I have. I might add I purchased a refurbished unit at a much lower cost than a new unit with it's warranty still intact till next July.
I also guess voice output has to be routed into the helmet somehow (some of those integrate speakers/headphones, don't they?), an integrated speaker like most of normal satnavs use will be pretty useless on a bike at speed.
It'll be nice for doing some stuff at home but I bet the workstations at your school will be faster and more conducive to getting your projects done faster. Having a nice big screen (or two) makes a world of difference IMO.
A good option is a helmet Bluetooth headset like the one I have, a Sena SMH5:
I mainly use it to listen to the directions Google Maps gives me and sometimes music on longer rides. It also acts as a handsfree device for calls and an intercom with other headsets. The dial and buttons are big enough to use with gloves and the controls are pretty intuitive although sound quality isn't the best. I picked mine up for $95. I think a setup like this is better than a dedicated motorcycle GPS unit because it keeps your eyes on the road where they really need to be when riding. You can also buy helmets with a similar headset built in but then you're limited to having it on just that one helmet and can't transfer it to another helmet if it gets damaged or something. Plus I bought my helmet and this headset for about 2/3 the price of a purpose-built Bluetooth helmet.