[Loadstone] Direction fix mode

Shawn Kirkpatrick shawn at odyssey.cm.nu
Mon Dec 3 00:24:23 GMT 2007

The only thing you could get from this would be an average speed over the 
distance. The heading would be completely unreliable since you could have 
turned any number of times over the distance. Maybe it would work over short 
distances but then the user is always having to update the reference point. 
Depending on user input to get position data is probably not a good idea.
What this sounds more like is some kind of tracking mode. Something where 
you start at a point and the system keeps track of your route so you can 
follow that course back to the starting point. Something like this is on the 
todo list.

On Sun, 2 Dec 2007, Ari Moisio wrote:

> Hi
> A more robust way would be to have a user-adjustable reference points. ie 
> user marks a certain point and LS uses this pint as a refernece untin new 
> point is set. This method would give following benefits:
> - Heading is very accurate for distances over few hundred meters. With 
> distances under 50 meters there is not much improvements.
> - User can  follow  instructions like  '110 degrees from given point'. This 
> of course requires a corase (clockface) relative heading to reference point.
> -By manually marking points pedometer accuracy could also be improved.
> This approach require of course more user interaction but because LS 
> requires continuous user interaction to get any data out of it this would not 
> be an issue.
> You can still escape from the Gates of hell: Use Linux!
> -- 
> mr. M01510
> On Sun, 2 Dec 2007, Shawn Kirkpatrick wrote:
>> 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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