Naviter Oudie2
Note: See also the Naviter-Oudie2-Bundle below.  It includes the Oudie with brighter screen and SeeYou for the PC.  You save $35 when you order them together.
The original Oudie was a revelation when it was first released.  It offered a very nicely packaged combination of PNA, GPS and soaring flight software - complete with cables, chargers, mounting cradle, etc.  When released it was slightly brighter than any existing PDA or PNA.  Even so, like all color PDAs and PNAs at the time, it was only "OK" in sunlight.  Turning off the display of terrain data made it acceptable, but not great in bright sunlight.  In every other respect it was (in my opinion) the perfect "Personal Gliding Assistant".  The Oudie proved to be a huge success.  I sold over 400 of them over 2 years.  They would not have been so popular if pilots didn't agree that they were acceptable in sunlight.  Yet we all wished for a much brighter screen.  The only bright alternatives were much more expensive large displays that needed to be mounted in the instrument panel (requiring the re-layout of the instrument panel). 
 

The New Brighter Oudie
The great news is that Naviter has now introduced a new, brighter version of the Oudie.  How much brighter is it?  You can see for yourself in the photos above.  Click on them to view larger versions.  They were taken in bright sunlight.  The original Oudie is on the left and the new Oudie is on the right in each photo.  The display of terrain data is turned off in the left image.  The brightness of the new Oudie is in the 900 to 950 nits range.  That is very bright.  The original version Oudie had a brightness in the 350 to 400 nits range.  The Oudie is now the perfect soaring tool. 

The Oudie is a "Personal Gliding Assistant" that is nearly perfect for use in gliders.  Many current model PDAs and PNAs suffer from some "gotcha" issue such as the lack of a serial port, or low resolution, screen too small or too large, etc.  The Oudie is the perfect size for use in a glider and offers a built-in GPS and built-in RS-232 serial port - so it can talk to soaring flight computers and flight recorders.  The 5" diagonal screen is a little larger than a PDA, but the overall footprint is much smaller than the existing "high end" soaring navigation displays.  The screen resolution is 480 x 272 pixels.  That is more than an iPAQ h3900, the same as the Bendix King AV8OR and less than iPAQ 310, iPAQ hx4700 or ClearNav.  I have flown many hours with an Oudie I have been very satisfied with its screen resolution.  The price is very reasonable considering it includes a built-in GPS, suction cup mount, power/data cable with built-in 12V to 5V power converter and a license for SeeYou Mobile that is tied to the Oudie.  The Oudie (with its built-in GPS) has been popular both for pilots looking for a portable system in club and rental gliders, and pilots looking for a semi-portable mounted system wired into a glider's electrical system and connected to a soaring GPS or flight computer.  One major advantage that the Oudie has over all other PDAs/PNAs is that it has non-volatile memory.  It does not lose any data when the battery dies.  You just re-charge the battery and go fly. Another cool feature is that when using an external GPS, the Oudie will automatically switch from external GPS input to using its internal GPS in the event that the external GPS stops sending data. It also automatically switches back to the external GPS when it starts receiving data from it again.

Oudie Comparison Table

Improvements in the latest Oudie 2 versions shipped after September of 2012
All new Oudie 2 and Oudie 2 Lite units shipped after September 2012 have the following advantages over earlier Oudie and Oudie 2 units.
 Since the Oudie 2 Lite units were introduced in December or 2012, all Oudie 2 Lite units have these new features.

  • Slightly faster processor (faster than similar competitive products)
  • Faster screen updates - it is especially noticeable when moving from screen to screen
  • Lower power consumption (about 30% less than competitive products)

What's in a Name?
I am often asked how to pronounce "Oudie".  I don't have an exact answer.  At first I suspected OwDee (as in the way "ou" is pronounced in the words "out" and "loud").  But now I suspect it is OhDee (as in O.D.).  My theory is that Oudie it is a play on words just like the name of their PC software - SeeYou.  SeeYou could be a play on the abbreviation C.U. (or Cu) (get it... CU = SeeYou) often used as a shorthand way to say Cumulus.  Likewise Oudie just may be a play on the abbreviation O.D. (over development - what happens when there is too much moisture in the air and strong lift such that the clouds grow too big and cover too much of the sky).  What do you think?  Am I right, or is it just late and am I "reaching" a bit...?  Regardless of how you pronounce it, it is a great product and a huge hit with soaring pilots around the world!

It is a "Personal Gliding Assistant" which runs SeeYou Mobile natively. What makes it different than any other device on the market is the ability to perform all of the most important tasks for glider pilots right out of the box.

