Brief instructions for connecting a GPS module to DSerial have been posted to NaWiki. At this time raw NMEA strings can be read in the console. I will update my old Google GPS for DS hack to use this at some point.
I think maybe i’ll buy a DSerial in 2 weeks?
Just one Question:
I don’t have a flashed DS, so can I use DSerial anyway?
One time I tryed to push off my passcard and I could use my homebrew apps after that, too. So I think it works with a non-flashed-DS, too, doesn’t it?
But i think it’s cool: now we can use the DS for Navigation, too.
Could you say if it works with other GPSes, because I live in Germany, and I can remember, that the specification is not the same as in the USA?
And (it’s really the last Question) can you if I need anything else then:
Flashed DS is preferable, but it’s also possible to swap-in DSerial after booting with your Passcard.
As for GPS, it’s called Global Positioning System because it works everywhere on Earth, so it will work in Germany
EU is working on their own system called Galileo, but it’s not going to be operational until 2010.
Is there any chance you can make this a little more practical for the non-EE geeks in the crowd? What I mean is, any chance you can put all of the above items together in a small but elegant package that we can simply purchase from you and plug it into our DS and use it? (no assembly required). If you did that, I would be interested in buying one. That would be a solid, practical item for the DS.
Thanks for all your hard work on these great gadgets!
Hi, wiki is showing “500 Server Error” so i can’t see the little brief.
I’m with Serpentor, since i live in a small city, finding GPS Modules are not as easy as it seems. Another problem would be finding one compatible with DSSerial. So it you create a “all-in-one” package would be great.
Open your source code may be not very amazing or interesting to you, but i started thinking some features to add, waypoints, km done,…
@Serpentor and theNinjaBunny:
Thanks for your suggestion, I will consider it.
I fixed the Wiki. For some reason my host decided to edit the php.ini file…
USB cannot be used, since DSerial is a USB device (and not host) and it would be like connecting a keyboard to another keyboard. But, some (if not most) USB GPS modules can be hacked with a serial port. Usually, they use a small serial-to-USB converter chip. So if you open your GPS module (and perhaps remove the metal RF shield) you could look for that chip and find its pinout on the web. Then it’s a matter of connecting its Tx line to DSerial Rx line on IO2 port. You can even determine whether it uses a serial-to-USB converter without opening anything by looking at the Windows driver files.
New DSerial batch should be available in about 2 weeks, but I might start taking preorders next week. Hopefully I can stand up to the demand this time around