[Loadstone] Direction fix mode

Shawn Kirkpatrick shawn at odyssey.cm.nu
Sun Dec 2 12:03:31 GMT 2007

We plan to put in software heading calculation at some point. This would be 
mainly to help with those receivers who's heading is next to useless at 
walking speed.
Trying to compensate for the drift is an interesting idea. The biggest 
problem I can see with this would be a slow response at low speeds. At 
walking speed the heading might not responde very quickly to changes in 
direction. Maybe when software heading calculation gets implemented this 
idea can be tested to see if it would work. If it were that easy you'd think 
the gps receivers would do this internally.

On Sun, 2 Dec 2007, Jürgen wrote:

> Hello LS-Team,
> I've another suggestion to make a good thing better:
> Often when I come to a busstop or crossing, the direction starts
> to spin around.  I know the reason for this, and I know, how to
> fix it by now. I just could set the minimum speed to 2 or 3 km.
> But in other situations this will also have bad results. Now I've
> an idea, that would have no bad results for me and if it's
> swichable could not have any bad results for others.
> What about calculating direction inside LS. I can imaging  it the
> following way:
> - An new Value in Settings (GPS drivt prevention) Set to 0 meters
> LS runs like now
> - Set to a value (V) different from 0 LS calculates its owen
> direction following this logic:
> Save Position X
> When getting new position Y
> Calculate D as distance between x and y
> if D bigger than  V then
> Calculate Heading from X to Y
> Save Y as X
> End If
> Setting V to some thing around 20 meters would giving good
> results for nearly everyone. The better some ones receiver or
> signal, the lower the value may be.
> What Do you think about this Idea?
> J.
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