Features:

  • Screen brightness: 900 to 950 nits (extremely bright - sunlight readable)
  • Large 5" screen
  • Landscape and Portrait screen orientations
  • Integrated GPS for stand-alone operation
  • Non-volatile memory - all data is retained if the battery gets low.  (Most PDAs lose all their memory and must be re-setup when their battery gets low.)
  • Automatic GPS input switching - When receiving data from an external device, if the Oudie stops receiving data from that device it automatically switches over to using its internal GPS.  It also automatically switches back to the external data source when it starts working again.
  • GPS Data Output - The Oudie can be configured to send GPS data out to another device.  For example, the Oudie can send GPS data and "distance to target" data to a Cambridge L-NAV or S-NAV.  For details see the required cable here: Cable-Oudie-LNav-0p3. It can also send GPS data to an LXNAV S7 variometer.
  • Oudie Cable Kit- It connects to the unit's mini-USB connector and includes a built-in 12V to 5V power converter and an RS-232 voltage level converter.  This supplied Oudie cable can be connected directly to a FLARM or PowerFLARM unit.  RJ45 (female) to DB-9f and DB-9m adapters are included which can be configured for connection to most soaring GPS and flight computer types.
  • Bluetooth serial communication
  • SeeYou Mobile soaring flight software is pre-installed
  • Vector maps for the world are pre-installed
  • Airport and Airspace files for much of the world are pre-installed.  Below is a list of the included files.  To select the airport and airspace files for your region, in SeeYou Mobile, go to Menu > Settings > Files.
    It is also easy to generate airport and airspace files for your area using the Mobile Wizard in SeeYou on the PC.  The Mobile Wizard is shown in my SeeYou Training video number 46 here

    Pre-installed Airport and Airspace files:
    • Africa
    • Alps
    • Australia
    • BeNeLux
    • The Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Hungary
    • New Zealand
    • Scandinavia
    • Spain
    • UK
    • USA (divided into files for "USA West", "USA Central" and "USA East"

    I can provide airport and airspace files for other countries or regions upon request.  I charge $20 for that service.

Specifications
Screen Size:5" diagonal
Screen brightness:900 to 950 nits (extremely bright - sunlight readable)
Screen Dimensions: 2.48" x 4.37" (63 mm x 111 mm)
Screen Resolution:480 x 272 pixels
Overall Size:135 x 86 x 25 mm (5.3 x 3.4 x 0.98 inches)
Weight:6.4 ounces (0.4 pounds) (181 grams) 
Processor: 
ARM 11, 500 MHz
Current:
200 to 220 mA (plus about 150 to 200 mA when battery is being charged)
Battery Duration with 
backlight at full brightness:
about 2 hours, 45 minutes - However, the unit has a light sensor and can
dim the backlight when inside (such as in the hanger)
- which will extend the battery life quite a lot. 

Included:
The Oudie comes with a complete set of accessories.

  • Oudie unit
  • SeeYou Mobile Software and maps and airspace and waypoints for most of the world pre-installed
  • SeeYou Mobile Lifetime software license
    The SeeYou Mobile software license includes free upgrades to the SeeYou mobile software for the life of the Oudie unit. The license key is tied to the serial number of the Oudie and can be sold with the Oudie.
  • User Manual for Naviter Oudie
    Actually more of a short "Getting Started" manual. A full Oudie 2 manual is available on the Naviter web site at www.naviter.com - then go to the Products menu and select Oudie 2.
  • Program Installation CD
    Contains installation programs for SeeYou for PC, SeeYou Mobile and ConnectMe.  Note: A license for SeeYou for PC is not included with the Oudie.  If you do not already own a license for SeeYou for PC, I highly recommend buying the Naviter-Oudie2-Bundle.  You save $35 when you order them together in the bundle.
  • Cable, USB to mini-USB
    For connecting the Oudie to a PC or Socket Mobile Power Pack, This is a standard USB to mini-USB cable.  If you lose it you can buy another at Radio Shack or Best Buy or Target, etc.
  • Wall Charger
    With 4 exchangeable plugs (for use in different countries) - supplies 5V power to the Oudie.
  • Car Charger
    male cigarette lighter plug to mini-USB connector, includes a 12V to 5V voltage reducer and provides 5V power to the Oudie.
  • Oudie Cradle
    Simple plastic cradle for use with supplied suction cup mount.  The cradle works great with a RAM arm or gooseneck arms using the optional Richter-Cradle-Adapter.  Extra cradles are available for $5.  I have them in stock.
  • Suction Cup Mount
    This is designed for use on a glass window in a car.  Since it has a mechanism for pulling a strong suction it may or may not be ideal for use on an expensive and flexible glider canopy.  I don't recommend using similar devices in gliders because they "dimple" the canopy when in use and may cause crazing over time.  I recommend using the Oudie's cradle with the Richter-Cradle-Adapter and a RAM arm or GNeck2 gooseneck or RAM suction cup mount.
  • Oudie Cable Kit (see details here)
    • Oudie Power/data cable 
      Includes: 12 V power leads, mini-USB connector for Oudie, and RJ45 connector.  The RJ45 connector can be connected directly to a FLARM or PowerFLARM unit or Volkslogger.  This cable will provide the 12V power to the FLARM, PowerFLARM or Volkslogger.  The pins connections are to the "IGC Standard".
    • Adapter, RJ45 to DB-9m
      This is a configurable adapter that can be used to connect the Oudie Power/data cable to a variety of soaring instruments.  Simply push the pins into the receptacles on the DB-9m connector and snap the connector into the housing. 
    • Adapter, RJ45 to DB-9f
      This is a configurable adapter that can be used to connect the Oudie Power/data cable to a variety of soaring instruments.  Simply push the pins into the receptacles on the DB-9f connector and snap the connector into the housing.
    • 20 cm cable extension with RJ12 connectors and RJ45 Coupler
      For connecting to LX Colibri, Colibri II Power/data cable, LX20/2000, MiniBox, RedBox

