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holden

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Enhancement: VMG Velocity Made Good
« on: May 12, 2009, 08:45:55 am »

hi all,

first of all, thank you for this great product. i have been using the GH-615 for a while now and i am very happy with it. after updating it with the 625 firmware i enjoy it even more.

i bought it for kitesurfing in the first place. even after many hours usage in water it still works well. no water inside. there is one feature that could make this product even more useable for watersports. especially for course-racing.

VMG Velocity made good: first you have to define a direction. direct input in degrees or better, via two waypoints. the vmg is then defined by the speed you gain in this direction.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velocity_made_good
this feature would be killer for all wind driven racing. right now i determine the vmg afterwards using a special software to anaylse my recorded track. if i could read it right away  ::)

greets, h.
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Re: Enhancement: VMG Velocity Made Good
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2009, 09:31:06 am »

Dear Holden

Thanks for providing the useful informaition. It sounds cool.
I am wondering you prefer to adding this feature into firmware of watch or on PC Software?
Could you provide the market information of wind driven for my reference so that I can discuss with our maketing team.
Would you offer the special software for my definition of UI or any idea for sharing?

Sincerely,

Geoffrey  :)
 
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Re: Enhancement: VMG Velocity Made Good
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2009, 10:03:02 am »

dear geoffrey,

definately firmware on watch. if this feature is also included in the pc software, perfect. but i, for example would need it on the watch since i can use another software for my analysis anyways. i will geather some more information on existing solutions etc.

cheers,
h.
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Re: Enhancement: VMG Velocity Made Good
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2009, 10:47:39 am »

Dear Holden

Could you show me the existing software? I am curious to know it.

Sincerely,

Geoffrey  ;)
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Re: Enhancement: VMG Velocity Made Good
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2009, 12:01:59 pm »

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Re: Enhancement: VMG Velocity Made Good
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2009, 03:25:27 am »

hi geoffrey,

gpsar calculates the wind direction on it's own when opening a track data file (.gpx). how they do it, i don't know. i assume they compare the angles between the tacks and kind of average it. you can adjust the wind direction afterwards if you find it to be incorrect.

there are gps devices on the market already that implement vmg. the ones i found where designed especially for yachting. for example velocitek sc-1 (http://velocitek.com/products/SC-1). disadvantage and the reason i don't own one yet is it's bulkyness. i have no idea where to mount it when going kitesurfing. but i bring along my GH-615 everytime i go kitesurfing. by the way, letting you set up individual screens is just great. when trying to read my speed i use a screen with just speed and max speed. the numbers are therfore big enough to be read easily. back to the topic. another disadvantage is it's price and you cannot use it for anyting else except sailing.

UI basic:

VMG setup: definition of wind direction. input of direction in degrees. input of number: 0 to 359. additionally input by using two waypoints (similar to the create route dialog). this dialog should also result in the number representing the wind direction in degrees.

VMG display: just another value to display. can be negative!


UI advanced: if there was christmas and my birthday together and i had a free wish:

VMG display: dedicated VMG screen. display of two values: VMG and tactical heading. the value of the tactical heading is the angle between the direction of the wind and the direction you move. if you move directly against the wind the tactical heading would be 0. if you move the same direction as the wind the tactical heading would be 180. if you move and the wind comes excalty from your left (or right) side the tactical heading would be 90 and so on.

wind direction correction: if you notice a change of wind direction there should be an easy way to correct the wind direction. when viewing the dedicated VMG screen and you notice that your VMG on one tack direction (starboard or port) is always higher than on the other direction you need to increase or decrease the degree value of the wind direction by just pressing + or - button.

by wind driven i meant all vehicles that use wind for their movement. yachts, dhingys, windsurfing, kitesurfing on water but also on land. kitebuggys, ice-sailing and so on. one issue on these vehicles is to get to one point as fast as possible. if this point lies exactly upwind you cannot go there on a straight line but you have to go zig-zag. this is called tacking. one straight line in this zigzag is called tack. to optimize your path you have to consider the angle and you board/boat speed. if you go more directly towards the wind your board speed will decrease. if you try to max your board speed, the angle will be bad. the best path will be somewhere in between or in other words the VMG is highest.

cheers,
h.
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Re: Enhancement: VMG Velocity Made Good
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2009, 07:59:56 am »

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Re: Enhancement: VMG Velocity Made Good
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2009, 02:45:03 am »

dear geoffrey,

i talked to a friend about the vmg-feature. he just came home from a race he took part in. http://pixsail.com/index.php?/category/146 he said that if the gps-device is to be labeled racing and training device for wind driven vehicles (or similar) there is another feature necessary:

timer: many races are decided before they even started. it is important to cross the starting line at the right spot at the right time with as much speed as possible and free from turbulaces made by other racers. to make things worse, there is obviosly no real starting line since being on water but only a starting boat on one side and a mark on the other. you cannot break and stand on one spot because you will always drift in some direction. plus you cannot accelereate in any direction only kind of downwind. this is why there are three signals that start a race. 10 minutes before the start, one minute before the start and at the starting time itself. if you want to win, you have to know the exact time left to plan and execute your tactics. this is why almost all racers use a watch with a countdown timer.

cheers,
h.
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