[Q] Absolute barebones GPS - Like a Garmin
Looking for ideas, help and suggestions for a little Project I have given myself called Project Barebones
....Shall I explain a little further said Mr Holmes to Watson...
Iv got a little experience with Custom ROMs from playing around with them on my other phone's and decided to challenge myself the of creating a basic little GPS and ANT+ bike computer , the main reason being. Iím a cheapskate and don't want to fork out over £250 for a Garmin 800 GPS and ANT+ bike computer as I donít really need it but like the idea of it as keep on getting lostÖ..plus I like to have a dabble with phones, ROM and gadgets in general. Thatís the reason you are probably reading this post as well.
I have bought myself a Sony Ericsson X10 Pro U20i and two spare batteries off Ebay. This is due to the relatively small size and it was only £20. Itís not in great shape but is fully functional and the point of this project was to make a home made GPS that is cheap, reliable and will actually work at its sole purpose of being a GPS. My initial idea is to use a Custom ROM should it be out there or with the Permission from an owner, to strip it apart and leave the bare essential required to function as a little stand-alone unit hence the Barebones reference. I donít really want o go into the land of creating a ROM as donít have the time these day plus I have a feeling id be inventing the wheel again.
Parameters for the unit are simple:
One Android operating system no lower than 2
One GPS software package
GPS & Wi-Fi capability only
Bluetooth capability for the ANT +
Simplest launcher possible
Access to the Playstore as some apps will not work without the it being installed. IE Strava
Simplest web browser
The unit will not need to be able to make calls, text or even be able to work of a mobile network as Wi-Fi will be the only comms required.
I think my main obstacle will be the ANT+ as the phone is capable of it, as defined in the original OS of the phone as publicised over the net
Any help would be great appreciated as Iím a novice in the understanding of ROM and Android at this level and to anybody whoís reading this thinking oh Iíve seen this before, just point me in the right direction as I canít find it after searching for a few days.