The $100 tablet ECS, an eBay marvel

... written for Panbo by Ben Ellison and posted on Feb 8, 2006

 Scampers Low Cost ECS

You’ve gotta admire John Williams’ keep-the-costs-down / keep-the-battery-full / let’s-go-sailing philosophy. The pride of his nav station (bigger here) is this antique (Windows 95), 12v sipping, pen computer (eBay, $50) which has a Holux PCMCIA GPS card (eBay, $55) plugged into it at left, and is running SeaClear charting software and NOAA raster charts (both free). John’s blog pictures the setup here and details it here, (and don’t miss his experiments with LED replacement bulbs here). This guy is having a lot of fun with a 25–year-old sailboat and some cast off electronics, though he does admit to desiring one of these. Thanks, John!


Great find Ben, that guys setup rocks and you have to love the chartplotter on a budget!

Posted by: Todd Huss at February 9, 2006 6:11 AM | Reply

That's great!! Very clever.

Posted by: John at February 9, 2006 7:49 PM | Reply

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