Recommended Accessories

Memory Expansion: microSD card, It accepts either standard or high-density (greater than 2 GB) cards . It also has 4 GB or internal memory (of which 2GB will be used by pre-installed world wide vector maps).  The remaining memory can be used to store waypoint and airspace files.  The Oudie looks like a USB Flash Drive when connected to a PC using a standard USB cable.  Therefore, the Mobile Wizard (in SeeYou on the PC) can be used to send waypoint and airspace files directly to the Oudie memory.

With Oudie there will be no more empty batteries, lost data, re-installations and re-registrations. All the data is kept in flash memory so even if the battery goes dead all you have to do is refill the battery and everything is there. No setup, no installation, nothing.  Since it comes with SeeYou Mobile and worldwide Vector Maps installed, initial setup is greatly reduced.  You still need to transfer waypoint and airspace files to the device through the microSD card, or to the internal memory using a USB cable, but that is about it.

Question: Is a microSD memory card required?
Answer: The Oudie has a microSD slot, but does not include a microSD card.  A customer supplied microSD card may be used to transfer flight logs from the Oudie to your PC and to transfer waypoint and airspace files from the PC to the Oudie.  However, and SD card is not necessarily required because you can also transfer data by connecting the Oudie to a PC using a standard USB cable.  There is plenty of memory (about 2 GB) in the Oudie which can be used for storing waypoint and airspace files and flight logs.  When you connect the Oudie to the PC the Oudie looks like a USB Flash Drive.  You can then use Windows File Explorer to transfer the files between the PC and Oudie.  However, some pilots (especially pilots in a syndicate in which many pilots use the glider and Oudie) may want to use a microSD card to transfer flight logs home and leave the Oudie at the gliderport. 

Question: Can I run WinPilot or pocket*StrePla or Glide Navigator II on the Oudie?
Answer: No.  Those software products have not been upgraded to run on devices like this one.

External Power
I imagine that the internal battery will power the unit for only an hour or 2.  Therefore it will probably be necessary to power the unit either with an external portable battery such as the Battery-5V-8000mAh-w-charger or Battery-5V-11200mAh-w-charger, or to power it with 12V using its supplied Oudie power/data cable.  The Oudie works great with the Battery-5V-8000mAh-w-charger or Battery-5V-11200mAh-w-charger and a standard USB to mini-USB cable (included with the Oudie) can be used to connect them together. The Battery-5V-8000mAh-w-charger powers the Oudie 2 for 14 hours and theBattery-5V-11200mAh-w-charger powers the Oudie 2 for 18 hours.

Power/Data Cables
The Oudie is supplied with an Oudie Cable Kit with a built-in 12V to 5V power converter and an RS-232 voltage level converter.  It will work great for connection to 12V power but the built-in 12V to 5V connector is not required for connection to a Cambridge 302 or LX1600 or LX7007 or Goddard PS-5a power converter - since those products can supply the required 5V power for the Oudie.  Therefore, the cables below are recommended for use with a Cambridge 302, IMI Erixx, LX1600, LX7007 or Goddard PS-5a power converter.  
Oudie-PS5a-1 (several other lengths are also available)
Oudie-LX1600-1 
Oudie-Erixx-1

Oudie-EWmicroRec-0.3 - Important Note: If you connect the Oudie power/data cable's RJ45 connector directly to an EW microRecorder, it will probably kill the EW microRecorder.  It is important that you use this adapter cable.

Mounting Options
The unit includes a suction cup mount designed for use on a glass window in a car.  Since it has a mechanism for pulling a strong suction it may or may not be ideal for use on an expensive and flexible glider canopy.  I don't recommend using similar devices in gliders because they "dimple" the canopy when in use and may cause crazing over time.  I recommend using the Oudie's cradle with the Richter Cradle Adapter and a RAM arm or GNeck2 gooseneck or RAM suction cup mount.  Details are shown below.

Tip
Rotate the screen
I recommend rotating the Oudie screen 180 degrees so the power/data cable connects to the top of the Oudie.  That gets it out of the way so it can't be bumped by your leg in flight.  To rotate the screen, in SeeYou Mobile on the Oudie, go to Menu > Settings > User Interface (UI) and select screen orientation 90 at the top of the screen.  the change takes effect when you exit (saving your changes) and re-start SeeYou Mobile.

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